2006 G.A.L. Convention
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We had some great music this year. Let’s start off with something quite unusual. Yes, it’s a guitar maker playing a pipe organ! Kenny Hill played the organ in college before he switched to guitar, and now he is getting back to it. Later we had a tour of the magnificent organ by the maker, Paul Fritts.

Salvator Pedraza played up a classical storm on a gorgeous bass fiddle by fellow Canadian Geza Burghardt.
Fred Carlson (left) played his latest Harp-Sympitar, and Gregg Miner joined him on a vintage harp mandolin. Follow this link to read the words to Fred’s song ''That’s my Cat''.
Perennial GAL farvorite David Franzen played a guitar by George A. Smith of Portland, Oregon.
The Hutchins Consort played an impressive concert on the New Violin Family, eight violins which evenly cover five octaves. All eight instruments were built by longtime GAL member Carleen Hutchins in the 1960s. The thumbnail is mapped: click on the section of the photo for which you would like to see a closeup.
Jim Greeninger (left) and Mike Doolin played a short duet on two Ergo model guitars during Charles Fox’s lecture.
John Doan played a concert on his road-tested twenty-year-old harp guitar built by John Sullivan with design input from Jeffrey Elliott.
Of course informal music was everywhere. John Park tries out a guitar in the perfect weather of the courtyard outside the exhibition hall.
Lots of after-hours open mikes this time. Here is the electric open mike in The Cave, with (L to R) Jay Hargreaves on bass, Brent McElroy on drums, Kevin Oliver and Alan Simcoe on guitars. Mark Swanson led an open mike for acoustic guitars, also in The Cave.
A new event this time was a flamenco juerga at the Pacific Coffee Co., an off-campus cafe. Here Stephen Marchione (left) and R.E. Brune perform in an arty, low-light blur.

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