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Luthier Discovers A Parallel Life

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Imagine buying a mandolin on Ebay, doing a little research and finding the story of a luthier (one who makes stringed musical instruments) whose life paralleled your own in so many ways.

That’s what happened to our next  guest. And some of the story played out in our area – Burlington and Keene, NH.

Joel Eckhaus, a luthier and musician, lives in Portland, Maine. He wrote a story for Fretboard Journal about how his research has uncovered many uncanny similarities he has with the mandolin’s maker, John Henry Parker. He spoke with Vermont Edition about those similarities.