Archive for the ‘Historical Makers’ Category

The Cohn Connection: Inside Chicago’s Best-Kept Secret

COMING SOON! My new responsive blog switchover is not quite yet ready; this will look even better on all your devices shortly! PS: Comments are down, but will back up in the new format. – G Those who follow my Facebook feed will have seen a single image from this story – an adventure that […]

Some Truths About Lyres

A new fully-illustrated 21-page PDF article written for both laypeople and scholars: Click here to open!

The Harp Guitars of Mario Maccaferri

Greetings, harp guitar fans! I recently removed most everything I have on Maccaferri from the web site in order to collate and expand it all into a single 100-page PDF book. It’s free for viewing or download to all members. (Please email me for current password). Click on the book cover for a full […]

The Renewed Guitar

The Renewed Guitar is the title of a stunning new coffee table book coming soon to guitar fanatics everywhere! I haven’t seen any galleys, but can attest that it will be a top notch production, with something for everyone – chock full of rare images of 6-string guitars (and, yes, harp guitars) from all periods. […]

The Lyric Harp Guitar, or The Flying Beehees and Other Stories

While a “harp guitar” in name only (yes, I research those also!), this one has been an ongoing fascination of mine. Not so much because of the instrument, but because of the story: a unique, multi-generational tale that spans two centuries (three, since I’m publishing this just now) and seems so quintessentially American. I included an […]

Name That Harp Guitar!

(The reason for my arched eyebrow will become clear soon enough…) Bogen, shmogen! Yes, I’ve revised my stance re the “nomenclature” for the newest Miner Museum treasure: a 1908 Karl Müller (Augsburg) copy of a Friedrich Schenk “bogengitarre.” Schenk’s original c.1850 instrument is a stunning and indescribable design that many German luthiers revisited some decades […]

Women in Harp Guitar History: Italy and Beyond

Thanks to Bruce Hammond for the wonderful Guest Blog on Grace Ravlin, Fine Artist and Bohmann Harp Guitar Player. And now back to our regularly scheduled program. Here is the last of my collected historical images of historical female harp guitar players – from Italy, then on to Russia! We begin in a land that I […]

Women in Harp Guitar History: Grace Ravlin, Transcendent Artist

The sixth in my special series celebrating women harp guitarists for 2021’s Women’s History Month features guest author Bruce Hammond, expert and collaborator on all things related to the world famous yet still enigmatic Chicago harp guitar maker Joseph Bohmann. This is a single-artist profile on a remarkable young woman who went from harp guitar-playing […]

Women in Harp Guitar History: An Assortment of American Harp Guitarists

Thanks for joining me in No. 5 in a series of celebrating women harp guitarists! We last visited Central Europe for thirty incredible images, and now return to the States, circa 18950-1920. After focusing on Gibson, Dyer and Knutsen instruments, I’ll now finish up with the many other American brands along with a couple “one-offs.” […]

Women in Harp Guitar History: Schrammelgitarristinnen!

We last celebrated the (mostly) American women who played those amazing Gibson harp guitars from about 1905-1925. Now we travel to Central Europe to look at the wide variety of musical groups where women took on the role of accompaniment on their many forms of kontragitarren, i.e.: “contra guitars,” sometimes called “bass (or contrabass) guitars” […]

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