Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Harp Guitar Gathering V: The Water Is Wide

Here’s an interesting instrumental version of the old English folksong “The Water is Wide” from the Harp Guitar Gathering V. It was the finale performance at the annual harp guitar gathering and everyone eventually comes to the stage to add their harp guitar to the mix.

The song starts with Stephen Bennett on his great-grandfather’s 1909 model harp guitar while he is joined by Gregg Miner playing a harp mandolin. Next John Doan solos and is followed by Andy Wahlberg. Finally before the remainder join in, Andy McKee takes his solo. I think this is largest assembled group of harp guitars I’ve ever seen in one setting.

While it is not flawless, it is still beautiful and unrehearsed. The performance came from October 27, 2007. It is truly something you don’t see every day.

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