Saturday Matinee – Harp Guitar, Graffiti Removal, Paint it Black, Black Betty


That’s a harp guitar, folks, being played by Andy McKee. This is the same Larson-Dyer version that I learned on; it was my great grandfather’s, and I still have it.  It’s got a wide fretboard with 6 strings and 6 free bass strings above (hence the “harp” moniker).  I’d never heard one played properly until I saw this video.

The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal.  [Found via here.  Related post here.]

Okay as long as we’re still talking about painting…

RamJam.  Amazing one hit wonder, based upon Ledbelly’s classic.

Whoa. Meatloaf covers RamJam’s version of Ledbelly’s classic.

And, um, Tom Jones did it, too.  Whoa, whoa, whooaa…

Here’s Ledbelly speaking for himself.

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5 Responses to “Saturday Matinee – Harp Guitar, Graffiti Removal, Paint it Black, Black Betty”

  1. daisyfae Says:

    Michael Hedges played harp guitar like no one else… died a few years back, but he was one amazing guitarist.

    impressed that you play – this is a dream machine for me!


  2. daisyfae Says:

    oops – couldn’t get that video to work with sound. try this:


  3. Bunk Strutts Says:


    Nice find! I like the way Hedges walks the bass strings. I doubt the instruments were played like that in the early 1900’s, though.

    I used to play some, barely good enough to fake rhythm guitar to fill in at a momo dance once. I’ve got a 1986 Rickenbacher bass, but I never kept on it. I’m better on harmonica.


  4. daisyfae Says:

    hedges had his own style, that’s for sure. Andy McKee (according to some of the youtube commentary) modeled some of his technique, but clearly held to the more traditional style. loved the links – and this has launched me back through much of my michael hedges collection. guy was a unique talent. gone way too soon….


  5. theliteraryhorse Says:

    I love the Saturday matinees…Painted Black…Lord am I really THAT old? Oh no, I am I am!


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