Archive for the ‘Contemporary Players’ Category

Matt Redman, Live at the Miner Museum

Firstly, make sure that no matter what, you get to the bottom of this post to play the video Matt has kindly let me share with you. Last week, you met Matt Redman, a pen pal of mine from the U.K. who I met just this last February. For his authentic musical recreations of early […]

Matt Redman, Bringing the Past into the Present

“What do they sound like?” “What music did they play?” These are two common questions I am inevitably asked by visitors to the Miner Museum, whether the visitors are interested in ethnic, ancient European or early American instruments. I wish I had the time and talent to be prepared to demonstrate on command, but alas, […]

Michael Hedges Recap

It’s always nice to discover an unpublished photo of Michael Hedges. This one is a beautiful shot that shows his black-top Knutsen harp guitar (“Darth”) to good advantage, especially the replaced neck/headstock. It’s unfortunately printed on newsprint and folded, but still a rare and wonderful find. It’s currently for sale on eBay (please let me […]

Winter NAMM, 2019

I can sum up my short NAMM experience this last Saturday in two words: Filippo Bertipaglia. But more on that later. Ah, the NAMM circus in Anaheim … every year I say last one, and every year I’m back (but just for a day). It’s actually fun – mainly seeing all the musical friends I’ve […]

Hiro Takai, Rest In Peace

The world-wide harp guitar community and friends beyond the music world are mourning the loss of “Hiro-san” – our dear friend Hirokatsu Takai – who passed away December 18th, 2018. Hiro had suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm just after finishing a performance at his favorite club ten days prior, and never recovered. He was an […]

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 […]

Stephen Bennett’s HGG16 Workshop

Just like my last blog, guest-penned by Martin Pleass, today’s is another guest spot by Martin’s U.K. partner-in-crime, Tommy Loose. Even though he’s across the globe in China (his day job), he still managed to get this in! You may remember Tommy, last year’s “Newbie” who not only played on stage for his first visit […]

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 […]


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