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Glass Harp

Glass Harp Reunion Show – the Youngstown trio of guitarist Phil Keaggy, bassist Dan Pecchio and drummer John Sferra

“Few area bands are more legendary and elusive than Glass Harp,” – Cool Cleveland.

Glass Harp holds a unique position in the rock history of northeast Ohio and nationally. Glass Harp is a bare bones group in the tradition of Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and fellow Ohio band, The James Gang. They developed a signature sound of their own – a progressive approach that allowed the members, collectively and individually, to stretch beyond the confines of standard form.

The band quickly found a following in the thriving music scene of northeast Ohio. Glass Harp was especially popular at the legendary JB's in Kent, Ohio, playing to packed houses during the tumultuous days surrounding the anti-war demonstrations at Kent State. That local following led to a national recording contract and big tours with the likes of Traffic, Yes, The Kinks, Humble Pie, Alice Cooper, and Grand Funk Railroad.

In their early history, the group released three critically acclaimed albums on the Decca-MCA label: Glass Harp, Synergy, and It Makes Me Glad.

In many ways, the story of Glass Harp is one of or reaching for the stars. They burned brightly. References to stellar events seem to pervade much of the music. As a reviewer of their debut album observed, “no fewer than five songs mention the sky, and three of the remaining ones talk about things like stars, rainbows, and the moon.”

In spite of their short lived life, Glass Harp managed to make a significant mark. After the breakup of the band in 1972, Keaggy went on to a career in Christian music, Pecchio joined the Michael Stanley Band, and Sferra was involved various music projects including the release of a solo album. Following a 1997 reunion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the trio has performed together on rare occasions. They have released one new studio album as well as several live albums.

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160 E Market St
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