Winter NAMM, 2019

I can sum up my short NAMM experience this last Saturday in two words: Filippo Bertipaglia. But more on that later. Ah, the NAMM circus in Anaheim … every year I say last one, and every year I’m back (but just for a day). It’s actually fun – mainly seeing all the musical friends I’ve […]

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Mugwumps Harp Guitar Time Capsule

The late great Michael Holmes (May 24, 1941 – Feb 18, 2016) was 14 years my senior. While I was just discovering the acoustic guitar and instrumental music in High School in 1971, he was founding Mugwumps, his self-produced journal that was years ahead of its time (this was 8 years before the seminal Frets […]

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Merry Christmas!

With only one dog to wrangle now, our annual holiday card took a rather big leap this year. Our best to you and yours! (Salutation…and much more…hidden in this picture. Click to enlarge and then expand to full size). And a week later (12/31/18)…

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Hiro Takai, Rest In Peace

The world-wide harp guitar community and friends beyond the music world are mourning the loss of “Hiro-san” – our dear friend Hirokatsu Takai – who passed away December 18th, 2018. Hiro had suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm just after finishing a performance at his favorite club ten days prior, and never recovered. He was an […]

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Gibson Harp Guitar No. 5703 Lost and Found

You may recall my revelation 2-1/2 years ago about the fanciest Gibson harp guitar ever built – serial # 5703 – that I included in my article on Gibson World’s Fair Harp Guitars. Though rumored to “have been built for the World’s Fair,” I believe I demonstrated otherwise. So what was it? Well, turns out […]

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A Lute Out of a Nightmare

And now for something completely different. Much of my energy this year was spent on a long treasure hunt of sorts. It began in February when I stumbled upon a Facebook notice for a completely-under-the-radar auction of incredible musical instruments in Germany. Ultimately, I won three items (I bid on a dozen, and would’ve bid […]

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Stephen Bennett’s HGG16 Workshop

Just like my last blog, guest-penned by Martin Pleass, today’s is another guest spot by Martin’s U.K. partner-in-crime, Tommy Loose. Even though he’s across the globe in China (his day job), he still managed to get this in! You may remember Tommy, last year’s “Newbie” who not only played on stage for his first visit […]

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Tony Barnard’s Workshop at The Gathering

One of our new Gathering regulars is the talented, hilarious, rock and roll star and academic scholar Martin Pleass (rhymes with “grease”). That’s him with his Bown harp guitar talking to me (Dave Powell in bg). Along with Tommy Loose and Tony Barnard (both featured at HGG16 this year), Martin came all the way from […]

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Harp Guitar Gathering 16

For those of you who missed it, HGG16 photos are up! Taken by our resident CHGP (Certified Harp Guitar Photographer) Chuck Thompson, beautiful photographs of the 3-day event are available for download or purchase here (a reminder to please thank and credit Chuck if you use any of his photos). Photo albums contain no captions […]

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The Ballad of Serge Singer

It’s extremely rare when my main two nerdy obsessions – harp guitars and Disney – overlap in any way. I’d certainly count this as one of the more unusual. Yes, it’s a YouTube clip of the famous Paris vocalist Serge Singer with this trademark harpe guitare performing the 1955 hit “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.” […]

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