Archive for the ‘Historical Players’ Category

Vardon, Perry & Wilber Meet the Library of Congress

That’s right … “Those Three Boys” are finally enshrined for all time. I just sent the monograph on my favorite Vaudeville team to the Library of Congress. While this is my fourth (self-published) printed book (the first being the Museum of Making Music’s harp guitar exhibit catalog), it is my first fully realized project – […]

Knutsen’s Electrical Knnection

Some 15 years ago, I had the great privilege and joy to have had an official “Assistant to the Knutsen Archives.” Darrell Urbien was not only as obsessive and nerd-perfect as I was, he actually lived in Echo Park near downtown Los Angeles. He knew this area – the very haunts of Chris Knutsen in […]

Harp Guitar Foundation and Gathering News

We – the Harp Guitar Foundation Board and Advisors – have been brainstorming this for a couple years, and mentioned it at HGG17.  It is now official. Here’s what Stephen Bennett said at the Gathering last October: “While the Gathering has been part of the Harp Guitar Foundation for about a decade now, the Foundation […]

The Paul Gardie/Harmony Orchestral Harp Guitar

Nine years after I first wrote about this instrument, I saw one of those old photos popping up on Facebook, with the multitudes there mostly ignorant of the fascinating true story behind it. And so, I collated my 3 blogs about it, added some new photos and material and have a new Harp Guitar of […]

Knutsen Harp Bandurria No. 2

There’s nothing I love better than over-the-top Knutsen eccentric esoterica, and this about takes the cake. Knutsen put his hollow arm on just about any instrument that caught his fancy, and the Spanish bandurria apparently did.  And so, back in 2003 the first Knutsen harp bandurria turned up, owned by Alan & Rachelle Frazier. It […]

First Harp Guitar to the South Pole Wins

I recently finished the book I mentioned picking up at AMIS: A Stowaway Ukulele Revealed: Richard Konter & the Byrd Polar Expeditions by Larry Bartram with Dick Boak. The story is both interesting and entertaining, as is the story of the story – how the authors met, found mutual interest in seeing this through, and […]

Bohmania!

I think I’ll call this the Summer of (Joseph) Bohmann… …as that’s how long it’ll likely take you to get through two brand new articles and four updated major articles related to the celebrated Chicago harp guitar maker. All can be accessed through this new page. This all came about after the release of Sheri […]

Early Gibson Guitar Strings By Way of the Harp Guitar

Time for a shout out to the Guild of American Luthiers, of which I seem to perpetually find myself a member. Believe it or not, I have never built a guitar – nor do I repair my own instruments – I only do the simplest of tweaks for setup or easy repairs. Yet I have […]

AMIS, 2019 in Greenville, SC

Greetings! I’d here to report on my lovely trip to the 2019 Meeting/Conference/Symposium of the American Musical Instrument Society. As always, click on (most) photos to expand for details. This year’s was held in Greenville, South Carolina, hosted by Tom Strange (pictured) and staff at their wonderful 1-year-old Carolina Music Museum. The impressive collection consists […]

Matt Redman, Live at the Miner Museum

Firstly, make sure that no matter what, you get to the bottom of this post to play the video Matt has kindly let me share with you. Last week, you met Matt Redman, a pen pal of mine from the U.K. who I met just this last February. For his authentic musical recreations of early […]


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