As mentioned last issue, at the 11th Harp Guitar Gathering, we held our usual Friday night open mic, with a similar Round Robin Sunday morning. We even fit in one extra open mic during Saturday lunch! So we heard lots of new music, including some from some new faces. For example:
Randall Sprinkle, from Charlotte NC. Randall came last year, but let his son Caleb play his Tony Karol harp guitar. This year, he had the stage all to himself. He played (beautifully) an original and a hymn, as I recall.
Eric Elias, from Manchester, CT is a jazz guitar guy who really wanted a harp guitar, so decided to just try and build one. Hey, it got the job done and sounded good! We joked about him joining the luthier panel to demonstrate live onstage using a Makita to put a few more drywall screws into the headstock (no, it wasn’t quite that crude). He was just starting to figure it out, so only managed to sneak in a couple subs (for which I put him on notice).
Ed Dowling has come to most of Gatherings (with his wife Sally), but we can rarely get the modest fellow to play in public. He’s a great musician with an arsenal of harp guitars (this is his new Worland).
Rob Mastrianni drove up from New York just for Friday evening so he could show us what he’s doing with his Coral sitar guitar: the neck’s got the jawari bridge buzz thing going on, while the drones, which he uses as super-trebles, sounded very crystalline. And electric HG is always a nice switch!
James Platt on his Holloway. James came to HGG9 (where he famously tuned SB’s Dyer to Db, something we will never, ever let him forget). This time, he did a great cover of a tune that only Nate Blaustein recognized (“A Thousand Years” from the Twilight saga). Nate then killed with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.”
Your turn next year?!