Hey all – I’ve managed to snag enough photos from Warburtons, Morgans, Pease and Facebook to present this quick overview of the key segments. In the weeks to come, once more photos are in, I’ll concentrate on some of the different activities.
Start to finish of the official 11th Harp Guitar Gathering went thusly:
Friday afternoon: Registration at Quinnipiac University (pronounce it anyway you like; it’ll be wrong). Other than a few students, we had the run of the entire Law School building (courtesy of host John-don’t-quit-your-day-job-Thomas) – a great location!
We then headed downstairs to the Grand Courtroom for an Open Mic (Joe Morgan ran the P.A., Claude Laflamme is playing his brand new Pellerin). We resisted the urge to sit in the judge’s chairs to pass verdicts on the performances…
The next morning, Dave Powell started off our Saturday presentations with harp guitar fiddle tunes and more (on a fancy new Tonedevil). Incidentally, we announced that Dave and his brother Tone will be hosting HGG12 in Idaho next year!
I next presented “The Complete History of Super-Trebles” (literally). The audience was flabbergasted by this surprise early ’80’s photo of John Doan. Similarly, no one had guessed that John was the mystery harp guitarist on last month’s blog.
Back at the hotel, all you-know-what breaks loose in a series of impromptu jam sessions. This is what makes all the work worthwhile.
Andy sings “Cows With Guns,” inspiring the Highest Harmony Note contest (he won).
Sunday morning found us back in the main room for a Round Robin (I missed too much of it; SB said Steve Farmer’s performance [above] was fantastic). During the second half, the attendees broke off into smaller groups for Player Workshops with Muriel Anderson, Pete Bradshaw and Dave Powell.
As you presumably saw 2 blogs ago, we next headed to Rocky Top for the final Sunday afternoon concert (view from its back porch)
Sunday night saw us relaxing (boy, did I relax) at a fantastic gourmet pizza dinner party at John & Dorothy Thomas’ home. Bruce Labadie, do not post any video or you’re dead meat! (and so is my professional career)