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Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast

The Happy Hour Harmonica podcast brings profiles of some of the top harmonica players and technicians today. The podcast is sponsored by Seydel harmonicas. Check out their great range of products at www.seydel1847.com.If you would like to make a voluntary contribution to help keep the podcast running then please use this link: https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour. Visit the main podcast webpage at: https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com/ Contact: happyhourharmonicapodcast@gmail.com

Tracks

William Clarke retrospective, part 2, with Paul Barry
Paul Barry joins me again on episode 105, for another look at the life and career of the great William Clarke.Paul has now released his biography: Blowin’ Like Hell: The William Clarke Story, writing it from insights he gained from Bill’s wife Jeanette, and Bill's children, and the musicians who played with him, as well as many others.Bill dedicated his life from the age of sixteen to become the bluesman he dreamed he could be, and he worked extremely hard at it. He honed his craft from woodshedding at home, attending the blues clubs of LA, becoming the protege of George Smith, and pushing himself hard to create his unique voice both vocally and especially on the diatonic and chromatic harmonica. All this despite his personal demons, to become one of the leading players of his generation. Links:Paul’s website:https://www.paulbarryblues.com/Where to buy the biography:https://www.paulbarryblues.com/william-clarke.htmlBlues Blast magazine review of the William Clarke book:https://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/issue-18-7-february-15-2024/?fbclid=IwAR3lctX2K7JrotYoAczEp_JE_rIktqg6QejnVrSMR52OYIvKiEM-GeyJS9QWilliam Clarke Remembered Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/171827912850208/The first William Clarke retrospective with Paul:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com/william-clarke-retrospective-with-paul-barry/Videos:Bill playing Lollipop Mama at the San Fran Blues Festival in 1991:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrXrsmUWAGMInterview with Bill, and concert footage from Byron Bay festival in Australia:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfgWsyKvC3oPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASANDThe Harmonica Company. Use promo code: 'happyhour7'.Email Jonathan at: sales@theharmonicacompany.comSupport the show
59:59 2/29/24
Mike Turk interview
Mike Turk joins me on episode 104.Mike is a Boston-based player who started out playing blues harmonica, inspired by the great Paul Butterfield, before becoming interested in playing jazz on the chromatic. He recorded some session work in New York and recorded through the 1970s with various artists, with many of those tracks available on anthology albums Mike has put out. He released his first solo album, Harmonica Salad, in 1991. Mike went on to record several more albums, with a letter from Toots Thielemans included in the liner notes for Turk’s Works. He also toured Europe and recorded some albums with the Italian band he was working with while in Europe. Links:Mike’s website:https://www.tinsandwichmusic.com/Toots Thielmans testimonial on Mike’s website:https://www.tinsandwichmusic.com/?page_id=265Polyphonia harmonica:https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/nmah_1306456Great interview with Mike:https://blues.gr/profiles/blogs/harmonica-virtuoso-mike-turk-talks-about-jazz-blues-lowel-fulsomVideos:Don Brooks session recordings:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDGSb5NxtJY&list=PLGbKWi5veb_nwSHBWYjEgDPtHfYbFFufY&index=4Honeydripper film opening credits:https://youtu.be/BO5eP6XsF9MDouglas Tate playing at the NHL Festival in 1988 (not on a Renaissance):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th1PbXWfoY8Mike trio gig from March 2022:https://www.facebook.com/themadmonkfish/videos/1593252841059782Podcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASANDThe Harmonica Company. Use promo code: 'happyhour7'. Email Jonathan at: sales@theharmonicacompany.comSupport the show
59:26 2/14/24
Konstantin Reinfeld interview
Konstantin Reinfeld joins me on episode 103.Konstantin is a German who comes from the overblow school of harmonica, studying music at a conservatory and taking lessons from Howard Levy as part of his early development. He released a jazz album at age 18, with two more albums to follow before releasing a classical album played on the diatonic harmonica, for which he won a German Grammy award for classical music. On top of this Konstantin is a music producer, including producing his own recordings bringing the harmonica into a contemporary pop setting. He has a very active online presence and hosts harmonica interviews for the Hohner Live X series of YouTube videos.Links:Konstantin’s website: https://www.konstantinreinfeld.comPatreon page:https://www.patreon.com/konstantinreinfeldCompositions for harmonica and piano:https://www.doerken-stiftung.de/foerderung/kompositionen-fuer-mundharmonika-als-gratisdownload/downloads-kompositionen-fuer-mundharmonika-und-klavierVideos:YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/@KonstantinReinfeldBody Heat with Benjamin Nuss:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KEJzFcZgqg&list=TLGGMrKWZLRF3CoyMjAxMjAyNA&t=2sCinema Paradiso - Love Theme:https://youtu.be/ULj-GjL4nFA?si=D6G11zXwOCd32kvvInterview on Hohner channel with the 14 year old Konstantin:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIPCFRTIJDUHohner Live X interview with Howard Levy:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_DDBgcEViwCountry Harmonica Challenge:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glvupq6gpf8Don Toliver harmonica cover:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2BVsMa5QiMPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASANDThe Harmonica Company. Use promo code: 'happyhour7'. Email Jonathan at: sales@theharmonicacompany.comSupport the show
60:00 1/31/24
Christian Marsh interview
Christian Marsh joins me on episode 102.Christian is an Australian who plays both the diatonic and chromatic harmonica. Starting out playing diatonic, Christian drew inspiration from players such as Norton Buffalo and Charlie McCoy, absorbing as much harmonica as he could lay his hands on  . He picked the chromatic up a few years later after hearing Toots Thielemans play, and even went on to maintain Larry Adler’s harmonicas while he was touring Australia.Christian is a mainstay on the Australian music scene, having 60 album credits sessions to his name, as well as a number of albums with Dr Goodvibe, and several under his own name, with a new release coming out in January 2024. Christian has also performed a concerto written for harmonica, as well as performing at the Sydney Opera House.Links:Christian Marsh website:https://christianmarsh.com.au/Recording credits:https://christianmarsh.com.au/credits/Online tracks:https://www.reverbnation.com/christianmarsh/song/27991199-sven-libaeks-harmonica-concertoVideos:Nun In The Back Seat, with Dr Goodvibe:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cov-WjwvCp4&t=200sRoxanne, live with Dr Goodvibe:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh136n8OQHYLive with Paul Robert Burton trio:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBMiFbRZYSkPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or InstagramSupport the show
59:44 1/19/24
Neil Warren interview
Tom Ellis interviews Neil Warren on episode 101.Neil started out playing blues harmonica in his hometown of Blackburn (with it’s 4000 holes). He progressed into learning jazz, taking jazz chromatic lessons for several years, and then folk music. Neil currently plays in two bands around his local area, an acoustic act playing blues and folk, and an electric band playing different genres, such as ska and funk and blues, including use of the DM48 midi chromatic.He has won three categories of competitions at the UK National Harmonica League festival and helped organise the Chromatic Weekend festival for them for several years. The discussion then turns to focus on the Happy Hour Harmonica podcast, how it got started, how he sources the people to interview, what the podcast tries to do and some of his own favourite moments from the first 100 episodes.Links:Podcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com/Contact podcast:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com/contact/Transcription website:https://www.harptranscripts.co.uk/Harp Keys: showing key of harmonica used on over 1000 songs:https://www.harptranscripts.co.uk/harpkeys.htmlRev John and the Revelations:https://revjohnh490546051.wordpress.com/Greg Mayston band:https://www.folkbluesandamericana.com/Harmonica UK (was National Harmonica League):https://www.harmonica.uk/Videos:Roseanne soundtrack:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSE51IAUZ3MDark Eyes at UK Chromatic Weekend:https://youtu.be/fh664YnZcFc?si=mowTd5gPtJJdBvNcBlair Athol (Scottish folk song): https://youtu.be/eZ-FT48q05QBlowing The Family Jewels:https://youtu.be/fnOZrIr7AE4Podcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or InstagramSupport the show
59:59 1/5/24
Little Walter retrospective
Episode 100 is a retrospective on the greatest ever blues harmonica player, Marion Walter Jacobs, aka Little Walter.Little Walter was born in 1930, probably, and started playing harmonica age 8. He was busking on the streets of New Orleans by age 12, spent some time in Helena, before heading north to Chicago to make his indelible mark on blues and the harmonica. Little Walter teamed up with Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers and cut some classic blues recordings before he went out under his own name after he was launched into superstardom with his instrumental Juke, in 1952. He was riding high in the charts and touring for the next few years, including another number one with My Babe, while still also recording with Muddy Waters.The arrival of rhythm and blues started to replace the blues as the popular music of the day, which saw Little Walter start to go down slow, but he still made some great recordings and completed two tours of Europe.He was then taken far too young, at the age of 37, as a result of an injury sustained in a street fight. But he left behind numerous masterpieces in the blues harmonica genre, that have influenced pretty much every player since. Links:The Little Walter Foundation:https://littlewalterfoundation.org/Billy Boy Arnold interview:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com/billy-boy-arnold-interview/Kim Field website:https://www.kimfield.com/Bob Corritore Little Walter photo tribute page:https://bobcorritore.com/photos/little-walter-photo-tribute/Videos:Lonnie Glosson and Wayne Raney:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfXb7OEjVzUOra Nelle Blues, first recording:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E7z56E0DwIPlaying Walter's Jump with Hound Dog Taylor in 1967:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8GWEvIkzGETrailer of Blue Midnight Little Walter biography:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtZDbiCEfnMShe’s 19 Years Old bootleg recording with Sam Lay from 1967:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9-pYoSCcHcLittle Walter’s induction into Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyYk_PlnnUoPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or InstagramSupport the show
119:12 12/20/23
Dennis Gruenling interview
Dennis Gruenling joins me on episode 99.Dennis is originally from the New York area, where he  began his love affair with record collecting, listening to a wide range of music, from country to rhythm and blues and beyond before it all came together when he heard his first harmonica on the great Harp Attack album. Dennis cut his teeth with the support of local harp players before releasing his first album, Jump Time, featuring the jump swing style of his early output. On this, and subsequent albums, Dennis was a trailblazer in making extensive use of amplified low tuned harmonicas. Dennis has gone on to make some great albums across the jump and Chicago blues genres, and currently plays with the Nick Moss band.From an early age Dennis has been renovating vintage microphones, and is now one of the leading providers of vintage mics and amps in the world, via his BadAssHarmonicas website, as well as a huge collection of webinars on all things harmonica.Links:Dennis Gruenling websites:https://badassharmonica.com/https://www.dennisgruenling.coNick Moss band:https://badassharmonica.com/pages/nick-moss-bandWebinars / Membership:https://badassharmonica.com/collections/membershipsGear used by Dennis:https://www.dennisgruenling.com/gearBands In Town page:https://www.bandsintown.com/a/14484438-dennis-gruenling-badass-harmonicaTip Dennis:https://badassharmonica.com/collections/tips-thank-youVideos:YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/@DennisGruenlingPlaying Rocker with the Nick Moss band:https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=29&v=2EswyXuWwzPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or InstagramSupport the show
60:00 11/29/23
The Green Bullet interview
Michael Pettersen And James Waldron join me on episode 98.In this episode we talk about the iconic Green Bullet microphone, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2024. Michael is the Director of Corporate History at Shure microphones , and he tells us about the early design of the mic, what it was used for and about how it took years before Shure became aware that it was such an important mic for harmonica players. James runs SimpleMics.com, where he rebuilds vintage harmonica microphones, including for some illustrious customers. James provides a harmonica-centric perspective on the Green Bullet and some detail on what is under the hood of the mic.Both Michael and James help debunk some of the myths about the Green Bullet, as well as sharing their deep knowledge of its element, shell and other inner workings of this most legendary of harmonica microphones.LinksGreen Bullet mics website:https://greenbulletmics.net/James’ Simple Mics website:https://www.simplemics.com/Versions of the Green Bullet:https://service.shure.com/s/article/what-are-the-different-versions-of-the-green-bullet?language=en_UShttps://service.shure.com/s/article/history-of-the-model-520-green-bullet?language=en_USConvert Green Bullet to use with XLR cable (low impedance):https://service.shure.com/s/article/putting-an-xlr-on-the-green-bullet?language=en_USAdd a volume control and on/off switch: https://service.shure.com/s/article/adding-a-volume-control-to-a-520d-green-bullet?language=en_USShure 520DX model:https://www.shure.com/en-GB/products/microphones/520dx?variant=520DXVideos:Shure video on how the Green Bullet became the sound of blues harmonica:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlLniCG0lCwPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or InstagramSupport the show
59:59 11/16/23
Vitor Lopes interview
Vitor Lopes joins me on episode 97.He is a Brazilian chromatic player who specialises in Choro music.Vitor tells us about the history of the harmonica in Brazil, starting out when Hohner opened a factory there in 1923, which later became the Hering factory. The availability of harmonicas in Brazil made the instrument very popular and spawned some tremendous players.In 2008 Vitor was awarded the APCA prize for the best Brazilian musician of the year. He has recorded several Choro albums with his bands, has toured in Europe several times and appears on numerous albums with other musicians. If you want to learn some Choro, Vitor has an online course available so you can play some of this wonderful music on the chromatic harmonica.Links:Chorando as Pitangas band website:https://chorandoaspitangas.comSoundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/vitor-lopes-harm/tracksVitor’s Choro harmonica course:https://hotmart.com/en/marketplace/products/choro-harmonica-with-vitor-lopes/U51984467A?sck=HOTMART_SITEVideos:History of harmonica in Brazil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIF4-7Em_awEdu da Gaita playing Paganini’s Moto Perpetuo:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w8j_gfIEiUVitor’s series of videos on Brazilian Choro music on harmonica:https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb7Pnj0vhWE3TcArNwNkjO4P9IQVCAbxA&si=Ai7wIhxP7LTXzrV-Concert with Chorando as Pitangas:https://youtu.be/Wbe2Dr0oi9s?si=IyiLCCHoiwHevJ2f With Ana Fridman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuxUvAEIPCMDuo with Pablo Fagundes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s87mSjNEGJ8Vitor playing diatonic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-RtOdozKdwSuzuki condenser mic  overview from Joe Powers:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQKs3yFRIncPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram Support the show
59:59 11/2/23
Paddy Wells interview
Paddy Wells joins me on episode 96.Paddy is based in the north of England, where he started out as a singer playing a little harp before hearing amplified harmonica, which really turned him on to the instrument.Paddy is also a freelance music journalist, having written regular articles for several music magazines in the UK, including Blues in Britain. He also wrote an article, Blowin’ Off The Dust, for the SPAH magazine. Paddy has also spent some time travelling the US, including sitting in with Jason Ricci, and writing two magazine articles on him.Paddy has played in various bands in the north of England, appearing at festivals and supporting some notable names. His current band is called Dust Radio.Links:Paddy’s website:https://www.paddywells.com/Dust Radio music:https://dustradio1.bandcamp.com/musicMusic:https://www.paddywells.com/musicPaddy’s article: Blowing Off the Dust:  Modern Masters of the Blues Harp:https://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/modern-blues-harp-masters.htmlVideos:Lyndon Anderson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26yIoZVYuVAInterview with Paddy on the Tim Green Blues show:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yTEBIuKJGkI’d Rather Go Blind with Poorboy:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNH0Qs8GEeMProblem and The Remedy video:https://dustradio1.bandcamp.com/track/problem-remedy-2Podcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram Support the show
59:59 10/18/23
Michael Rubin interview
Michael Rubin joins me on episode 95.Michael moved to Austin as a young man, initially as a blues player. He found that by diversifying the genres he played on harmonica he became much more in demand in the vibrant music scene in Austin. He added to t his versatility by playing different types of harmonica, including plenty of chromatic in addition to the diatonic being his main axe. Michael has also recorded on bass harmonica and the harmonetta.Michael has gigged and recorded with numerous outfits, with styles ranging from blues to pop, African music, reggae and old time country gospel. Michael released his first solo album in 2022, I’ll Worry If I Wanna. On here he demonstrates his full range of harmonica mastery, including a solo playing in all twelve positions. Links:Michael’s website:https://michaelrubinharmonica.com/I’ll Worry If I Wanna album:https://michaelrubin.hearnow.com/SPAH tribute to Bob Herndon (great Harmonetta player):https://www.spah.org/content.asp?contentid=62Mike Caldwell:https://www.countrythangdaily.com/mike-caldwell-unleashed/Album with Christopher Cody Meacham:https://christophercodymeacham.bandcamp.com/album/ol-time-waddies-blues-2019-lpVideos:YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/@michaelrubinharmonicList of YouTube harmonica lessons:https://michaelrubinharmonica.com/pageVideoArchive.htmlPeg O My Heart on Harmonetta:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xfqJNhLoTASophisticated Lady on DM48:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaSKBZqijnUPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram Support the show
59:53 10/5/23
Jason Ricci interview: part 2
The interview with Jason Ricci continues on episode 94, part 2.Jason shares how he has matured into his music, including on his 2021 album, City Country City, playing jazz, funk and blues with New Orleans musician Joe Krown. Jason goes on to share what he considers to be his best work on harmonica, and the elements that make up a great performance.He’s recorded two albums with JJ Appleton, and Bad Kind is Jason’s current band, having released two albums so far, and a new album coming out with Bad Kind at the end of the month: Behind The Veil.Jason has a big social media presence, with Patreon the place to go for his teaching material, with over 600 harmonica related videos available.And Jason has just released a signature harmonica in partnership with Blue Moon harmonicas.Links:Jason’s social media links::https://mooncat.org/https://www.instagram.com/jasonricci93/https://twitter.com/jasonricci93Patreon page:https://www.patreon.com/jasonricciTip Jason:PayPal.me/jasonricciBandcamp:https://jasonricci.bandcamp.com/Harp Gear amplification:http://harpgear.com/Videos:Paul Butterfield induction into the rock ’n roll Hall of Fame:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zix79vpAjG02023 SPAH concert:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKPuDDJz66MPedal Board (2019):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8CeSabvTy0Hip-Hug Her with Bad Kind:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMlB_rL8REUPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram Support the show
59:59 9/19/23
Jason Ricci interview: part 1
Jason Ricci joins me on episode 93 (and on episode 94)In part one: Jason tells us how he started out in a punk band, with his bandmates suggesting he take up the harmonica. Of course, he took to it quickly, to become quite possibly the leading diatonic harmonica player of his generation. After initially developing his blues playing via the classic players, Jason moved to Memphis and developed his signature fast licks under the guidance of Pat Ramsey. Then, after getting into jazz and a brief flirtation with the saxophone, he started playing overblows, inspired by Howard Levy and the more blues based approach of Adam Gussow. Jason moved from Memphis for stints in various places, including Florida and jail, before settling in Nashville where he really made his presence known with his band Jason Ricci and New Blood.To be continued...Links:Jason’s social media links::https://mooncat.org/https://www.instagram.com/jasonricci93/https://twitter.com/jasonricci93Patreon page:https://www.patreon.com/jasonricciTip Jason:PayPal.me/jasonricciBandcamp:https://jasonricci.bandcamp.com/Videos:Jason's YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/jasonricciBaby Scratch My Back with the Nick Moss band:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSGrzkcdiM0Podcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASSupport the show
59:51 9/15/23
Erland Westerstrom interview
Erland Westerstrom joins me on episode 92.Erland is from Sweden, where he studied Swedish folk music on the harmonica at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, with Filip Jers as one of his teachers there.Erland released a solo harmonica album in 2020, Andas! (Swedish for breathe), where he makes use of drones, polyphonic rhythms, tongue spilts and other techniques to create self-accompaniment to the melodies of the traditional tunes he plays.Erland’s latest band is with the trio Västanvinden. This sees the harmonica combining with great effect with the clarinet and cittern, with the harmonica used as much for chordal accompaniment as for melody.A big part of Erland’s music is playing for dancers, who are part of the show in Sweden.Erland also does some harmonica maintenance work as well as teaching in Stockholm and online. He is touring with the Västanvinden trio in Europe later in 2023.Links:Erland's website:http://www.folkmunspel.se/englishContact:erland.westerstrom@icloud.comBlog:http://www.folkmunspel.se/bloggCustom harmonicas for sale:http://www.folkmunspel.se/till-saluGreat resource for traditional Swedish tunes:folkwiki.seAudio-Technica ATM350 mic:https://www.audio-technica.com/en-gb/atm350Videos:From Andas! Album:https://youtu.be/6E3jK0Hj71IWith Bjorn Gardner:https://youtu.be/6E3jK0Hj71IWith Vastanvinden trio:https://youtu.be/eNDmadf1k0MTremolo playing:https://youtu.be/7CXqJ4-v1wUGraduation concert:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKKNMHmeR6oPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASSupport the show
59:59 8/16/23
Tom Halchak (Blue Moon Harmonicas) interview
Tom Halchak joins me on episode 91.Tom tells us how he grew his successful company, Blue Moon Harmonicas, started in 2009. Tom started out selling custom combs, and then covers in different materials and colours. Tom went on to develop his customisation skills to offer fully fledged custom harmonicas using his Blue Moon product lines. Tom also started offering pre-war Marine Band harmonicas for sale. These hand-crafted harps have stood the test of time and with some improvements by Tom, provide a playing experience which conjures the spirit of the players of the past. As a result of his pre-war harmonicas trading, Tom now acts on behalf of the estate of Sonny Terry, offering Sonny’s actual harmonicas for sale, complete with the DNA of the great man himself, as well as a range of other memorabilia, such as concert posters and contracts. Tom also prides himself in providing great service.Links:Blue Moon harmonicas:https://bluemoonharmonicas.com/Blue Moon Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/BlueMoonHarmonicasSonny Terry harmonica collection:https://bluemoonharmonicas.com/collections/sonny-terry-estate-llcVideos:Blue Moon instrumental by Whitt Smith:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NGES1uduekRange of harps available at Blue Moon:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXlrOo9qQKECNC Milling GM wood comb:https://youtu.be/lhVFoRTDMjsJason Ricci video on Blue Moon products he uses:https://youtu.be/PWrKgdGnhZEJason Ricci playing ‘Feel Good Funk’:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSAvtxrTbccCustom combs for Big River:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcgQktZ8gDsAdam Gussow appraisal of 150 of Sonny Terry’s harmonicas:https://youtu.be/EDT4Xt70OmgSonny Terry tribute concert at SPAH 2016:https://youtu.be/7ycKmefNKfgPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASSupport the show
59:59 8/4/23
Paul Butterfield retrospective, part 2, with Tom Ellis
Tom Ellis joins me (again) on episode 90.This is part two of the Paul Butterfield retrospective where Tom takes us even deeper into Paul’s career and talks us through more of his incredible output.About how Butter, while paying his due respect to the greats before him, took the blues in a new direction, with his experimentation and innovation.Butter’s music and bands evolved as he developed, with the best musicians joining him to provide a bedrock to some of the greatest harmonica ever recorded. Tom Ellis puts forward a compelling case for Paul Butterfield as the most influential harmonica player ever, with his cultural and societal impact overshadowing even the classic players of the 1950s.Paul Butterfield retrospective, part 1:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com/paul-butterfield-retrospective-with-tom-ellis/Was Butter a u-blocker?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-73mhQn4Pkc Podcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASSupport the show
59:59 7/19/23
Mike Stevens interview
Mike Stevens joins me on episode 89.Mike is a Canadian who made his name playing Bluegrass harmonica, performing with some of the biggest names in Bluegrass and playing at The Grand Old Opry over 300 times. Mike toured with Bluegrass legends, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, and recently played two songs on harmonica at Jesse’s funeral. Mike won the Canadian Bluegrass artist of the year for five consecutive years, and released a Bluegrass book with Hal Leonard.But Bluegrass isn’t his only genre, also playing Americana, Blues, solo looping, soundscapes and even ballet and West African music.Mike also tells us about synesthesia, a condition which means he sees music in colours and shapes, and how this has impacted his music. On top of all this, Mike has been a leading figure in bringing music to indigenous communities in Canada, distributing some fifty thousands harmonicas to young people.  Links:Mike’s website:www.mikestevensmusic.comArtscan Circle:www.artscancircle.ca  A Walk In My Dream documentary:https://mikestevensmusic.com/walk-in-my-dreamVideos:Playing at the Grand Old Opry with Jim & Jesse:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YIpFQccOUoPlaying at Jesse McReynold’s funeral:https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/index.php?data=MTY4NzgyMTYwMjI1ODU0MyZvbmVyb29tLWFkbWluJmNvcHlfbGluaw==Playing with Matt Andersen:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6iCgQoaViMTED talk on Artscan Circle: bringing music to indigenous communities:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-4uQoNq4M4Blue Sky music festival presentation:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7s-x9tMn6QPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBor sign-up to a monthly subscription to the podcast:https://www.buzzsprout.com/995536/supportSpotify Playlist:Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASSupport the show
59:59 7/5/23
Jim Hughes interview 2
Jim Hughes joins me (again) on episode 88.Jim is a chromatic player who was last interviewed on the podcast in October 2020, back on episode 26. He is now at the grand age of 93 years young, and he shares the wisdom he has developed over many years of playing the chromatic harmonica.Jim has has become blind since the last interview and after being a life long sight reader has now had to learn how to play by ear. He shares how he has adapted to these new challenges and is finding new joy in playing the harmonica.Recently Jim has unearthed some recordings he made among the thousands he recorded with the BBC, and he talks us through some of the pieces and the approaches he took on the harmonica, and his life as a session musician with the BBC.Links:Previous interview with Jim:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com/jim-hughes-interview/Serenade Radio:https://www.serenade-radio.com/The Archivist harmonica website, from Roger Trobridge:http://www.the-archivist.co.uk/NHL concert 1985: (or 1983)http://www.the-archivist.co.uk/jim-hughes-1983/Videos:Adam Glasser in conversation with Jim Hughes, from 2022:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU59OUY-PjE&t=464sCarol Axford playing at NHL concert 2004:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC5t-t8L4F4Podcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASSupport the show
59:58 6/23/23
Paul Harrington interview
Paul Harrington joins me on episode 87.Paul has a long and illustrious recording career, having had great success on the vibrant session scene in Dallas where he recorded on many commercials. He also played on the hit song Timber by rapper Pit Bull, possibly the most listened to song with harmonica in the last decade, with over one billion streams on Spotify. Paul met and performed with many great musicians on the Dallas music scene, becoming the go to harmonica player for famed record producer Phil York, appearing on the NBC Special with comedian Steve Martin, as well as sharing the stage with John Denver and Dolly Parton.Paul released an album in his own name, the Harmonica Soul Serenade, with the song Mercy Mercy Mercy picked out for special praise on Adam Gussow’s YouTube channel.Links:Paul Harrington: Seydel endorser:https://www.seydel1847.de/paulharringtonVideos:Timber hit song:https://youtu.be/hHUbLv4ThOoTexas Blues Runners, Downtown from Sweet Mama album:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8OPJyd_HRUAdam Gussow reviews Paul’s Mercy Mercy Mercy song:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvSSG3eyhDcNews story by Paul’s nephew on his involvement with Timber song:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_EXYVhNYrYNorton Buffalo switching between four harmonicas on ‘Runaway’:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPzcZNgVfpAPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASSupport the show
57:02 6/7/23
Marcos Coll interview
Marcos Coll joins me on episode 86.Marcos is a Spaniard who has been living in Berlin for the last twenty years. Marcos rose to fame at a young age on the Spanish blues scene playing with the Tonky Blues Band before forming the the Los Reyes del KO band, touring the world and sharing the stage with many famous names.Moving to Berlin in 2004, Marcos became a regular on the vibrant blues scene in Germany and recorded with many great artists.In addition to playing blues, Marcos likes to mix modern beats such as hip hop into the blues, as well as playing traditional Spanish and Latin music, including cutting a Latin song with Charlie Musselwhite.Marcos has an online tuition site called Harp and Soul, has been a judge at the Trossingen World Harmonica Championship and is a regular at Seoul, and other harmonica festivals.Links:Marcos’s website:https://marcoscoll.com/Online tuition website:http://harpandsoul.info/enVideos:With Los Mighty Calacas at World Harmonica Festival 2013:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLcLlgcJHLULatin workshop at Hohner masters 2022:https://youtu.be/9Qi0nxFsJbgChan Chan song, playing chord harp (and others) also effect part way thruhttps://youtu.be/_sBZj8CoB6QMarcos rapping on basketball anthem:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yHcGFfXVTgHarp and Soul tuition introduction:https://youtu.be/ErHO7pI64HESeoul festival, playing with Antonio Serrano:https://youtu.be/ks88GMCDj_sPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASSupport the show
59:26 5/18/23
Ed Hopwood interview
Ed Hopwood joins me on episode 85.Ed is from the UK where he started out playing drums and he shares some tips on how to bring some rhythm into our harmonica playing. Ed loves early styles of harmonica and performs a range genres, including jug band, early blues, cajun, bluegrass and old-timey music. Ed has a one man band show where he plays harmonica, guitar, sings and a whole host of percussion instruments. He’s brought many of these skills to his main band, The Rigmarollers, a trio who play a mixture of barrelhouse blues, ragtime, jazz, swing, gospel and infectious zydeco grooves.As well as performing, Ed runs his harmonica tuition school, the Harmonica Barge, from the canal barge on which he lives in London. Links:Ed’s website:https://www.edhopwood.com/The Rigmarollers band:https://www.therigmarollers.com/Teaching website:https://www.theharmonicabarge.com/Solo recordings on Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/ed-hopwood-1Mark Harrison albums:https://www.markharrisonrootsmusic.com/music.phpSeth Shumate, old-time harmonica player:https://oldtime-central.com/seth-shumate-oldtime-harmonica/Videos:One man band act:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RShyJrXbkFURory McLeod, Love Like A Rock:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4gFDlm4oe0Solo gig at The Green Note:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7fmgikSS_AEd solo: Born In The Wrong Time:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5gsMKfEpMsPeter Madcat Ruth playing Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1UyPh3Z3LIHarmonica Barge YouTube site:https://www.youtube.com/@TheHarmonicaBargeCajun music interview with Ed:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8H8GEc2x0ICountry Blues lesson:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdfucNQwEBMCindy, Old-time tune:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDfX9m830coI Shall Not Be Moved, Gospel song:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=053CKZu-WOIPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at Support the show
59:59 5/3/23
Hendrik Meurkens interview
Hendrik Meurkens joins me on episode 84.Hendrik is a German chromatic player who has been living in New York since the early 1990s. Toots Thielemans was Hendrik’s inspiration to take up the chromatic and he performed a live radio show in Germany with Toots. Hendrik is also a vibraphone player, which he studied at the Berklee College of Music. Shortly after this he spent a year in Brazil to immerse himself in the music there. This helped him form his brand of Brazilian music, Samba Jazz.Hendrik has a large album catalogue, including six albums with the prestigious jazz label Concord, and has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in Brazilian and jazz music.Links:Hendrik's website:https://hendrikmeurkens.com/Bandcamp site:https://hendrikmeurkens.bandcamp.com/Hendrik’s album catalogue:https://hendrikmeurkens.com/portfolio/Tutorial site:https://www.mymusicmasterclass.com/artist/artists/hendrik-meurkens/Videos:Hendrick playing vibes:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbIMf3iMNkQTribute To Toots concert in Uruguay:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jcUG7RTNWQPlaying with WDR Big Band:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzyE4Yv2xloPlaying at the Blue Note in New York:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuIAVFDAmqASambatropolis with WDR Big Band:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_G2RuvtyMIDolores Claiborne movie clip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSMimK5uUikPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASSupport the show
59:59 4/19/23
Annie Raines interview
Annie Raines joins me on episode 83.Annie is an early pioneer as a female blues harmonica player. Hailing from the Boston area of the US, she drew on the rich source of harmonica inspiration from nearby Cambridge, regularly attending a jam there in her youth, and meeting many great players and joining the Cambridge Harmonica Orchestra. Annie then teamed-up with her long time musical partner, Paul Rishell, after also meeting him around the Boston area. They have now been performing and recording together for over 30 years, releasing seven albums, and winning a WC Handy award for one of them. Annie has also guested on albums with several other artists, including Pinetop Perkins.Annie teaches harmonica and has released an instructional video, and gives workshops at various harmonica gatherings. Links:Annie and Paul's website:https://www.paulandannie.com/John Gindick’s website:https://gindick.com/harmonica/Cambridge Harmonica Orchestra:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ReDMrEdmbAGeorge Mayweather: What I'd Say:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wp-pAk4epIBlues Harmonica Blueprint instruction:https://truefire.com/techniques-guitar-lessons/blues-harmonica-blueprint/blues-harmonica-blueprint-introduction/v5544Tomlin Harmonica School:https://www.tomlinharmonicaschool.com/Videos:Annie singing You’ve Been A Good Old Wagon:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKgydSYSC7kCharles Leighton playing In A Sentimental Mood:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsPhW6UXE00Canned Heat Blues: from Live In Woodstock DVD:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux-lQaoZewkHarmonica UK Virtual Festival 2020:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD4PzISV2FQAugusta Blues / Swing week 2013:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTXpwCMrs5cDuet with John Sebastien:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmPOnRUDZAEPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASSupport the show
59:59 4/5/23
Steve Guyger interview
Steve Guyger joins me on episode 82.Steve is from the Philadelphia area of the US and he absorbed the blues harmonica players when he first got into playing, with John Lee Williamson a big early inspiration. Steve was also great friends with the late Paul Oscher, making  three albums with him. Steve also teamed up with the legendary Jimmy Rogers, over the course of fourteen years. Steve has released five albums under his own name, with a great mix of diatonic and chromatic blues.Steve’s long-standing band is the Excellos, who   are still performing more than forty years after their formation, and Steve is due to play in a Jimmy Rogers tribute in Switzerland with Dennis Gruenling and Nick Moss sometime soon.Links:https://severnrecords.com/artist/steve-guyger/Blues Harmonica DVD on Hal Leonard:https://www.halleonard.com/product/821042/blues-harmonicaDennis Gruenling website:https://badassharmonica.com/Videos:Steve's YouTube Music channel:https://music.youtube.com/channel/UCkeHm0xNz2csT5fc4zP-84APaul Oscher playing bass harmonica on The Things I Used To Do:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIPIrMNiR3MLive concert with Excellos:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50DvEI8VUlQ&t=3576sI Can See By Your Eyes song:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgJ9lFhEa00Rock This House (live at Austrian Blues festival):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THqRX2PYBdQSammy Lewis playing in 5th position:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyKLRO2x6uESnake Oil live performance (outro song):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IrQkiHJVdcPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASSupport the show
59:48 3/24/23
Ben Bouman interview
Ben Bouman joins me on episode 81.Ben is a Dutch blues player who always strives for originality in his playing, partly inspired by his admiration for the playing of Paul deLay. Ben’s current band is The Marble Tones, who took their name from the amplifier company, with Ben helping develop their range of harmonica amps.Ben also helped Seydel prototype their steel reeds before they released them some fifteen years ago, and he tells us all about polishing and profiling steel reeds, his own business selling customised Seydel harmonicas, and how he helped persuade Seydel in moving over to Compromised Just Tuning.The Harpgame Is On! is the name of Ben’s self-produced album and he regularly posts YouTube videos, including his recent tuition videos on different harmonica themes.Links:Ben’s website:https://www.benboumanharmonicas.nlWebshop to buy Ben Bouman custom harmonicas:https://www.benboumanharmonicas.nl/rapidcartpro/index.php?catalog/all/-/date/1Marble amplifiers:https://www.marble-amps.com/Viola Barends:https://www.violaharmonica.com/Seydel festival and harmonica competition:https://mundharmonika-live.dehttps://www.seydel1847.de/seydelopen-registrationHohner CBH chromatic: https://chromhistory.blog/2019/05/22/cbh-2012-2016/Videos:Paul deLay Harmonica Party:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWepAFBqsN4Marble Tones band videos:https://www.youtube.com/@BluesMoose/search?query=marbletonesBen's Tone in a cup:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063463839653Viola Barends harmonica orchestra:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ7sNeZUAAIBen playing Watermelon Man:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnEbikuq7sIBen playing blues chromatic:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNSa7VdKFXwBen gear demo recording, including Pignose amp:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWFrUNKpMx8The Monkey Speaks His Mind with The Marble Tones:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8d4HbjTn4EIPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at Support the show
59:54 3/9/23
Todd Parrott interview
Todd Parrot joins me on episode 80.Todd is a gospel harmonica player who was inspired to play harmonica after first hearing it in church. He went on to join the church band and has gone on to develop a heavenly tone on the instrument. Todd listened to a lot of country harmonica and was influenced from several players from that genre, including Terry McMillan. Todd released a self-produced solo album, Songs From The Harp, where he learned to play several instruments to accompany his harmonica playing, as well as using other musicians. He is also a sought after session musician, appearing on albums from numerous recording artists.Todd has run the Carolina HarpFest harmonica camp and is a regular at the annual SPAH event. He makes use of alternative tunings, makes his own combs and is an overblow player.Links:Todd’s website:http://www.toddparrott.com/Carolina Harp Fest:http://www.toddparrott.com/carolina-harp-fest.htmlJoe Spiers Custom harmonicas:https://spiersharmonicas.com/Hohner Golden Melody live launch stream (23/02/23):https://www.hohner.de/en/community/news/news-details/product-launch-event-livestreamVideos:Playing with Buddy Green at SPAH:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvN9XsOEdWAPlaying Amazing Grace at SPAH:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ2kom7jv6gTodd reviews Joe Spiers custom harps:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzrEg97RzLITodd playing a Golden Melody:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZj5hCsx8voReviewing Brendan Power’s Slip Slider harmonica:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7vZCgf8Zc4Demonstrates harmonica with 7 draw tuned down:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hUCd03PDAMPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASSupport the show
59:58 2/22/23
Rocky Lok interview
Rocky Lok joins me on episode 79.Rocky lives in Hong Kong, where there is a vibrant harmonica scene. Harmonica is taught in many schools there, which is how Rocky got started playing himself almost 50 years ago. He went on to become part of the King's Harmonica Quintet which has played many prestigious concerts, including in front of an audience of twenty thousand, as part of the 2008 Beijing Olympics torch procession and winning the group competition at the World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen. Rocky is a former president of the Hong Kong Harmonica Association where he was involved in setting-up the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival and is regular judge in the competitions. He also helped organise the current Guinness world record of the most harmonicas playing together, officially 6131 people in Hong Kong.Links:King’s Harmonica Quintet:www.KHQ.HK  Hong Kong Harmonica Association: www.hkharmonica.orgThe first Hong Kong International Chromatic Harmonica Competition, 2022: www.ICHC.hkharmonica.orgThe first Hong Kong International Composition Competition for Chromatic Harmonica 2021: https://iccch.hkharmonica.org/Details on the different chromatics Rocky plays:https://www.myharmonicastudio.com/rocky-lok-incredible-harmonica-collection/The 13th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2022:http://hxharmonica.com/en/index.aspUpcoming King’s Harmonica Quintet show:https://www.hk.artsfestival.org/en/programme/kings_harmonica_quintetVideos:King's Harmonica Quintet playlist:https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1NSxVDARfeZu9bfK9iviZlnBZGCMU2nMRocky playing solo:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEiWkVf_Fbs&list=PL1NSxVDARfeYAmUSmjwMlGpCVpdgW_ZxGRocky interview with Hohner from 2012:https://www.hohner.de/en/rocky-lokThe 13th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival 2022 concert:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wJyOhzjBa0&list=PL1NSxVDARfealNufMH0jw_sum_cYRbM2qPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASand Blows Me Away Productions: Support the show
59:59 2/10/23
Marko Jovanovic interview
Marko Jovanovic joins me on episode 78.Marko is a German player with Serbian roots, from where he developed an interest in playing Balkan music on the harmonica, returning to the region to team up with several acts to release some great music in that genre. He’s also an expert blues player, has played chamber music, Arabic music and much more on both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas.Marko also runs the successful Berlin Harmonica School, where as well as one-to-one group classes he has some great online video tutorials from players around the world. Offering lessons in a range of different styles, including Irish, Argentinian, and soon to come: more chromatic, flamenco and advanced diatonic harmonica. And he also runs the FEN harmonica festival now too.Links:Marko’s website:https://mjharmonica.com/Berlin Harmonica School:https://harmonica-school-berlin.com/FEN Festival:https://harmonica-fen-festival.com/Videos:Marko’s YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/@mjharmonica/featuredMarko playing On The Road Again with Bluesrudy:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ooqHFbmK9kPlaying with Lars Vegas & The Love Gloves:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvksaOsXgkYPlaying with George Sareski:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9lVZN76fjoPlaying at Harmonica Masters 2015 Trossingen:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtbW9HHAxbUPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASand Blows Me Away Productions: http://www.blowsmeaway.com/Support the show
59:59 1/27/23
Rob Paparozzi interview
Rob Paparozzi joins me on episode 77.Rob is based around the New York area where he started out playing in blues bands before quickly adding the chromatic to his harp arsenal. He took lessons with Robert Bonfiglio and then had Toots Thielemans giving him tips over the telephone. The versatility afforded to Rob by playing both diatonic and chromatic allowed him to enjoy a tremendous career on the session scene in New York, playing with many famous names including Dolly Parton, Randy Newman and Whitney Houston. He’s fronted the Original Blues Brothers Band for over twenty years, released a Paul Butterfield tribute album and his own Grammy nominated album.Links:Rob’s website:http://robpaparozzi.com/Blue Moon Harmonicas:https://bluemoonharmonicas.com/Videos:Rob’s YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/chromboyxTommy Morgan playing:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDv0nLlUxDs&list=RDEMkbeA-8Dfp9SMty0FJvHNpA&start_radio=1Rob performing with Dolly Parton:https://youtu.be/RILd7USxBMcRob performing with Randy Newman:https://youtu.be/4EmF3Xxlxg8Electric Butter: Walking By Myself:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdaabsUn-PQRob’s My Music Masterclass videos: https://www.mymusicmasterclass.com/premiumvideos/rob-paparozzi-harmonica-masterclass-videos-1-2-3-bundle/Podcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASand Blows Me Away Productions: http://www.blowsmeaway.com/Support the show
59:59 1/11/23
Will Pound interview
Will Pound joins me on episode 76.Will first started playing harmonica age 10 to help with his breathing after he underwent two major heart operations as a child. Since then he has rose to fame on the English folk scene, being nominated for folk musician of the year three times. He now plays harmonica and melodeon, diversifying his musical output to cover many different acoustic genres.Will has released a number of albums with a range of quality musicians, with his last album spanning the traditional music genres of the European continent.He has a number one Christmas single and a number one Christmas album on his resume, has played at Buckingham Palace and on an advertisement featuring Robert de Niro. Links:Will’s website:https://willpound.com/Bandcamp site:https://willpound.bandcamp.com/DPA headset microphones:https://www.dpamicrophones.com/headset-and-earset-microphonesJingle Bells:https://willpound.bandcamp.com/track/jingle-bellsVideos:Will’s YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/@WillPoundMusicWill Morris dancing:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ_4zkdxQto&list=PLcvB436mCA_iJQRGiZGq66InPQJsCYt3JWalsh and Pound at NHL concert in 2009: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTlpnYxxBJMAppearing on BBC Breakfast TV for Folk Award nomination:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9L6L1HgctgPlaying with Dame Evelyn Glennie:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9C44Qq38VkHe’s Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother - Hillsborough Charity single:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svOX9dy0hywPlaying at Buckingham Palace:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDISPLcpiGYFacebook video with Jenn Butterworth:https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1601228916702386Warburton’s advert with Robert Niro:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANHoobL__NEPodcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.comDonations:If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GBSpotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQPodcast sponsors:This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICASand Blows Me Away Productions: http://www.blowsmeaway.com/Support the show
60:00 12/20/22

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