Blog: Harmonica Articles

Wanna come to a Harmonica Retreat in Hawaii with JP?

By JP Allen ~ YES! Because the other retreats sold out so fast, I’ll be hosting an additional 5-day harmonica retreat at my home in Kauai for beginning and intermediate-level harmonica players. I’m limiting this retreat to only 12 harmonica students so I can get to know you and personally help you with your biggest harmonica challenges... Continue Reading »

Q&A: Paul Gillings on Cultivating Passion for the Harmonica

By Justin Norton ~ Paul Gillings has been a fixture on the United Kingdom harmonica scene for decades and, thanks to the Internet, is increasingly known as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with a tireless work ethic. Gillings had the good fortune of having a Scoutmaster (Norman Ives) who ran a mail order harmonica business. Ives eventually started a free [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Paul Jones – Blues Playlist

By JP Allen ~ Paul Jones is an English singer, actor, harp player, radio and TV presenter. He became the frontman of the 1960s pop group Manfred Mann soon after declining an offer from the fledgling Rolling Stones. In 1979 Paul formed a new group – The Blues Band, in which he is the lead vocalist and harmonicist. The [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Player of the Month: Sugar Blue – Exclusive Q&A

By admin ~ (Listen to some Sugar Blue while reading this exclusive interview; here’s a playlist of some of his best songs here (link opens in new window) You were born and raised in New York. What was it like to  grow up in Harlem? New York is my hometown and, like anyone’s place of birth, it is [&hellip... Continue Reading »

SPAH: America’s Biggest Harmonica Party

By Jaine Rodack ~ “Life is short, and this is one of the better ways to spend a lot of it.” – A customer enjoying a bowl of chili on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. He may have been talking about chili, but that fellow could have just as easily been talking about SPAH (Society for the [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Sweet Soul n Bitey Blues – Steve Marriner, Video Playlist

By JP Allen ~ Steve Marriner is a Canadian harp player, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and more. He is known for his original blues and soul sound, and has collaborated with the likes of Kim Wilson (the Fabulous Thunderbirds) and the blues/folk guitarist Harry Manx. Steve is currently the frontman of the award winning blues-rock band MonkeyJunk, check out the MonkeyJunk [&hellip... Continue Reading »

One Bad Dude – Junior Wells (Video Playlist)

By JP Allen ~ Junior Wells was a Chicago-based blues harp player and singer. He is well known for his collaborations with Muddy Waters, Earl Hopper, and Buddy Guy. Bill Dahl describes him as “one bad dude, strutting across the stage like a harp-toting gangster, mesmerizing the crowd with his tough-guy antics and rib-sticking Chicago blues attack”. (Get the [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Saved by Harmonica – Exclusive Mark Hummel Interview

By Jaine Rodack ~ Mark Hummel spent a good part of his life being the odd man out, which is to say, in the minority. And so it was that early on he was immersed in, and gained an appreciation for, the music and culture of races, places and cultures other than his own. His parents met at Yale [&hellip... Continue Reading »