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Harp Guitar Music is pleased to represent a new and growing list of exceptional artists

Captions by Gregg Miner

Andy Wahlberg

 

“...a breath of fresh air. Listening to him perform is a guitarist's delight.” - The Ithaca Times

Andy has been playing the harp guitar since 1970 - longer than anyone alive today.  He has been entertaining audiences this entire time with an endless supply of repertoire, from musical comedy to his own instrumental compositions, which, like his discovery of the Dyer harp guitar, have been ahead of their time.

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Brad Hoyt

Brad Hoyt appears on our label mostly as...a pianist!  He is also a creative multi-instrumentalist and performs on the unusual 'Arpa Viola Caipira', a harp guitar of his own invention.

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Carter Lancaster

Carter Lancaster of Ontario is a consummate fingerstyle player who has developed wonderfully melodic two-handed techniques that serve the music.  His long-awaited harp guitar compositions make their debut on Harp Guitar Music.

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Gregg Miner

 

"...his versatility and virtuosity is nothing short of amazing." - Dirty Linen Magazine

What can I possibly say (about myself) except that I am a true musical genius?  Only that I am an amateur, in the truest sense of the word.  I do all this for the love of it.

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Philippe Fouquet

"The Pierre Bensusan of the harp guitar!"Gregg Miner

Philippe took 1st prize in the "Marcel Dadi contest" in 2001 and was fingerstyle laureate for the contest "Les révélations acoustiques" in 2006, organized by the French paper "Acoustic."  He is now creating a whole new repertoire for the harp guitar.

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Harp Guitar Music is honored to include the following roster of Affiliated Artists.

These are contemporary music artists that are featured on our Harp Guitar Music releases.  

Don Alder

"Alder can make a single instrument sound like a 4 piece band. The Guy's like the acoustic Hendrix." - Picque News Magazine

Winner of the Winfield, Kansas 2007 International Fingerstyle Championship(among many other awards), Don's chops are second to none.  But, as is the case with all the artists featured on Harp Guitar Music, it is the music that takes precedence.  Don's musicianship is similarly superb, and the entire harp guitar community is thrilled with the addition of the harp guitar to his expanding repertoire.

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Muriel Anderson

"Muriel Anderson...has justifiably gained a reputation as one of the world's best, and most versatile, guitar instrumentalists." - Chicago Tribune

There are comparatively few female guitarists in the world, and even fewer women harp guitarists - so Muriel is a rarity indeed.  A virtuoso 6-string player of the Chet Atkins school, she has also taken to playing the harp guitar for a portion of her nearly-365-days-a-year performances.  She is increasingly making great strides as a songwriter as well.

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Stephen Bennett

"The harp guitar can be magic in the right player’s hands, and Stephen Bennett is that player" Mel Bay Prod.

Stephen is one of our absolute favorite harp guitarists; in fact, one of our favorite musicians, period.  As one of the finest composers of our generation - whether it be on 6-string acoustic, bottleneck or his main instrument, the Dyer-style harp guitar - his music will make you smile, laugh and cry.  He tours the world as a soloist, and is a frequent participant in several major guitar festivals.  Oh, and he won National Championships in both flat- and finger-style guitar. He’d win harp guitar also if they had the category!

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Larry Berwald

 

"Another talented area guitarist is Larry B. His 'Reflect On' CD is packed with melodies and deft resonator guitar, harp guitar and straight ahead six-string licks... Berwald has obviously been influenced by area guitar hero Stephen Bennett." - Sam McDonald, Daily Press

Besides acoustic 6-string and slide guitar, Larry plays a modern Dyer harp guitar replica, creating intricate arrangements and new compositions that deftly showcase the full range of the instrument.

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Pete Bradshaw

Making his recording debut on Harp Guitar Music, Pete Bradshaw brings a deft and flawless tone to the instrument in all of his arrangements and compositions.

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Joachim Csaikl

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Alex de Grassi

“...one of the greatest steel string guitar player/composers of the last decade.” - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Alex has remained one of the most popular 6-string fingerstyle guitar players since his first groundbreaking Windam Hill albums of the 1970's.  Though he doesn't own a harp guitar (yet!), he has occasionally presented special works on the spectacular creations of harp sympitar builder Fred Carlson.  Harp Guitar Music is honored to present Alex's recorded debut on the instrument.

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John Doan

 "John's music is simply beautiful. No, it is more than that, it is heavenly!" - Burl Ives

Emmy-nominated composer and arranger John Doan is one of the best-known harp guitarists in the world, playing a modern 20-string instrument that has become a new standard in the harp guitar lexicon.  In fact, he has already spawned a whole new generation of 20+-string harp guitar followers, but there is only one John Doan!

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Tim Donahue

Japan's Tim Donahue, a virtuoso of the fretless electric guitar, has also been playing his unique fretless and fretted electric harp guitars (his own invention and construction) for over two decades.  New solo work for the instrument now makes its debut on Harp Guitar Music.

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Mike Doolin

Renowned harp guitar builder Mike Doolin is also an incredible jazz musician, who plays his own electric archtop harp guitars!

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Frank Doucette

Frank works at both Harp Guitar Music and The Harp Guitar Foundation.  Naturally, he plays harp guitar, but has first made his recording debut on 6-string guitar.

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Antoine Dufour

Candyrat recording artist Antoine Dufour is one of the most exiting fingerstyle guitarists playing today.  He has recently added harp guitar to his repertoire and we are thrilled to present a new piece!

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Bill Dutcher

 

"Bill Dutcher is able to play all techniques with ease, including a sublime touch of his own as well, in gentle, solid, traditional, and uplifting compositions."  - Bridge Guitar Reviews

Bill is a full-time master 6-string acoustic guitar fingerstyle player and singer.  It’s always nice when a player and composer of his abilities discovers the harp guitar, and Bill is creating more and more music on his modern Dyer-style instrument.

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William Eaton /
Electric Harp Guitar Group

"Eaton makes a world chamber sound that’s evocative and melodic, merging intuitive interplay and a rare timbral richness." - Billboard Magazine

William Eaton is world renowned as a builder of unique one-of-a-kind harp guitars which he plays in a variety of atmospheric settings, most notably with Native American flute player R. Carlos Nakai.  A more recent project is the Electric Harp Guitar Group with Anthony Mazzella and Fitzhugh Jenkins on a set of three matched electric Eaton-designed instruments

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Iwan Hasan

 

"Iwan Hasan's 21-string harp guitar sounds truly wonderful." - Brandon Wu, Ground and Sky

Iwan, who lives in Indonesia, plays a harp guitar similar to his former teacher’s - John Doan.  Using it in the context of his progressive fusion ensemble music, he is truly taking the harp guitar where none have ventured before. 

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Stacy Hobbs

 

"He's writing new music for the old harp guitar that is breathing new life into that long neglected instrument.  Do give him a listen!" - John Renbourn

Crowd-pleasing favorite Hobbs is often referred to as “Steamroller Stacy” for his amazing, complex and tireless fingerpicking style across all 12 Dyer harp guitar strings at once.

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James Kline

 

"James Kline demonstrated sheer technical mastery in the service of the music, rather than as an end in itself...playing with absolute clarity and with a most apt sense of phrasing." -The Irish Times, Dublin

James Kline of France keeps musically evolving, as do his harp guitars.  He is a consummate classical guitarist who plays a custom “arch-guitar,” which beautifully combines the tonalities of the lute and guitar.  More recently, James had treble harp strings added to his nylon-strung instrument along with an all-steel string version of this same harp guitar.  James uses his instruments for all sorts of repertoire – classical, folk and original – within solo, instrumental, vocal, and ensemble settings.  He has CDs in both our contemporary and historical sections.

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Dan LaVoie

 

"Dan's soaring execution will drop the jaws of unsuspecting acoustic music fans..." - Bob Makin, The Courier News

Harp Guitar with chops and attitude.  Don’t let his Brooklyn tough-guy  appearance fool you – Dan is a pussycat, and his music runs the gambit from percussive to edgy to ambient to beautiful.  He sings as well, and exclusively plays a Dyer-style harp guitar.

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Andy McKee

"In my humble opinion, Andy is the most innovative and exciting fingerstyle guitarist to emerge in years. He is the most textural player of the instrument since Michael Hedges, and he creates sonic architecture worthy of the great modern composers for any instrument." - Don Ross

One of the younger harp guitarists playing today, Andy is already one of the finest.  He is a National championship fingerstyle player with flawless technique, and he brings those same skills to the Dyer-style harp guitar.  These skills resulted in Andy being signed to Candyrat Records - and to a new label, after his infamous YouTube discovery.  More important than his chops, his original compositions and arrangements show a depth and maturity equal to any.

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Joe Morgan

Joe - on 6-string and harp guitar (and occasional vocals) - performs in a duo with champion hammered dulcimer player David Moran, playing an eclectic mix of originals, traditional, pop, funk, jazz, Latin and other styles.  

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Dave Powell

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Tom Shinness

"Shinness seems to wrap up the guitar pioneering genius of Michael Hedges and Pat Metheny's signature jazz hybrid in a warm fusion of new age, contemporary jazz and acoustic folk." - CD Baby

Tom’s exquisite musicianship must be seen to be believed.  A professional multi-instrumentalist, his gorgeous and unique compositions recorded on an amplified vintage Gibson harp guitar are superb renderings of his muse.

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Hirokatsu Takai

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Jeff Titus

"Jeff Titus has found a way to use extended techniques and a 24-string guitar and still keep the focus on the music - inspired, tightly crafted compositions beautifully performed and delivered straight from the heart." - Alex de Grassi

The harp guitar work of the late, great Michael Hedges, and Alex de Grassi’s sympitar playing, gave Jeff the idea to approach luthier Fred Carlson about making a harp sympitar.  The unique 24-string “Oracle” (6 guitar, 6 sub-bass, and 12 sympathetic strings), dedicated to Hedges’ memory, allows Jeff to explore musical ground unavailable to any harp guitarist to come before him.

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We are proud to offer music by these other Non-Affiliated Artists. 
The first group plays contemporary music.

Adam Carney

Fingerstyle guitar and jazz player Adam has added solo harp guitar to his prolific arrangements.

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Phil deGruy

“Phil's approach to the guitar sounds like John Coltrane meets Mel Brooks at a party for Salvador Dali.” - Steve Vai

Phil plays the Guitarp, a custom 7-string fan-fret electric guitar with an extending bank of 10 treble strings.  Though he is a disciple of jazz great Lenny Breau, his instrumental solos are like no other music you've ever heard.

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Stephanie Jackson

 

We are equally proud to offer the finest music by these Non-Affiliated Artists who play historical music.

The Czar's Guitars

The Czar's GuitarsThe unique guitar duo The Czar’s Guitars was founded in 2004 by the well-known lute and guitar virtuoso John Schneiderman and Oleg Timofeyev, the expert on the Russian seven-string guitar. The two musicians joined their forces to revive the legacy of the Russian guitar, the instrument that unlike its Western-European cousin is only now gaining the respect and recognition it deserves. In 2006 The Czar’s Guitars released their first CD recording, dedicated to the music of Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857) in 19th-century transcriptions for two guitars.

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Dennis Cinelli

"His performances - precise and properly styled - contain successful phrasings and hints of virtuosity." - SeiCorde

Dennis - an expert in the history of the lute and early guitar - is a top notch classical guitarist and lutenist who performs on many original and reproduction period instruments, including the historic 1856 Scherzer-style guitar with 4 sub-bass strings. 

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Beppe Gambetta

Best known as a world-class "flatpicker," Beppe also has a passion for the revival of Italian music from the early 20th century, especially that of his native Genoa.  Playing in a duo with mandolinist Carlo Aonzo, Beppe performs on a 14-string harp guitar based on one used by the great Italian harp guitar virtuoso Pasquale Taraffo.

See also Pasquale Taraffo under Vintage Harp Guitar CDs.

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Tyler Hawkins

Canadian Tyler Hawkins has been performing on his 17-string Sergei de Jonge harp guitar since the mid-eighties, adapting Bach and lute music for this modern instrument.  He made his recording debut with it in 2007.

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John Schneiderman

"Obviously what we're dealing with here is extreme virtuosity." - KPFK

John is a true virtuoso player of all forms of lute, and is also playing a 7-string guitar (similar to Coste's "floating 7th bass string" instrument) with additional period harp guitar commissions on the way.

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Vienna Thalia Quartet

The Vienna Thalia Quartet is one of the foremost representatives of classical Viennese folk-music today.  The group is comprised of two violins, clarinet and Schrammelgitarre, the configuration of the original "Schrammelmusik" quartet. The four musicians - all graduates of the Viennese Music Academy - masterfully apply their high degree of professionalism to their repertoire of polkas, marches, waltzes, as well as dances by Strauss, Schubert and the Schrammel brothers.

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Brigitte Zaczek

"Baroque lutes have a lot of strings, and old guitars have a lot of problems. Zaczek has surmounted them with ease, and her fine performance of these romantic works can only help the rehabilitation of guitar music from the romantic era." – Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar Magazine

Brigitte - a professor of classical guitar at the Universitat fur Musik in Vienna - today focuses her attention on the interpretation of guitar music of the 19th century.  Among her fine collection of period instruments she plays several that we may label as harp guitars - having one, two or four sub-bass strings.  Already a well-known practitioner of "Early Romantic" guitar, she is fast becoming the most prolific recorded performer of Early Romantic harp guitar.

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