Player of the Month
James Shaw Family
First Draft November
Updated February 2021
Believe it or not, this 3-part PDF article series originally
started out as a simple "harp guitar players" exercise, but
got a little out of hand! I hope the topic will interest my
readers as much as it did me, as the bulk of this information
and material had never been known or seen before today. Part 3 closes with a more in-depth
look at some of the harp guitars and related instruments seen
throughout the series. I am looking for help to continue to
identify anonymous musicians seen throughout the articles, and
of course any additions or corrections for future editions. Please
email me here to discuss. Click on each image link below to
read the PDFs, or feel free to save to your private computer for
In addition to the article, I've included
a gallery of some of the many other Hawaiian musicians who
played harp guitars or Knutsen steels, etc. that have been
spread throughout Harpguitars.net over the years (again there
are still many musicians to identify). Enjoy!
The images below are scattered throughout
Harpguitars.net. You'll first see Dyer harp guitars, then
Knutsen instruments, then Gibson, and a couple unknown harp
guitars. Please contact me if you'd like provenance on any of
these images and to share any new musician identifications. The
first image shown (an old one from Les Cook) may show Charles
Clark and his wife (who are featured in James Shaw Part 3).
Other musicians below appear in some of the Shaw images from the
World Fairs, etc. (members of some of the numerous Vierra's
Hawaiians outfits, for example).
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