I started my journey playing guitar as a sixteen year old teenager. It was at that young impressionable age I discovered the Harp Guitar through a live performance by the late Michael Hedges at Red Rocks in CO. This was in the early 1980's - fast forward to 1998 when I saw consummate guitarist Stephen Bennett perform on his great grandfathers 1909 Dyer Harp Guitar at a local coffee house in Roanoke, VA. It was then the validation bell started ringing loud and clear for me. Soon after this life changing moment I acquired my first Harp Guitar - had to sell ALL my instruments to buy it, and these were pre internet times mind you - so, no easy task! It was a Dyer harp guitar made in 1915 by the Larson Brothers , a Style 7 which is modestly fancy. At the time I was discussing a harp guitar build with luthier Pete Howlett - the Larson harp guitar showed up and both he and I agreed it's always best to have an original so we canned the project. I didn't know much about the Larson Brothers at the time but all of that was about to change!!
Twenty four years later I am fortunate enough to have garnered praise from peers, rockstars, luthiers and dedicated music lovers such as yourself. I am featured in a book on the Larson Brothers luthier artistry and another book featuring the carbon fiber work of Alistair Hays' Emerald guitars. Both are BIG coffee table type books, I'm very honored to have been a part of each project!
I've also recorded several CD's of harp guitar "only" music, most of which you can find on this site. I've even met my guitar hero John Renbourn - I played my harp guitar for him when we first met, which he responded to his friend with "and he can PLAY it too!" Upon our second meeting he says "Hey Stace, did you bring those lovely Dyers with you?! " I opened up for him and Clive Carroll that evening! Yeah, I'm stoked and grateful to have had the experience and feel very fortunate!
It's been quite the journey so far; I feel fortunate, in my small way of serendipity and look forward to creating my best body of work yet! Peace through Music!