Before I continue with re-capping the performers and events, I wanted to thank, and introduce you to, all the past and new attendees who contributed to making this our biggest Registration turnout in our 9 years. What was especially gratifying were those who came for the weekend who don’t play at all (spouses, friends and fans), and, importantly, at least a half-dozen 6-string players (of all levels) who don’t yet own a harp guitar. Yes, it’s something we’ve been “harping” on for years (and I’ve blogged to death in the last month or two) – you want to come to a Gathering before buying your first (or second) harp guitar, if you possibly can. We managed to find loaner harp guitars for all these players, and we saw them trying out dozens more.
Below, I’d like to show all these folks that I have photos of, including all the non-concert players who entertained us during the various open mics or impromptu hallway jams. I’ll also show the Friday dinner tables with all the guests our photographer Chuck Thompson managed to catch. At the end, I’ll list all the remaining registered Gathering attendees we don’t yet have a photo of – if you see your name on the list, and someone took a pic of you, please share it!
(Table names are only of those seated):
Harp Guitar playing friends from past Gatherings included:
And the plethora of first-time-attending current and future harp guitar players included:
Bob Workman, with his grandfather’s Dyer type 1 that we blogged about 2 months ago
All the players combined to make a spectacular grand finale (complete with “harp guitar choir”):
Additional Gathering Goers this year not shown above (or are in previous or upcoming blogs) included:
For first time:
Randy Klimpert & son Nate
John Hoyt (Brad’s uncle) & Suzanne Mount
Reid Kaplan & Sarah Whitaker
Janice Mitchell (Dennis’ wife)
Susan Taylor (Stacy Hobb’s better half)
I think that covers everybody (pending the rest of the stage performers); if I’ve left anyone out, please remind me!