Another milestone that will go down in history – Europe’s first harp guitar festival!
As recently announced in our Forum and elsewhere, our harp guitar brethren across the pond – headed by Philippe Fouquet – are putting on a 2-day festival in Le Mans, France on May 4th & 5th, 2013.
The website is now up for the Festival International de la Harpe Guitare!
There you’ll find the (mostly) France-based stellar harp guitar concert lineup (shown above), along with a luthier contingent of established and up-and-coming harp guitar builders.
While not affiliated with The Harp Guitar Gathering® or The Harp Guitar Foundation, you’ll see the latter on the list of sponsors, as we wanted to support the inaugural event of our special friends, many of whom have graced our own yearly Gatherings, along with others we in the States have never met, but know well through Harpguitars.net and sites like YouTube and Facebook.
I was keen to try to make it there myself if only to meet up with some old and new overseas harp guitar friends. Having limited time and resources, the trick was how to turn it into a business trip…and so we have when Philippe and the promoters graciously invited me to give a lecture. No, I don’t know a word of French, so Philippe plans to translate for the audience in real-time. I expect it to be very enlightening, while highly comical (Benoit will be able to heckle me in two languages).
After brainstorming with Philippe, we chose the topic of the history of super-trebles – after realizing that all five concert performers now play one of these instruments! Now to just come up with a title…either something dignified like “Form 4 Inventions through the Ages” or wacky like “Super Trebles: Fact or Fiction?” I’m on the fence.
Regardless, I hope every last one of you on the European continent makes the effort to attend. Just think of the gas money you’ll save compared to the Harp Guitar Gathering (which you really need to come to as well, by the way…).
We’re closing in on global domination!
Just a big thankyou to Philippe, for getting this all going.
I am really looking forward to meeting up with you all at last.
This will be a weekend to remember!!
Best wishes to you all and see you soon.
Max, we want to see and test your new HG.
Thanks for translation in English Paul, we need it!
Thomas, I’m sure you will find your way to Le Mans.
Cedric, what an adventure!
Please do lots of videotaping! I would love to see the performances… and Gregg’s lecture of course….
I am really glad to take part in this fist festival on the European ground.
Good job Philippe !
I was tickled completely sideways when I read the first entry from Philippe. Now a month later, May still seems so far away. While the Atlantic has been a bit of an obstacle, France is only just around the corner from me. Sort of.
I’ll be there to translate your English into English as well. Looking forward to this.
Yeah! I really hope I can make it over. It’s not exactly close but somehow I’d like to manage the trip. It would be an extra incentive to finish a harp guitar that has been sitting on the bench for too long now!
I am so happy and excited to present this event. First time in Europe…
Some persons are working hard to realize it: Gwenael, David, Jerome. They invited me for a concert in 2011 in their area. Harp guitar has been a revelation for them. Some times after, they contacted me again to present their wish to build a harp guitar festival and ask my help. At this time, I had a strange feeling of meeting with destiny… After a very short moment of reflection (a 1/4 second, maybe less), I say OK, let’s do it.
Now, it’s real, the festival will happen. Thank you very much. All performers and luthiers and Gregg are very enthusiast and I can feel a lot of strong and positive energy. YES!
Cherry on the cake, my friends, the concerts entries are free…
We will add an English version to our site asap.
We really wish to have a lot of people coming to share good times and great souvenirs.
We wait for you!