Recent Harp Guitar CDs

It seems like it’s been ages since I last did this (February, 2017, now that I look it up).  Apologizes if I’ve missed any below.  Just remind me (or send) and I’ll add it in if appropriate. As usual, I stop short of giving actual “reviews” (which often becomes politically problematic for me) but have […]

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Linscott’s Bohmann

As you’ve often heard me say, one of the biggest perks of this harp guitar hobby is unearthing some wonderful new historical photograph captured a hundred or so years ago and now revealed. And so, could there be anything cooler than an image that features not just a maker I study, or a style of […]

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Floating Strings in Carlsbad

The world’s most elaborate and spectacular public display of harp guitars has ended.  It was an extremely popular 7-month exhibit at NAMM’s Museum of Making Music and took up a good year of my life to help create as guest curator.  It told – and showed – the story of the harp guitar in America, […]

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Massimo Traffano and the Brahms-Harp Guitar

As I mentioned in the final chapter of our Genoa trip, in June, 2017 I met a Genovese classical guitarist who had come to the attention of my colleague Franco Ghisalberti after inventing a new harp guitar variant. Franco was confused by the instrument, and after I met Massimo Traffano at the reception following the […]

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Genoa, 2017 Part 3

Surprisingly, after last night’s dinner of local Genovese beef au natural, we slept very well.  After a pleasant Sunday morning hotel breakfast, we walked across the lobby to a meeting room for an appointment with new friends Massimo Traffano and Alica Careddu, a lovely couple who spoiled us with their excellent English.  Franco had told […]

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Genoa, 2017 Part 2

After a wonderful evening downstairs in our hotel at the private reception Franco hosted for us following the special concert of Fabrizio Giudice, Jaci and I had only to amble over to the elevator, press “5,” locate our passkey and topple into bed. I woke (late) to Jaci working on origami, of all things.  She […]

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Genoa, 2017 Part 1

In June 2017, my wife Jaci and I enjoyed another European trip, instigated in part on my musical interests and activities; on her part, it would be to see similarly interesting things, and for both of us, many friends. After a wonderful time in Scotland, we made the short journey from Edinburgh to Genoa, Italy, […]

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Scotland, 2017 Part 6: Called but Salvaged on Account of Rain

After our several days of AMIS musical instrument fun, we had desperately wanted to get out to the Highlands for once, but didn’t plan a bus tour in time, plus were worried about weather.  And good reason, too.  Our idyllic Scotland week was over and the steady, unrelenting rain (how is it that their water […]

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Harp Guitar Exhibit Visit

Last night we went down to The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad for the final sold-out concert in the Harp Guitar series (Stephen Bennett).  He was alternately captivating and hilarious as always.  He asked me up to close the night with “The Water is Wide” as tribute to our friend Dennis Mitchell, who passed […]

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Scotland, 2017 Part 5: Monday Musical Field Trip

Star Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017.  Location: Edinburgh, Scotland.  What & Why: The annual AMIS Meeting. This was to be the last day of the 2017 Meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society, which had teamed up once again with the British Isles’ Galpin Society to double our musical instrument geek-out experience.  The conference was […]

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