Giovanni Cera, Italian Harp-Mandolinist from Down Under

Is this a cool harp mando, or what?! Here is yet another new historical designer/builder that has come to light, courtesy of Harpguitars.net fan Jim Garber.  He found this very imaginative harp-mandolin by one Giovanni Cera on Melbourne, Australia’s Museum Victoria site here. There is a full page bio on Cera, with many photos of […]

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Harp Guitar Gathering Bulletin Board

This blog is not it, but this thread on the Forum is. Attendees and participants are often looking to share rides and rooms, and in these more troubling economic times (Stock Tip: remember, harp guitars are the only safe investment!*)(*not a guarantee)(**Gregg Miner is an idiot), it’s a great idea. There’s a new note up […]

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…and Post-Healdsburg

After breakfast with Mike Doolin and Nancy Conescu, we took a leisurely drive home down 101.  First across the Golden Gate bridge, then a quick stop to say hello to Jeff Titus (on the street outside his S.F. office), then a picturesque drive out to and along the coast for a swing by Fred Carlson’s. […]

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Healdsburg, Part 2

Though there weren’t a whole lot of new harp guitar builds at this particular show, harp guitar music was featured more prominently than ever before, with the first festival appearance of Stephen Bennett and also (I believe?) Antoine Dufour.  Ken Bonfield also performed on “the Beastess” by Alan Carruth (which debuted at HGG8), Rich Mermer […]

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New Book on Lutes and Plucked Stringed Instruments

We now pause for this commercial break. The brand new edition (actually, an entirely new book) of The Lute in Europe that I blogged about last December is finally available. By a curious series of events, I find myself the U.S. outlet for retail sales (go figure – as I am not remotely involved in […]

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Healdsburg Trip, Part 1

Got back late last night after 3 full days (Fri-Sat-Sun) of guitars and music at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival (which strangely takes place in Santa Rosa)…a nice, non-working musical vacation (for once)! There weren’t a lot of harp guitar surprises this year, but the very first one was a whopper…Tony McManus’ set included an impromptu […]

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Hidden in This Picture

Well, not very hidden, but a pretty tiny harp guitar appearance… A Dyer player, barely an inch tall, features in this postcard just discovered and kindly submitted by our ever-reliable “Hawaiian Harp Guitar Appearance” correspondent, Les Cook. He has no idea (yet) who any of the players are, nor the band or location.  The image […]

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Healdsburg, Here We Come!

I recently decided to take a (long-needed) vacation and drive up with Frank (Doucette) to this year’s Healdsburg Guitar Festival in Santa Rosa.  We’ll take a long leisurely drive up the coast tomorrow, and head home Monday.  That’s so we can stay through Sunday evening to catch (and hang with) Stephen (Bennett). Other HG friends […]

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Further Further…

A few folks were trying to play “Guess the Instrument” (and thus, player) on the FBSS cover last week. So here are some additional clues from the inside panel:

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Keith Medley, Part 2

Stacy Hobbs sent me this link a few days ago. It seems our new harp guitar friend Keith Medley (who I first wrote about in February here) got an impromptu visit from CNN, who shot a video that has subsequently been going viral! Keith, ever humble, was again worried that too much was being made […]

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