Archive for the ‘Contemporary Players’ Category

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 […]

Alex Anderson Test Drives a Pellerin

In case you needed any more reason to come one of our Harp Guitar Gatherings (see Andy Wahlberg’s surprise award last issue), here’s a little inspirational tale of the kind of magic – and friendship and opportunity – that seems to routinely pop up at these events.  As so much goes on there, I wasn’t […]

HGG14: Andy Wahlberg, Overachiever

After Stanley Alexandrowicz’s historical presentation, our last event of our action-packed Saturday line up for the 14th Harp Guitar Gathering was an old friend. Those of us who answered Stephen Bennett’s beacon call in 2003 to attend what would go down in history as the first annual Harp Guitar Gathering have fond memories of those […]

HGG14: Stanley Alexandrowicz

By now I’m sure you can see just how much harp guitar we pack in at these Gatherings – and we’ve still a ways to go for HGG14, where we last finished up with some new luthier surprises. Ever since my first, long-winded (and still unfinished!) lecture on Chris Knutsen at the inaugural Harp Guitar […]

HGG14: Don Ross

Lots of different harp guitar styles during Saturday morning’s segments at the 14th Harp Guitar Gathering.  No sooner did we finish with four new features, than we moved on to a fifth, Canadian Don Ross. Yes, that Don Ross!  With many of the hottest fingerstyle players – McKee, Alder, Dufour, de Grassi and more recently […]

HGG14 – Harp Guitar Converts

With nary a pause after Alex Anderson ended his Saturday morning debut Harp Guitar Gathering 14 appearance, three more players took the stage with their own thirty minute sets.  We called this 90 minute section “Harp Guitar Converts” – though, technically, aren’t we all?! However, we had not featured any of these players before, and […]


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