Updated April 2019

North American
Jew's Harp Festival


NAJHF 2019 Information

Account of the 21st North American Jew's Harp Festival 2012 - Harm Linsen
2004 NAJHF Report - Dear Diary - Mark Poss
2003 NAJHF - A Short Report
1997 NAJHF ON-LINE REPORT - Fred Crane

Zip File Photo Archive of the North American Jew's Harp Festival


The NAJHFest is returning!! June 26-30th 2019. There is a group site reserved at Schwartz Campground near Cottage Grove. Email Porky Miller at porky.najh at gmail.com for pre-registration!!

On Thursday evening (the 27th ) there is a MEET & GREET gathering at the Axe and Fiddle Pub, 657 E. Main St.in downtown Cottage Grove, with a harpist open mic. Friday and Saturday festivities will include live performances, a raffle (donations welcome), various workshops, vendors, family friendly camping, and a BAND SCRAMBLE!! Mark your calendars, gather your instruments and come join us!! NOTE: Camping is limited to 50 people, and first come first serve... Camping must be registered through NAJH. > We are looking for volunteers for the fest. Please feel free to contact any of us with inquiries :)
Please visit the Jews' Harp Guild Facebook group or the North American Jaw Harpist Group ( https://www.facebook.com/najawharpists/ ) or email Porky Miller at porky.najh at gmail.com for more information..




This is a list of major motels/hotels and a couple of B&Bs which are close to the Cottage Grove. There are more B&Bs in town with a WIDE price range and also some Airbnb listings. Too much to include here, but, super easy to find with a google search. The list is not in any way an endorsement or recommendation of any and is also likely incomplete. Eugene, about ½ hour or more away, has an enormous selection. There are also campgrounds, most of which are rural and “rustic” on State or National parks. Again, google camping in Cottage Grove, OR gives all needed info.

BEST WESTERN COTTAGE GROVE INN……1.1 mi from downtown 541 942 1000
QUALITY INN COTTAGE GROVE…………….1 mi from downtown 541 942 974
VILLAGEGREEN RESORT & GARDENS…….2 miles from downtown 541 942 2491
RELAX INN………….0.6 miles from downtown 541 942 5132
SUPER 8 CRESWELL (Creswell) …………..8.6 mi from Armory 888 942 7389
COMFORT INN 7 SUITES (Creswell)…….. 8.8 mi from Armory 541 895 4025
THE GRAY CAT INN. …within walking distance of downtown 541 942 1900
CAROUSEL HOUSE BED B&B…………………2.3 miles 541 942 0046
THE WHITE HOUSE……………………0.5 miles 541 942 1687

History of the Festival - The Beginning

We have come a long way since 1991 when the festival was "born"
and each year the festival continues to grow and attract more
musicians and spectators.

     It all began with a meeting which took place in the fall of 1991. 
Gordon Frazier (of Seattle) who had recently returned from
attending the Second International Trump (Jew's Harp) Congress
that July in Yakutsk, Siberia, traveled down to Bill and Janet
Gohring's place in eastern Oregon.  Gordon's dad, Marvin (who
plays bones), and Bart Wood (a friend of the Gohring's) were also

     It was the first time the Gohring's had met Gordon, but they
were long time friends with his Dad, Marvin.  Gordon had an
impressive Jew's Harp collection and he brought it along with
him.  Well, the music started shortly after Gordon arrived and
didn't stop until the next day.

     Early in that first evening, the idea came up about having a
Jew's Harp festival here in the northwest.  After all, Russia,
Japan, Scotland, Philippines, etc., all have one.  So, we
discussed the type of festival we wanted it to be (Free and Fun)
... with the Jew's Harp as the main theme.

     Well, it is much more than we ever anticipated it would be. 

     The atmosphere brings family unity closer together; it's the 
perfect chance to meet many new interesting people (Jew's Harpers 
are a bit "twangy"); the opportunity to listen and play a wide 
variety of music from around the world; become introduced to a 
variety of musical instruments (some one cannot even imagine!); 
and often people from foreign countries will attend and play their
own music.

     The festival was part of the inspiration behind Wayland
Harman's creation of the Clackamore .  It also inspired Bill
Gohring to create his own Jew's Harp design and start hand-making
them.  So, the festival is effecting many of us in a wonderful,
creative way.

     The atmosphere during the festival is open, friendly, a
willingness to share and learn, and great people who love to hear
those Jew's Harpers play.

     All in all, it's the place to be if you want to have a great
time, enjoy good music and learn to play the Jew's Harp (most
people learn in no time at all).

     Many of us enjoy the wide variety of Workshops held during
the festival.  You can learn everything about the ancient,
mystical little music instrument from present day back to
Neanderthal times.

     But beware!  Jew's Harps are addictive!  Once you start
playing, you won't be able to stop.

 We now hope that other folks will step forward to host
other gatherings around the country. Contact us via our Facebook Group.