The Birthplace of Country Music Museum proudly presents renowned harp guitarist Stephen Bennett in concert on Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. The man referred to as “the Jedi Master of finger-style guitar” will perform with a 1909 harp guitar and a new version of the instrument, and will give background on the history of this fascinating gem.
“Several instrument styles dating back hundreds of years have been called ‘harp guitar’ and companies like Gibson made harp guitars from about 1903 through the 1920s,” said Dr. Jessica Turner, director of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. “There are only a handful of performers today who are adept on this instrument, and Stephen Bennett is a renowned instrumentalist who performs traditional songs as well as his own compositions. We are excited to host him at the museum to perform on his great-grandfather’s 1909 Dyer harp guitar.”
One of the most prolific and original finger-style guitiarists of his generation, Bennett is also one of the leading exponents of the harp guitiar. A challenging teacher, gifted composer, and a performer of great sensitivity, the artist has performed around the world sharing the stage with some of the finest guitarists of our time while creating a deeply respected body of work. Tone Poet, Stephen’s latest release, is a collection of music for harp guitar.
What Stephen can do, and few artists have this gift, is to speak directly to your heart and to move your best feelings!
Bennett is the founder of the Harp Guitar Gathering, an event that celebrates this fascinating instrument in a different city each year. For the past 14 years, the Gathering has brought players, luthiers, scholars, and fans of the harp guitar together for a weekend of performances, workshops, and camaraderie.
An Italian guitar festival promoter wrote: “What Stephen can do, and few artists have this gift, is to speak directly to your heart and to move your best feelings!” In performance and recordings, the artist’s lifelong love affair with the guitar is apparent and contagious. His appearance at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be an event music lovers won’t want to miss.
Tickets for the performance are $15 per person and available for purchase at www.BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.