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Hula Lula – Yours for a Song!

Someone at the 15th Harp Guitar Gathering may be going home with a cheap date. That would be “Hula Lula” – and by cheap, I don’t mean to disparage this hourglass-figured diamond-in-the-rough – I’m talking about the bill. Dan Pease (of Harp Guitar Gathering regulars “Dan & Bets” fame) has generously donated his beloved for […]

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 […]

Harp Guitars in the News

Apologies to those following my Summer Vacation series (SO much more cool stuff to come)… I have to take a hiatus to concentrate on our upcoming public harp guitar exhibition in Carlsbad.  This will be major. The Museum of Making Music’s “Notes” newsletter (at right) arrived in the mail the other day and I realized […]

Scotland Part 2: Everything from Owls to Keyed Guitars

Thursday, June 1, 2017: After the AMIS opening reception at Edinburgh’s St. Cecilia’s Hall (new home of the Musical Instrument museum) then our first pub and now tremendously jet-lagged we slept like the dead.  Assuming the dead similarly jolt awake at all hours during their bedtime and have really weird dreams.  So no, 12 fitful […]

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 […]

Do or Dyer: Archiving Harp Guitar History

A few months ago, The Harp Guitar Foundation was able to purchase a complete 1907/1908 W. J. Dyer & Bro. catalog (thank you, donors!).  Robert Carl Hartman (Bob, to his friends) and I worked out a plan for him to contribute and eventually own the original. The seller would not share much information on the […]

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” – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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