Oral History Information
Stephen Bennett provided music lessons in two music stores in the late 1970s while gigging at night. It was the first time he quit his day job, at a department store, to focus on music full time. During the 1980s he was given his great grandfather’s harp guitar and soon incorporated the instrument in his regular performances. Stephen is the founder of the Harp Guitar Gathering, an annual event that brings players, luthiers, scholars, and fans of this instrument together for a weekend of performances, workshops and camaraderie. The 15th annual event was held at the NAMM Foundation’s Museum of Making Music in 2017.