The Kings of Cool: Harmony Guitars
lecture/demonstration by Raymond Nijenhuis
Roots & Blues guitarist Raymond Nijenhuis gives a lecture on the history of the brand Harmony (1892-1975), the largest American guitar producer of the 20th century, and the role it played in the development of popular music in general, and the Blues in particular.
The focus will be laied on the acoustic guitars from the period before World War II.
Raymond takes a few of these pre-war guitars and will explain construction, wood types and typical features and play on them to demonstrate the differences and specific sound characteristics.
All in all, a special look into the history of a guitar brand, which was dismissed for years as ‘inferior’ and ‘beginner guitars’, but that time has gone.
Artists like John Hiatt, Dan Auerbach and Lianne LaHavas to The Alabama Shakes play on it.
And did you know that the intro of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was played on a Harmony?
The ‘forgotten’ status therefore belongs to the past;
Vintage Harmony guitars are cool and hip.
Sunday 2nd of june
3 – 4 pm Grote Kerk
free of charge