Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing a safe and sound holiday to all my friends and readers across the States.  For those of you around the world not in the loop, this is the day when we American’s get a day off work (usually 2) to be with family and eat turkey and give thanks for random things in our […]

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Martin’s Dubetz Harp Guitar

Continuing Saturday’s story on Joe and Linda Morgan’s visit to the Martin factory (photos are theirs)…. I imagine that the public must invariably be surprised (shocked, more likely) by the strange harp guitar displayed with all the normal Martin 6-strings.  It was originally shown in a curious 1-page story on page 214 of the original […]

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Visiting Martin with the Morgans

Joe & Linda Morgan took some extra vacation time before Harp Guitar Gathering 9 to spend some time in Nazareth, PA, where they greatly enjoyed touring the Martin Guitar factory. I’ve never been (and don’t know when such a trip would be possible), so was glad that they could share the visit with us. Joe […]

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Harp Guitars in the Limelight

This is cool…I didn’t even know they had done it.  The November 11 Artist Spotlight at Limelight Song Clearance featured us (specifically the new Christmas CD).  I used them (at CD Baby’s suggestion) for mechanical licenses on Stephen’s Classic Rock CD to track down harder-to-find publishers and permissions for Doors and Hendrix tunes…and just stuck […]

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Taraffo’s Sonatina in A Major

A fourth transcription and recording has been completed by Christian Saggese (see The Second Coming of Taraffo).  Once again donated to Harpguitars.net, this is the Sonatina in la maggiore (A major) written by Pasquale Taraffo. All 4 recordings can be found on the Taraffo home page. Enjoy!

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Matching Grant Fundraiser for the Harp Guitar Foundation

We’ve now sent out a few hundred letters and emails, but for those of you who aren’t aware of this generous pledge, please read this letter from our Harp Guitar Gathering Director, Stephen Bennett: In a nutshell, we can get $5000 (in matching funds), but we need to reach $5000 on our own, from folks […]

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Moonlighting Harp Guitarists

…meaning sightings of harp guitarists  in other musical environments. The first was Ed Littlefield, Jr., who Frank, Jaci and I saw a week ago with his band Marley’s Ghost at Blvd Music (where I was first introduced to Stephen Bennett, himself, oh so many years ago).   It was fun to see their talented and entertaining […]

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Christmas is Coming…

…Christmas Present, to be precise.  Nearly 2 years in the making, this one is pretty special. Frank and I are delighted to have ended up with somewhat of a “world music” flavor (both artists and material) for a very diverse mix of interesting, melodic and beautiful music. And, of course, my stellar packaging and extensive, […]

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Fedex Ate Our T-Shirts

That’s right, the box with the remaining bumper stickers and nearly all the remaining HGG9 T-shirts was irretrievably lost by Fedex on the way home. We’ve got just 2 each of Large and XL left, so first come, first served. – On a happier note, here’s one of my favorite moments from the Gathering: The […]

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More Taraffo Tributes

I’m happy to report continuing interest in the great Pasquale Taraffo; three recent events in fact. First, I’m proud to present a brand new 8000-word analysis of Taraffo’s musical role in Genoa and beyond, written by Giorgio De Martino, a prolific and respected Italian writer and lecturer on the world of opera.  His remarkable, introspective […]

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