Archive for the ‘Contemporary Music’ Category

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 […]

Recent Harp Guitar CDs

It seems like it’s been ages since I last did this (February, 2017, now that I look it up).  Apologizes if I’ve missed any below.  Just remind me (or send) and I’ll add it in if appropriate. As usual, I stop short of giving actual “reviews” (which often becomes politically problematic for me) but have […]

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 […]

NAMM, 2018

Sadly, my heart was just not into NAMM this year, as we lost our eldest dog Auggie last Sunday (Facebook friends, thanks for your sympathies). But I needed an excuse to get out of the house, and had a business meeting with the team building the new Timberline harp guitars, so made the trek.  It […]

Harp Guitar Gathering 15: Another Guest Travelogue

Here’s a second look at the last Harp Guitar Gathering – #15, which I hosted and will post about myself one day!  Technically, it was hosted by The Museum of Making Music…and organized and run mostly by my wife, Jaci.  But I make a great figurehead. This experience (presented in PDF form below) was written […]

The 15th Anniversary Harp Guitar Gathering: A First Timer’s Experience

As much as I’d love to do my weekly photo blog series to capture the epic 15th Anniversary Harp Guitar Gathering Jaci and I hosted this year, I’m leaving that for others for now. We start with this epic guest blog from a first timer to the Gathering, and only a second timer to the […]

Plucked String Books of 2017

Hey all – I’m way behind, and before I forget, wanted to share this recent crop of books that may interest you.  Some harp guitar-related, lots of mandolin info and other esoteric stuff.  All are labors of love – meaning, these folks who I am proud to call friends and colleagues just want to share […]

Isn’t it Good Norwegian Wood?

Much to my surprise, the answer is…well, I’ll let you read and judge for yourself! My first surprise at this month’s 15th Harp Guitar Gathering, which my wife and I hosted at the NAMM Museum of Making Music, was our “hostess gift” – my just-finished new CD, included in each family’s registration packet. Physical copies […]


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