Archive for the ‘General’ Category

HGG15 Logo Contest Winners

I have to say that this was a lot of fun for me… …and 3 other readers.  Yes, in the 30 days of the worldwide public contest, we got exactly three submissions. And all 3 are winners – just for playing! Winner #1 is my brother, Mark with 15.55 points (no, we didn’t have a […]

Because Man Cannot Live On Harp Guitar Alone

Here’s something a little different that my harp guitar blog readers might find interesting: a new article I just published on my minermusic.com web site. Friends and constituents know that I’ve long been interested in every form of plucked stringed instrument, from the mundane to the spectacular. This particular instrument brings us the “mundane” – […]

Our Harp Guitar Gathering Resort

We updated the hotel page with an additional clarification, as some couples may wish to book a room with one king-size bed.  Our rate for this room assumes 1 person and 1 breakfast voucher.  So tell the desk agent that you want to add an additional breakfast voucher.  The total daily room cost will thus […]

The HGG15 Logo Contest

The 15th Anniversary Harp Guitar Gathering is officially underway! First step: The proper logo. This year’s illustration (yes, our “logos” have grown way beyond that meaning!) was designed and executed by Sebastien Solignac.  He’s the graphic designer who’s done Stephen Bennett’s last couple CD covers and also Andy McKee’s home page moving illustration.  I loved […]

Donors and Password Update

Hello all, Just a heads up that I’ve updated the Foundation Donors page to update current Supporting donations (I was a year behind).  Meaning, the few remaining listed are still “active site members.”  Several dozen were moved to the Past Donors page, so aren’t privy to the new Members Section password (just now changed for […]

Happy Harp Guitar New Year!

Vintage postcard courtesy of Michael John Simmons: “Happy New Year!” from Estonia (yes, I know the weirdo kid is fretting the wrong neck, but it’s the thought that counts). Prediction: 2017 will be a huge year for the harp guitar.

Glad Tidings and Much Merriment for December, 2016

From our home to yours: For my friends and readers across the globe who celebrate the Holiday Season in all its many forms (and even those who do not), we chose the theme of our own childhood Christmas pasts for this year. For more on that subject, and the making of our annual card, you […]

Manzarene Dreams

What a great sub-title for the latest repackaging of the 1927-29 78rpm recordings of the legendary gospel singer/fretless zitherist Washington Phillips. Readers may recall my report and analysis of the 2015 newspaper clipping discovery by reporter Michael Corcoran that revealed Phillip’s original instrument and its colorful name.  The new release by Dust to Digital (another […]

HGG14 – Pre-Gathering Gatherers

Like Harp Guitar Gathering 9 in Milford, CT (was that really five years ago?) hosts Stephen and Nancy Bennett kindly invited any and all early-arrivals to stop by Thursday night.  Coming from L.A., we always seem to arrive last, but at least it makes for a nice, dramatic entrance.  Old and new friends there to […]

More High School Memories

I haven’t done one of my personal blogs for awhile, and this just came in, so we interupt our regularly scheduled harp guitar blogs for this nostalgic moment. My brother Mark went to his 45th high school reunion last night.  To “prep,” he got out his yearbooks for a quick cram session. Having graduated two […]


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