The 15th Anniversary Harp Guitar Gathering
October 13-15, 2017

Schedule may be subject to change

Friday, October 13th

LOCATION: The Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 438-5996

4:00-6:00 pm

Registration in the lobby

6:00 pm



in the Museum's Auditorium

Food, drink, music and merriment!

BYOS & L (Bring your own Schrammelgitarre and lederhosen)

7:30-10:30 pm

Open Mic Night

Live on stage: You!  Anyone and everyone can perform for the room.
Harp Guitars only (duets with other instruments welcome).

Saturday, October 14th

LOCATION: The Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 438-5996

8:45 am


9:00 am

Travis Bowman

The young Ernie Ball Acoustic Prodigy Contest winner demonstrates the harp guitar side of his incredibly dynamic compositions and arrangements.

9:45 am

John Schneiderman

Acclaimed lute and guitar virtuoso discusses and performs his varied use of floating strings in Early Romantic Guitar music.

10:45 am


Our Japanese friend and amazing talent (Hirokatsu Takai) presents brand new music on his brand new koto harp guitar, King Ghidorah, built by Benoit Meulle-Stef.

12:00 - 12:45 pm

Lunch Hour Concerts

Grab a gourmet Mexican meal from our on-site food truck and stroll back in to the luthier room or the auditorium for:
William Eaton
, discussing and performing on his unique and now-legendary harp guitar creations, while:
The Powell Brothers, playing tunes from their new CD.

1:00 pm

Stephen Bennett

The founder of the Harp Guitar Gathering has written and arranged more music for the modern guitar than anyone past or present.  And it's all wonderful.  We want to know how he does it!

2:00 pm

Luthier Panel

Mike Doolin hosts our two-hour presentation by a diverse and amazingly creative group of harp guitar builders.

Attending luthiers

4:00 pm

Super Super-Trebles

Treble strings are seeing increasing use by players around the globe.  Join Muriel Anderson, Claude Laflamme, Tony Barnard and Brad Hoyt as each demonstrates their individual styles on their various multi-string harp guitars.

LOCATION CHANGE: Carlsbad Community Church
3175 Harding St, Carlsbad, CA 92008

7:00 pm

Harp Guitar Concert

An all-star public concert with this year's Featured Performers

Additional Concert Tickets also sold separately by The Museum of Making Music

Sunday, October 15th

LOCATION: Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel
5805 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008


9:00 - 11:00 am

Concurrent Workshops and Open Mic Room

9:00 - 10:00am

Club Room: John Schneiderman Workshop

9:00 - 10:00am

Carlsbad Room: Claude Laflamme Workshop

10:00 - 11:00am

Club Room: Muriel Anderson Workshop

10:00 - 11:00am

Carlsbad Room: Travis Bowman Workshop

9:00 - 11:00am

Terrace room: Morning Open Mic

11:00 am -
12:00 pm

Gregg (Sir Gregory) Miner Presentation

Terrace room

"Floating Strings Across Europe" via a phantasmagoria of rare instruments


Lunch on your own 

LOCATION CHANGE: The Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 438-5996

2:00 -
2:45 pm

Q & A with curator Gregg Miner
in the exhibit room

3:00 pm

Harp Guitar Recital in the Museum Auditorium

Most of our feature performers return, joined by a plethora of talented players.

Additional Recital Tickets also sold separately by The Museum of Making Music

5800 The Crossings Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 444-1800

6:30 pm

Closing Dinner Party at The Crossings Golf Course

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