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Harp Guitar Gathering 15 – Part 2

For those of you who couldn’t make it – and for those of you who were there but didn’t have time to properly absorb it – NAMM has posted an article on the exhibit that all Gathering goers were treated to, and that will run through the end of next April. The bulk of the […]

Harp Guitar Gathering 15 – Part 1

Our biggest attendance ever (I have counted those on stage yet…please do!). Chuck Thompson, C.H.G.P., has photos up now!  Sorry, no captions.  Narrative threads will hopefully appear on this blog, the Gathering section of the site, and Facebook – once my volunteer authors start submitting their entries.  Needless to say, I’m exhausted, but I did […]

Floating Strings…

Holy Sub-basses, Batman!  This thing is happening! Before you click on the link…some updates: We always have a dozen late-comers to the Gathering and will accommodate them as always.  However, please be advised: Hotel filled up and we added another small block of rooms at our special rate.  We have this rate until late September […]

The 15th Harp Guitar Gathering is Coming!

Full details are now posted and registration begins now! HGG15 Home Page This year’s features include: You absolutely, positively do not want to miss this one! And did I mention I’m guest curating a special 7-month public harp guitar exhibition at our venue, The Museum of Making Music?  It opens a week before our Gathering […]

Steampunk Stahl

Facebook friends and followers of Emerald Guitars, the Harp Guitar Group or Steampunk Stace (the artist formerly known as Hobbs) have recently been going gaga over the new custom Emerald harp guitar Alistair Hay created for SS, complete with working Steampunk gears (wonder how that’ll record?).  It is definitely a handsome and modern creation (see […]

Tom Shinness Harp Guitar Memories

We were all shocked and unimaginably saddened to learn last month that Tom Shinness had passed away on February 17, 2017 after a short battle with cancer.  Friends and fans have been publicly grieving and sharing videos and thoughts on Facebook, and the family held a “Celebration of Life” service with memories and music on […]

Recent Harp Guitar Albums

I had originally titled this “CD Releases” and realized that it’s probably time to stop referencing “compact discs” – you know, those shiny round things in nice colorful plastic or cardboard packaging.  I still buy them (and yes, bought a couple of these to support the artists), as I usually only have time to listen […]

NAMM 2017

Once again I studiously avoided trying to go to NAMM this year, that insane musical zoo in Anaheim…but there were many people I wanted to meet, some for the first time. There were even a few surprises!  By sheer luck, the one day I could make it (yesterday) was the single dry day during an […]

HGG14: Sunday Workshops, Recital and Wrap-up

After Saturday night’s concert, the party back at the hotel lasted well into the wee hours.  I don’t remember going to bed or getting up – I only remember inexplicably finding myself at the crack of dawn attempting to give a 90 minute workshop. We had 4 workshops planned this year, but Stacy Hobbs had […]

HGG14: Saturday Night Concert and Jams

Hope everyone’s holidays were festive, fun, healthy and safe. I left off my 14th Harp Guitar Gathering report with Andy Wahlberg’s segment on Saturday afternoon. After dinner, players started to re-congregate: CHGP Chuck Thompson, who took most of the photos in these blogs.  That’s his friend’s “Nashville Harp Guitar.” Joe Giacoio has been to many […]


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