Please visit the new Harp Guitar Gathering web site
for the 2019 event.

"The Harp Guitar Gathering is an annual event celebrating the instrument known as the harp guitar, as well as its players, builders and history.  It is hoped that musicians, luthiers, scholars and fans alike will participate in and benefit from the synergy resulting from 'gathering' together for this purpose.

"The Harp Guitar Gathering strives to promote all things harp guitar, regardless of musical styles or international borders; we seek the broadest possible gathering of the kindred spirits who love this instrument in all its various forms. We further strive to promote the instrument to the widest possible public by expanding the general awareness of the instrument in media and by public performances in varying locations." - Stephen Bennett, the Harp Guitar Gathering Manifesto

The Harp Guitar Gathering is a registered trademark currently owned by the The Harp Guitar Foundation.  

The Gathering takes place every year in a different part of the United States during the fall months, with participants coming from all over the country, Canada, Japan and Europe - in fact, from anywhere in the world!

The Gathering is subsidized by the non-profit Harp Guitar Foundation.  Please consider making a donation so that this event can thrive.

History of the Harp Guitar Gathering on the Internet

After Stephen Bennett held the first Gathering in November, 2003, and my creation of in early 2004, we decided that my "community" web site would be the ideal place for Stephen (and his subsequent volunteer hosts and assistants) to both publicize and archive the event (I wasn't fully involved until much later). Thus, a record can be found for each year's event, permanently archived on I did most of the work (and so apologize for the quality!), and have tried many different formats (always including the participants' own contributions when provided). You'll find this history through the links below. - Gregg (Sir Gregory) Miner

Past Gatherings




Salem, OR

Naples, FL



Portland, OR


Williamsburg, VA


Indianapolis, IN


Milford, CT


  Dallas, TX


Hamden, CT


Coeur d'Alene, ID

Mooresville, NC

Milford, CT

Carlsbad, CA

Milford, CT

Mooresville, NC

Special thanks to the volunteer hosts throughout the years
Stephen Bennett John Doan Andy Wahlberg Mike Doolin Brad Hoyt

Stephen has given the harp guitar more visibility than perhaps any other touring performer in the last two decades.  He founded the Harp Guitar Gathering in 2003 and has hosted years 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 14 & 16

John is a music professor at Willamette University in Salem, OR. Renowned performer on the modern 20-string harp guitar, he hosted the 3rd Harp Guitar Gathering.

Host of the 4th Harp Guitar Gathering, Naples, Florida resident Andy has been a popular harp guitarist / entertainer since the late 1970s.

Mike is a professional jazz guitarist and bassist living in Portland, OR. A professional luthier as well, the highly-regarded harp guitar builder hosted the 6th Harp Guitar Gathering.

Host of the 8th Harp Guitar Gathering, Brad is a busy Indianapolis pianist who also moonlights as a harp guitarist, on an instrument of his own invention.
John Thomas Joe Morgan David & Anthony Powell Randall Sprinkle Gregg Miner

John Thomas, who co-hosted the 9th & 11th Gathering, is a law professor, blues guitarist, and in-demand speaker and author on a vast array of subjects, including legal, technical and musical.

An indispensable Gathering volunteer from the very beginning, Joe finally took over the reigns for our important 10th Anniversary in Texas.

The Powell brothers both play and build harp guitars and other stringed instruments. A part of our Gathering family since #3, they were our hosts for HGG12.

Randall Sprinkle runs a music concert series at his church as well as performing constantly with his wedding music trio Musically Yours. He stepped up to host HGG13 after previously twice attending, and again hosted HGG17.

Gregg Miner created and maintains this web site, which now incorporates the Gathering and the Foundation within its pages. Since his invitation to speak at HGG1 in 2003, he has been active at every one, finally hosting HGG15 with his wife Jaci and the Museum of Making Music.


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