Archive for the ‘Historical Makers’ Category

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 […]

Harp Guitar Exhibit Souvenirs Now Available

Just in time for every musician on your Holiday shopping list, The Museum of Making Music has added 4 special items to their online store. For those who missed our 15th anniversary Harp Guitar Gathering, and won’t be able to make it to Southern California before next May, this is your chance; all items are […]

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 […]

Harp Guitar Gathering 15 – Part 2

For those of you who couldn’t make it – and for those of you who were there but didn’t have time to properly absorb it – NAMM has posted an article on the exhibit that all Gathering goers were treated to, and that will run through the end of next April. The bulk of the […]

A Little More to the Left…

Yes!  I’ve added another credit to my musical resume: Professional Museum Exhibit Installer. Sure, I’ve curated my own little museum for years, but this was at a professional public instruction: NAMM’s Museum of Making Music.  As you know, we’re opening the special exhibition “FLOATING STRINGS: The Remarkable Story of the Harp Guitar in America” there […]

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 […]


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