Other Musicians



Roy Hugman

Roy HugmanRoy lives in Blyth, on the Northumbrian coast and has played the ‘moothy’, his first a Hohner Echo in G, since his dad taught him as a young lad.Roy is well known around Northumberland and Tyneside for his tremolo and single reed playing and also as a bit of a ‘tune-smith’ with eight hundred or so compositions. He loves being able to play his own tunes for people, as well as the traditional ones, on Yamaha and Tombo tremolos and Lee Oskar single reed major diatonic. People say his music conveys a strong sense of place, which is a great compliment.

Musicians here and in several other countries have copies of Roy’s Sounds Northumbrian tune books. Two, for example, went to the Southern Celtic Fiddle Orchestra in New Zealand and to a Northumbrian piper in Australia.

Roy also quite enjoys teaching. It’s challenging, but there aren’t many ‘moothy’ players in Northumberland so adding to the stock is very rewarding for him. Recently he worked with a mixed group of new and partially skilled players, some with and without the ability to read music.

For his own enjoyment he gets to local sessions and also out and about with his band ‘Simply Northumbrian’, playing for ceilidhs, barn dances and the like.

He likes hearing other players, both past and present, though he tries to follow his own instincts, which are for a clear, accurate melody with a bit of ‘lift’ and expression. Sometimes ‘less can be best’, especially for tremolo playing!

At the time of writing Roy has only one album, recorded with his band as well as few clips on YouTube but he is hoping to can change that soon.

Jimmy Little - How Does it Gan?

Jimmy LittleJimmy's recently released CD, How Does it Gan? can be purchased from Hooky Mat Records and on it Jimmy plays mouth-organ with friends on other instruments.  Jimmy was a Northumbrian pipes player early in life, but arthritis forced him to choose an instrument less taxing on the fingers so this is the harmonica's gain.

Ernie Gordon

Ernie Gordon the Northumbrian Tremolo player whose excellent CD is "The Geordie Jock" and whose national campaign to save the red squirrel has culminated in his writing a children's book "The Adventures Of Rusty Redcoat"

Ernie uses his "Geordie Amplier" and tremolo to play a Trilogy of Bird songs dedicated to Bill Oddie.  He learned to play the traditional music of the North East of England on the tremolo in 1943 and later in life had his friend, the late Will Atkinson, from Alnwick, Northumberland as a mentor. He gives workshops and performs at NHL Festivals.


Bruno Kowalczyk

Bruno KowalczykBruno plays traditional French Canadian Music from Quebec, mainly on Tremolo; although he plays Irish Traditional Music on customised Chromatic with the slide reversed, Eddie Clarke style.  Bruno has also recently published a bilingual French/English book and accompanying CD, Playing Quebecois Music on the Harmonica, co-written with Raymond Lambert, which covers the history of the harmonica and Quebecois music and how to play it.  The book also covers harmonica repairs and modifications as well as an explanation of the harmonicas used, for a more complete listing of the contents click here.

Other English

Will Pound

Will PoundWill Pound pictured, left, is (according to Brendan Power) one of the most accomplished chromatic and diatonic harmonica players around.  Will is from the midlands and is currently a student on the ground breaking Newcastle University Folk and Traditional Music degree course.   Will is often accompanied by Eddy Jay (on accordion) since they met on the festival circuit and they have collaborated to produce several new recordings - see the YouTube page of this site.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Eddie Upton

Eddie Upton is a Director of Folk South West, in England, UK. In this rare solo performance he plays some traditional English folk melodies on the tremolo harmonica during the NHL H2008 festival concert.

Steve Harrison who plays in Dearman, Gammon & Harrison

The late Jim Small of Cheddar (not too far from my home village) played (probably) diatonic when he accompanied country dance.   I had a CD, which I have mislaid but fortunately backed up to MP3 of 33 of his tracks.

Terry Potter

Katie Howson (Suffolk, another Melodeon player primarily)

Martin Brinsford (Gloucestershire, primarily a percussionist)

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