Updated July 2017

North American
Jew's Harp Festival
(NAJHF)
Information

FESTIVAL INDEX:

NAJHF 2017 Information

HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL
Account of the 21st North American Jew's Harp Festival 2012 - Harm Linsen
NEWSLETTER COVERING NAJHF 2008
NEWSLETTER PHOTOS OF NAJHF 2007
2004 NAJHF Report - Dear Diary - Mark Poss
2003 NAJHF - A Short Report
2000 NAJHF ON-LINE REPORT - Mark Poss
1997 NAJHF ON-LINE REPORT - Fred Crane
PAST NAJHF FESTIVAL PHOTOS & VIDS

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


 

22nd North American Jew's Harp Festival

August 11 – August 12 - 2017
Aug 11 at 11 AM to Aug 12 at 11 PM

628 E Washington Ave, Cottage Grove, Oregon 97424


The North American Jaw Harpists are proud to host the 22nd North American Jew's Harp Festival! All are welcome to join the FREE festivities! We will have a "meet and greet" at the Axe and Fiddle (next door to the Armory) on Thursday the 10th of August, followed by workshops and concert performances on the 11th and 12th! We are currently seeking jaw harp performers and workshop instructors. 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/ ) for more information.

 

MORE INFORMATION COMING

LODGING CLOSE TO COTTAGE GROVE ARMORY

This is a list of major motels/hotels and a couple of B&Bs which are close to the Cottage Grove Armory. 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. (There is a Corvette club event in town the same weekend, so, you should make arrangements ASAP) 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

Cottage Grove Armory

Cottage Grove Armory

 


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
there.

     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 had moved to the Bay City Arts Center in Bay City Oregon
 where the festival continued until August 2011 in the same spirit with 
which it began. We now hope that other folks will step forward to host
other gatherings around the country. Contact us via our Facebook Group.