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Upright Bass on Consignment


We recently took in a very nice upright bass on consignment. Here are the specs! -Cremona SB – 2 3/4 (3/4 size) -G. Edward Luthierie (Gary Bartig) set it up, put in pickup model R-10704 -padded TKL Gig bag with shoulder strap and D-rings for backpack-style straps -strings: E & A look to be Innovation […]

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Graham McDonald, Australian author/luthier


Graham McDonald with one of his Kickstarter mandolins and his own, personal player, and Marv with his autographed copy of Graham’s book   Monday, May 16, we had a special guest here at the Pickin’ Parlor. Graham McDonald, a luthier from Canberra, Australia, dropped in to buy some cases for several of his mandolins, and […]

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Dakota Dave Hull at HPP May 7, 2016, 12:30 PM

Dakota Dave Hull at HPP Sat May 7 2016

Our friend and music legend Dakota Dave Hull will be here live and in-person at the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor signing copies of his new CDs, “Heavenly Hope,” and, “This Earthly Life,” on Saturday, May 7, 2016   at 12:30 PM. All are invited! Folks who participated in Dave’s Kickstarter are encouraged to drop by and pick up […]

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Deering Banjo Ukuleles arrive

Just received our first shipment of two Deering Goodtime banjo ukuleles.  There has been lots of buzz about these instruments and our first examination tells us they are everything they were promised to be.  The attached photo replaces the 1,000 words we were going to put in this space.  We have more on order, but […]

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Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival Date Set

LPAMF 2015 Flyer 8.5x11

And don’t you dare miss it.  Saturday, June 13, 2015.  It’s held in Minneapolis’ historic Loring Park.  It’s a FREE festival and runs from 12:00 noon to 8 pm.  Food vendors are on site and horse and carriage rides will be available. This year, the festival will feature The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, The Little Thunderbirds, Frank […]

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Oxford American’s Southern Music Issue is out!

Oxford American 001

You may have heard it discussed on Minnesota Public Radio yesterday.  The Winter 2014 issue of Oxford American is on the newsstands now.  It’s their annual Southern Music Issue and this year it’s devoted to the music of Texas. The cover photo is a 1975 photo of Guy and Susanna Clark. The accompanying 25 song […]

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Sunday Hours added until Christmas

As we do each holiday season, we add Sunday hours to make your shopping for musical supplies as easy as possible. We will be open November 30 (that’s tomorrow), and December 7, 14 & 21.  Our Sunday hours are from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm.  Tomorrow Bruce and  Marv will be on hand to help […]

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November Recordings New Releases/Arrivals

Lots of wonderful new releases this month.  Remember on Saturday, November 29, Small Business Saturday, you can receive a 20% discount when you purchase three or more CDs.  You may want to take advantage of those savings on some of the titles listed below: CDs   JAP-01003            John Black, O Tannenbaum                                                                            $ 12.75 GGR-002               Gregory […]

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“Black Friday” & “Small Business Saturday”

Pauls cookies

Well, it’s here again – the holiday shopping season. Some years ago, retailers coined the phrase “Black Friday”, and anointed the day after Thanksgiving with that appellation. The mythology behind the term says that it was the day that businesses typically went in the black after losing money all year to that point. If that’s […]

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Great Old-Time and Bluegrass concert at Ginkgo Coffeehouse tomorrow


Just got word from Ivan Rosenberg that he and Chris Coole have left their Toronto home and are spreading their Old-Timey and Bluegrass music as widely as possible and will be serving it up at The Ginkgo Coffeehouse tomorrow night, September 26 at 8:00 PM.  A unique musical combination, they combine clawhammer banjo and Dobro.  It works – but don’t take my word for […]

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