A Harp Guitar Music Recording


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September 2022: Long out of print, one of the BSS artists found a last box of brand new CDs. This will be it! 

Various Artists
Beyond Six Strings

Track Listings

1. Don't Give Into Sorrow About Tomorrow
            Tom Shinness: 1913 Gibson harp guitar - from Translucent Harp
2. Heavenly Earth Dance
            Iwan Hasan: 1991 21-string John Sullivan harp guitar
3. The Friend I Never Met
            Andy McKee: 1998 Ron Spillers harp guitar - from Dreamcatcher
4. Brookside Avenue
            Dan LaVoie: 2000 Ron Spillers harp guitar - from Dan LaVoie
5. Emmetís Rising
            Andy Wahlberg: Dyer harp guitar, circa 1915
6. Deserted Island
            Gregg Miner: Knutsen harp guitar, circa 1899
7. Theme from Redwood Variations
            James Kline: 11-string arch guitar, built by Gary Southwell, 1994 - from Troubadour's Odyssey
8. In John Fahey There Is No East or West
            John Doan: 1986 20-string Sullivan-Elliott harp guitar
9. Scarborough Fair
            Stacy Hobbs: Dyer harp guitar, circa 1915 - from Awakening of the Spirit
10. Clarsah
            Muriel Anderson: 2003 Mike Doolin harp requinto
11. The Long Walk Home
            Bill Dutcher: 2004 J. Thomas Davis harp guitar
12. Chin Up
            Larry Berwald: 1999 Ron Spillers harp guitar
13. November
            Stephen Bennett: 2001 Merrill Brothers harp guitar - from Music From Tsenacommacah

Quite simply, this is the CD that begat Harp Guitar Music, and thus, history.
The first harp guitar CD everyone should buy...and we mean music lovers of every stripe!

"How many strings does a guitar have? Six, you say? Well, what about the 12-string made famous by Leo Kottke? Tenor guitars? The world of guitar has long ventured outside the bounds of what many people consider a "normal" instrument with a mere six strings. The past two decades has seen a resurgence of historic and musical interest in harp guitars, which first began to appear in this country at the turn of the 20th century when Knutsen, Dyer, and the Larsons made and marketed various forms of harp guitars -- those with extra strings usually attached to a second head, which gave the instrument a plethora of tones and colors. Gibson also got in on the action in those early days. "Beyond Six Strings" is a terrific collection of tunes by modern impresarios of guitars both old and new with lots of strings. Three of the players (and the producers) on this CD are well known for their long-time support for all things harp guitar: John Doan, Steven Bennett, and Gregg Miner, who provides the brief introduction to harp guitars in the liner notes. The packaging of the disc is top notch, with excellent notes on the songs and artists, as well as photos of some of the instruments. Each of the players on the disc has a personal love affair with these instruments. We hear all sort sorts of playing from two-handed tapping on "Emmet's Rising" by Andy Wahlberg and "The Friend I Never Had" by Andy McKee, to gentle fingerpicking on "Clarsah" by Muriel Anderson on a custom nylon string harp requinto crafted by luthier Mike Doolin. The oldest instrument is an 1899 Knutsen played by Miner on "Deserted Island," sounding like a standard OM with some extra bass strings (and looking like it, too). The tonal palette is stretched to its limits on "In John Fahey There Is No East or West" by John Doan on a 20 stringed Sullivan-Elliott harp guitar, while Bennett lets the droning deep bass strings ring on "November" to close a wonderful recording of guitar music, and a must-have for anyone interested in these fascinating instruments." © Kirk Albrecht, www.minor7th.com

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CDs & DVDs by Stephen Bennett, John Doan, Muriel Anderson, Andy McKee, Stacy Hobbs, Tom Shinness, Dan LaVoie, James Kline, Larry Berwald, Bill Dutcher, Gregg Miner, Pasquale Taraffo
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