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Owen Bullock

The Alan Gogoll Trio

Kytarista (Guitarist) by Stepan Kovarik

We drive along listening to Alan Gogoll, his harmonics like raindrops that can sing, melodies like different clear skies. Sounds like three people playing guitar – he should call himself the Alan Gogoll Trio. Performs in shorts and beanie, talks about hand-built guitars and exceptional luthiers. Names tracks for animals: ‘Boutique Bear’, ‘Mulberry Mouse’, ‘Grizzly Caterpillar’ – ‘Kindling’ like a convention of bellringers with guitar accompaniment.

she thinks
through the wheel

folk festival –
the prairie
in her voice


About the writer:
Owen Bullock’s most recent publication is Impression (Beir Bua Press, 2022). His other titles include Uma rocha enorme que anda à roda (A big rock that turns around), translations of his tanka into Portuguese by Francisco Carvalho (Temas Originais, 2021), Summer Haiku (Recent Work Press, 2019), Work & Play (Recent Work Press, 2017), and Semi (Puncher & Wattmann, 2017). He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Canberra. His other interests include juggling, music and chess.

About Alan Gogoll:
Alan Gogoll is an Australian guitarist and composer best known for the invention of the two-handed simultaneous artificial harmonics technique he has called “Bell Harmonics.”

Image: Kytarista (Guitarist) by Jiří Kovařík (193-1994). Oil on canvas. 120 x 98 cm. 1959. By free license.

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