Lest I Forget All About the 6-string Guitar…

(Duplicated from my Facebook page) For those looking for something refreshingly different at Anaheim, California’s NAMM show this weekend, I would highly recommend seeking out Italian guitar virtuoso Filippo Bertipaglia. He’ll be playing throughout the weekend for 4 vendors: L. R. Baggs, Godin, D. V. Mark and Gokko. Readers may recall that I wrote about […]

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Merry Christmas!

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Getting into the Christmas Spirit

Just brought home the tree, and the first ornament to go up is a creation of our friend, the inimitable Tony Barnard: a one of a kind “Steampunk” harp guitar sculpture made of 1900s parts from watches, clocks and who knows what! (Yes, it’s an anatomically correct hollow arm form.)

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Secrets of the Harp Guitar in Europe

I’m duplicating this week’s Facebook post for those who get my news here. I just got copies of the brand new “Secrets of the Harp Guitar in Europe” CD from my friends overseas. Indeed, most of these players have long been friends of mine, and it’s nice to meet a couple of new ones. It’s […]

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Harp Guitar Gathering #17, North Carolina, USA by Tommy Loose

By Tommy Loose 3 flights? Why not? I’ll TELL you why not…! Each year, this Englishman heads over to the USA with a funny shaped instrument and a pair of shorts. That’s more or less all I bring. Other than my wits. This was my third Gathering and it was to be a very emotional […]

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Luthier of the Month Michael O’Brien

I just updated the Luthier page on Harpguitars.net, adding 14 new builders and over 40 new instruments (sorry I’m this far behind, but I really need volunteers for Harpguitars.net).  If I missed you, please let me know. One of the new entries is Michael O’Brien, who I introduced briefly last month by way of his […]

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The Tale of Drew Baldwin’s First Harp Guitar

I first met Bad Drew Baldwin when we featured him (with his occasional partner, Juke Joint Johnny) at the 7th Harp Guitar Gathering in 2009 (at left). His reputation had preceded him, but he had to be seen to be appreciated. An iconic bluesman, songwriter, comedian and natural harp guitar player all rolled into one. […]

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New CDs from HGG17

Here’s a quick news release about some great new harp guitar music. These are four new CDs I picked up at the 17th Harp Guitar Gathering 2 weeks ago. (I already mentioned the new Stephen Bennett and Hirokatsu Takai CDs on a previous blog.) In no particular order: HGG regular Claude Laflamme sadly didn’t make […]

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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 […]

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An Emotional HGG17

Last weekend was the 17th (!) Harp Guitar Gathering. Jaci and I had a lot more time to relax this year, as we continued the transition towards others taking over the work (more on this in 2020). Of course, this just then gave me more time and freedom to wallow in the emotional grief of […]

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