Illustrated Blog Indices by Topic

Something I figured I’d have to do eventually – and that some of you have asked about – is incorporating directories for various blog topics on the appropriate site pages.  Obviously, my little sidebar categories quickly became redundant. Some of the information, discoveries and photos from the blog will of course be integrated into the […]

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The Second Strumming of Maccaferri

Unlike last month’s major (and serious) blog on Christian Saggese, this is of course a light-hearted knockoff title meant to illustrate that this particular artist is decidedly not the “second coming” of Mario Maccaferri. That would be me.  My only claim to fame is owning one of his personal harp guitars (at left).  This very […]

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Harp Guitar Gathering on NPR

Tomorrow morning, local listeners should be able to hear a short interview featuring Stephen and John – with a bit of SB’s playing – on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  Very nice (N) PR, guys! If you miss it, post is here.

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A Maxfield Parrish Sky

…gave Jaci and I the only moment of relaxation of the weekend last night, as we continue to crazily prepare for the Harp Guitar Gathering. We don’t see sunsets like this often, so took a mandatory break and watched the color and light show for a good half hour.  This was looking east off the […]

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Gathering & Raffle Response…

…is pretty darn good! (especially considering the economy).  We appreciate everyone’s continued interest, and new interest from several new folks who can’t wait to meet us all (won’t they be surprised).  The latest is a fellow from Canada (Bob Piccott is his name) who doesn’t yet have a harp guitar.  I sent him to my […]

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The Second Coming of Taraffo

Many of us consider the music of Pasquale Taraffo (1887-1937) the pinnacle of harp guitar playing of the 20th – or any other – century. He even earned a legendary nickname – “U Roa,” (“The Wheel”) – for his inimitable right hand/arm motion.  Of course, choosing to commission (from local luthier, Settimio Gazzo) one of […]

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Spanish Super-Trebles

Check it out!  Here is an obscure guitarist with an even more obscure instrument. His name is Antonio Montaño, who I learned from Marco Bazzoti (good friend to in Milan) was a (Spanish, or Portuguese?) blind singer and famous player of the “guitarra-tiorba,” author of songs and poeta repentista (improvisational poet), who died in […]

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Michele Piromalli and the Titan-Guitar

This wonderful image (relayed via benefactor Franco Ghisalberti) comes courtesy of Carmelo Piromalli, Michele’s nephew. There is scant information on Piromalli, who Carmelo tells us was born in 1895 in Cittanova, a municipality of Reggio Calabria in southern Italy, where he spent his whole life. He appears to have been a legitimate player, as […]

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The Birth of the American 12-String Guitar

And now for something completely different… What started out many months back as just an interesting little blog (from something I unearthed in my seemingly bottomless harp guitar “To Do” folders) ended up as an extensive and pretty exhaustive 6000+ word research project, so I ended up publishing it on the more permanent site.  (Note: […]

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Taraffo Display at the Conservatorio

As you may remember from my blog of March 13, 2011, which highlighted the discoveries and news after the conclusion of  our 2010 Genoa trip, Antonello Saccu had finished a beautiful reproduction stand for Taraffo’s original Gazzo harp guitar. This was at the behest of Franco Ghisalberti, who graciously donated the finished stand to the […]

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