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A Lute Out of a Nightmare

And now for something completely different. Much of my energy this year was spent on a long treasure hunt of sorts. It began in February when I stumbled upon a Facebook notice for a completely-under-the-radar auction of incredible musical instruments in Germany. Ultimately, I won three items (I bid on a dozen, and would’ve bid […]

Tony Barnard’s Workshop at The Gathering

One of our new Gathering regulars is the talented, hilarious, rock and roll star and academic scholar Martin Pleass (rhymes with “grease”). That’s him with his Bown harp guitar talking to me (Dave Powell in bg). Along with Tommy Loose and Tony Barnard (both featured at HGG16 this year), Martin came all the way from […]

Harp Guitar Gathering 16

For those of you who missed it, HGG16 photos are up! Taken by our resident CHGP (Certified Harp Guitar Photographer) Chuck Thompson, beautiful photographs of the 3-day event are available for download or purchase here (a reminder to please thank and credit Chuck if you use any of his photos). Photo albums contain no captions […]

A Short – Yet Surprisingly Complete – History of the Modern Archguitar

Those of you who attended our 12th Harp Guitar Gathering in Idaho in 2014 will recall that (in honor of one of our featured guests, Jon Mendle) I presented an in-depth look at an instrument called the “archguitar” (or arch guitar). I was always rather proud of my efforts and intended to one day turn […]

Miner Museum Deaccesions

…which is a fancy word for “I’ve got too much stuff, am completely out of room, don’t have time or energy to play all these, and after much soul-searching and gnashing of teeth I’ve decided to let some painstakingly-acquired things go.” Ten items now offered for sale, on my new page called “Treasures From the […]

Floating Strings in Carlsbad

The world’s most elaborate and spectacular public display of harp guitars has ended.  It was an extremely popular 7-month exhibit at NAMM’s Museum of Making Music and took up a good year of my life to help create as guest curator.  It told – and showed – the story of the harp guitar in America, […]

Massimo Traffano and the Brahms-Harp Guitar

As I mentioned in the final chapter of our Genoa trip, in June, 2017 I met a Genovese classical guitarist who had come to the attention of my colleague Franco Ghisalberti after inventing a new harp guitar variant. Franco was confused by the instrument, and after I met Massimo Traffano at the reception following the […]

Harp Guitar Exhibit Visit

Last night we went down to The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad for the final sold-out concert in the Harp Guitar series (Stephen Bennett).  He was alternately captivating and hilarious as always.  He asked me up to close the night with “The Water is Wide” as tribute to our friend Dennis Mitchell, who passed […]

Southern Cal Harp Guitar Happenings

For friends and readers not on Facebook, I’ve added a couple public posts there recently: HGGG:   Trevor Gordon Hall show

Akustik Gitarre Magazine Harp Guitar Time Capsule

In 2011, one of the participants at HGG9 (the 9th Harp Guitar Gathering) was Michael Lohr, who had come all the way from Germany.  He had gotten the bug after seeing Stephen Bennett and soon bought one of the China Holloways, which he brought with him.  He fit our group like a glove, had a […]


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