Archive for the ‘Historical Makers’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

Danish Harp Guitar Discoveries

I was fortunate a few months ago to have inspired one of my readers enough for them to tackle a new research project and author an article for us.  He is Thomas Nielsen of Denmark, and his piece is a rare English language look at Danish guitarist Soffren Degen, our current Harpguitars.net Player of the […]

Some Assembly Required

Yes, it’s Christmas morning, and in keeping with the nostalgia theme of Jaci’s and my annual holiday card, here’s a tribute to all the fathers (and less I sound too 2016 politically incorrect, a mother or two) who ever had to unfold those detailed yet inarticulate plans and actually try to assemble the attractive item […]

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 […]

Super-Treble Harp Guitar Videos

I’ve noticed an increase in the amount of players of “harp guitars with super-trebles” lately – along with the occasional new instrument – in new videos via Facebook and YouTube, so thought I’d do a quick update for those who might otherwise miss some of this news.  And thanks to all who alert me to […]

Bohmann’s Contra Bass Harp Guitars

Six months ago, I wrote about a giant circa 1900 baritone harp guitar by F. W. Walton (the one on the right).  In that article, I theorized that Walton may have copied a then-recent creation of Chicago’s Joseph Bohmann – namely, his Contra Bass Harp Guitar (on the left). Incredibly, at least four of these […]


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