Glad Tidings and Much Merriment for December, 2016

From our home to yours: For my friends and readers across the globe who celebrate the Holiday Season in all its many forms (and even those who do not), we chose the theme of our own childhood Christmas pasts for this year. For more on that subject, and the making of our annual card, you […]

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Alex Anderson Test Drives a Pellerin

In case you needed any more reason to come one of our Harp Guitar Gatherings (see Andy Wahlberg’s surprise award last issue), here’s a little inspirational tale of the kind of magic – and friendship and opportunity – that seems to routinely pop up at these events.  As so much goes on there, I wasn’t […]

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HGG14: Andy Wahlberg, Overachiever

After Stanley Alexandrowicz’s historical presentation, our last event of our action-packed Saturday line up for the 14th Harp Guitar Gathering was an old friend. Those of us who answered Stephen Bennett’s beacon call in 2003 to attend what would go down in history as the first annual Harp Guitar Gathering have fond memories of those […]

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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 […]

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HGG14: The Luthiers

Continuing the coverage of the 14th Harp Guitar Gathering… We wrapped up the long-awaited harp guitar debut of Don Ross, and began our Luthier Panel, something we have done every single year since HGG1.  We had two last-minute trip cancellations (Duane Noble and Max Monterosso) which gave us the opportunity to include some new faces. […]

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Manzarene Dreams

What a great sub-title for the latest repackaging of the 1927-29 78rpm recordings of the legendary gospel singer/fretless zitherist Washington Phillips. Readers may recall my report and analysis of the 2015 newspaper clipping discovery by reporter Michael Corcoran that revealed Phillip’s original instrument and its colorful name.  The new release by Dust to Digital (another […]

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HGG14: Don Ross

Lots of different harp guitar styles during Saturday morning’s segments at the 14th Harp Guitar Gathering.  No sooner did we finish with four new features, than we moved on to a fifth, Canadian Don Ross. Yes, that Don Ross!  With many of the hottest fingerstyle players – McKee, Alder, Dufour, de Grassi and more recently […]

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HGG14 – Harp Guitar Converts

With nary a pause after Alex Anderson ended his Saturday morning debut Harp Guitar Gathering 14 appearance, three more players took the stage with their own thirty minute sets.  We called this 90 minute section “Harp Guitar Converts” – though, technically, aren’t we all?! However, we had not featured any of these players before, and […]

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HGG14 – Alex Anderson

After last night’s Harp Guitar Gathering 14 banquet and a late night, we had to hit the ground running on Saturday morning. A quick Hilton breakfast, then over to this year’s venue, the beautiful old Methodist Church which grants us a place to do our thing (thanks to member Nancy Bennett and friends).  PS: Chuck […]

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HGG14 – Friday Night Banquet Open Mic

You saw some of us at the Gathering Before the Storm on Thursday night, but now it’s: Day 1 of the 14th Harp Guitar Gathering in Milford, CT! Below, registration begins in the late afternoon at the Hilton Garden Inn.  The hotel was on top of their game when we were here five years ago…this […]

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