Some time back Ed Lowe (from WA) advised me that he’d met a photographer called Paul Thompson on his recent trip to South Australia. Paul, a professional and highly competent photographer, was in the process of setting up a new website for the South Australian Bluegrass scene.
The site contains many high quality and images of the South Australian band Bluegrass Junction in action. Bluegrass Junction will be appearing at Redland’s Festival this July. Paul’s site is well worth a visit.
However, there is much more. Of equal interest, especially to mandolin pickers and purveyors of fine quality instruments is the photographic expose on the work of Charles Derrington and the Gibson F5 mandolin from the late 1990’s. Derrington attempted to faithfully re-create Loar F5 using the designs of the master mandolin maker Lloyd Loar.
Lloyd Allayre Loar (1886 – 1943) came to fame for his musical instrument development, while working for The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company of Kalamazoo in Michigan. While many agree that the creative development of the Gibson instruments was attributed to Orville Gibson himself, Gibson’s ideas were built on again and again by a host of his employees, none more so that Llyod Loar who worked for Gibson from the early 1900’s.
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