Dark Island

Dark Island - by Mike Currie

Mike plays my favourite tune at the Atlantic Canada Harmonica Festival.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Dark Island - by Bill Torrance

Bill plays a highly embellished version of the Dark Island accompanied by Piano Accordion and Drums.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Dark Island - by Melvyn Roberts

Melvyn plays Dark Island in Donald Black style (from Keil Road). For full size YouTube version click here.

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Noel Battle

Noel Battle

Noel, from Mullingar, playing a tremolo with Joe meehan on guitar is the 12 times all Ireland harmonica player.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Noel Battle

Noel Battle plays Leitrim jigs and St Annes reels with Orla and Sarah Ward from Co Leitrim, the tunes are hundreds of years old. For full size YouTube version click here.

Noel Battle

Noel plays in a Mullingar harmonica convention. For full size YouTube version click here.

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Austin Berry

Austin Berry Part 1

Here we have Eighty years young Austin Berry, from Athlone Co Westmeath, Ireland, playing a selection of jigs.  Austin is an Irish Harmonica Champion.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Austin Berry Part 2

Here we have Eighty years young Austin Berry, from Athlone Co Westmeath, Ireland, playing a selection of jigs.  Austin is an Irish Harmonica Champion.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Austin Berry Part 3

Here we have Eighty years young Austin Berry, from Athlone Co Westmeath, Ireland, playing a waltz of his own composition.  Austin is an Irish Harmonica Champion.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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Christelle Berthon

Christelle Berthon

French harmonica player Christelle Berthon plays a Glasgow theme on diatonic from the Love Actually movie soundtrack.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Christelle Berthon

French harmonica player Christelle Berthon plays The Sailor and The Maid on diatonic.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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Donald Black

Donald Black

Donald Black, accompanied by Donnie MacKenzie, played some airs on a diatonic harmonica during his set of Scottish music at the National Harmonica League (NHL) H2007 concert and this one is called Don Chuthaig (The Cuckoo).  It is on his new CD Keil Road.  He usually plays tremolo moothie.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Donald Black

Donald Black, accompanied by Donnie MacKenzie, plays a set of jigs titled "Harper on the Harp" (Harp being an informal name for harmonica) on tremolo harmonica, but uses a 10 hole diatonic for one of the tunes, at the National Harmonica League (NHL) H2007 concert.  The jigs are "The Garden of Skye", "Dorothy Leur's Jig", "The Night at Glenzier" and "Walking on the Moon" and are all written by the late Scottish musician/dance-band leader Addie Harper from Wick.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Donald Black at Musikmesse 2007

Donald accompanied by Donnie MacKenzie.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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James Conway

James Conway plays Tremolo Set

James Conway plays a Tremolo set of Cooley's/Sean Sa Ceoe on a Seydel 12-hole Fanfare Tremolo in the key of D with "Solo Tuning", the same as for Chromatic harmonicas.  For full size YouTube version click here.

James Conway

James plays Irish Reels.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Bagpipe Harmonica from James Conway

James emulates bagpipe music on harmonica and accompanies himself on Bodhran.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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Ernie Gordon and Eddie Upton

Ernie Gordon

Ernie had been working on this "tour de force" for months before the 2003 festival and he played it for Ben Hewlett in the cafeteria of the Folk House in Bristol during the National Harmonica League Festival in H2003.  It might be the first time that Carnival in Venice has been performed on a tremolo harmonica in this arrangement, which is popular with brass players.  Ernie had learned the variations from trumpet player Harry James and he incorporated the triple tonguing techniques Harry had used.  Ernie is one of the leading tremolo players from Northumberland in England and he has a CD "The Geordie Jock".  He was a friend of the famous tremolo player, Will Atkinson.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Ernie Gordon

Ernie at the NHL 2004 Festival plays a set of "Bird" tunes including the Lark in the Clear Air.  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.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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Roy Hugman

Roy Hugman

Roy wrote these tunes inspired by Whytrig, which is the name of the Anglo-saxon settlement which pre-dated Seaton Delaval in Northumberland, where he once lived and where the Blagdon Burn flows nearby. Both are in A dorian key and played on a single reed Lee Oskar 10 hole straight harp major diatonic harmonica in the key of G major. Old Whytrig is a slow air and Blagdonburn a 'treble-hornpipe', which is in three parts and played in the sequence a,b,c,b,a. It has a driving 3/2 time signature, very typical of some older Northumbrian and borders tunes.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Roy Hugman

Tarset and Yarrow are Roy's own compositions played on the Yamaha S23B Tremolo Harmonica. He's only used one line of reeds for Tarset in order to get a gentle, haunting feel and then the full two line and tremolo effect for Yarrow. These tunes are also in the A dorian key, which Roy plays from a G major 'moothy'.  Following borders history, the first tune depicts a quiet, peaceful encampment on the Tarset Burn in the wilds near Kielder.  Yarrow, depicts the chaos and carnage as the camp is hit in a raid by Border Rievers.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Roy Hugman

These are two well known Northumbrian tunes. The Glen Aln Hornpipe was composed by Will Atkinson and the schottische, Farewell to the Dene by Willy Taylor. Will was a virtuoso 'moothy' player with his own recognisable style and Roy's aim is not to emulate, but to interpret the tunes in his own way. Will used to tell Roy that phrasing and 'lift' were vital and he hopes he has been able to grasp those two features in his playing.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Roy Hugman

Roy Hugman

Roy wrote this slow air, thinking about the late, great Will Atkinson who was a true virtuoso 'moothy' player. He was fortunate to know Will in his latter days, visiting Will occasionally for moothy master-classes, tea and hods of Selkirk Bannock thickly coated in butter! Roy never heard Will play the single reed harmonica but thinks he would have been pleased with his composition to Will's memory and hopefully with his playing. Will would probably have said "Aye noo Roy, that's a canny un" Tyneside and The Keep are another two of Will's tunes. This time Roy played them on his Yamaha Tremolo Harmonica. He hopes they convey a bit of old Tyneside character and and also that of 'the toon', which of course is Newcastle.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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Bryce Johnstone and George Current

Bryce Johnstone

Bryce had planned to come down from Scotland with Ian Grant but Ian died a few weeks before the festival, Bryce invited Ernie Gordon and Brendan Power to play a tribute to Ian at the National Harmonica League festival at the Bristol Folk House.  For full size YouTube version click here.

George Current

George Current is a part of the long tradition of moothie players in Scotland. He taught at the ALP Scots Music Group Moothie Class, and is a part of the Scots Moothie Group which plays every two weeks at Sandy Bell's pub in Edinburgh. He plays two waltzes, Kate Martin and Maggie West, and then the music from Para Handy and a piece by Jimmy Blue, Balintore Fisherman.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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Mick Kinsella

Mick Kinsella

Mick Kinsella performed this instrumental version of Rory McLeod's "Take me Home" as part of his contribution to the H2010 concert in the Folk House in Bristol.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Mick Kinsella

Mick and Rick Epping in Tutty's bar Hollywood.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Mick Kinsella and Josephine Marsh

Mick Kinsella and Josephine Marsh play great music.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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Paul Lassey

Paul Lassey

French Harmonicist, Paul plays Ballydesmond Polkas on chromatic harp.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Paul Lassey

French Harmonicist, Paul plays The Blarney Pilgrim on Suxuki SCX56 chromatic harp.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Paul Lassey

French Harmonicist, Paul plays Coleraine's Jig | Irish Washerwoman | Banshee on chromatic harp.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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Paul Lassey

French Harmonicist, Paul plays Caledonia Laddie on chromatic harp.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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Will Pound

Will Pound

Harp player, Will Pound and banjo player Dan Walsh played a great set at the National Harmonica League festival, October 2009, in the Folk House at Bristol, UK.  This duo play a wide range of material in their own way - bluegrass to English Folk Dance tunes.  This solo by Will is based on French Canadian and Cape Breton music.  A great live band with a unique style!  For full size YouTube version click here.

Will Pound on Harmonica and Eddy Jay on Accordion

Will plays the Red Haired Boy.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Will Pound on Harmonica and Eddy Jay on Accordion

Will Plays a Scottish Reelset, The Road to Errogone | Trip to Avindsol.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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Brendan Power

Brendan Power

Brendan plays a varied Irish medley set of The Drunken Landlady (Em), The Wind that Shakes the Barley (D) and John Stenson's #2 (A) at the National Harmonica League, H2009 festival.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Brendan Power

Brendan on harmonica, Tim Edey on guitar, Laura Targett on fiddle and Greg Sheehan, percussion playing fast and furious at a concert in Canterbury Steiner school, UK in 2008.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Brendan Power

Richard Sleigh recorded this session at SPAH 2009.  The songs in order of appearance are: Si Bheag Si Mhor, Connaughtman's Rambles, My Darlin Asleep, The Kesh Jig.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Brendan Power

Brendan playing The Drunken Landlady | The Wind That Shakes the Barley | John Stenson's No 2 on a, retuned for Irish music, prototype of a new Suzuki Fabulous chromatic harmonica.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Brendan Power

Brendan playing Three Irish tunes accompanied by Lucy Randall.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Brendan Power

Brendan playing Irish Medley Harp Solo with Eddy Jay, the tunes are John Conroys Jig and Go to the Devil and Shake Yourself.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Brendan Power

Brendan Playing The Coolin.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Brendan Power

Brendan Playing The Mountain Road | The Corkscrew accompanied by Lucy Randall.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Brendan Power

Brendan, playing Lorraine's Dream accompanied by Tom Gullionon on flute and Vijay Tellis-Nayak on keyboard from his CD Lament for the 21st Century, which is available from both Brendan and CANDyRAT Records.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Brendan Power

Brendan and Andrew White preview their tune Greenstone Waters from their CD.  For full size YouTube version click here.

Mick Kinsella and Brendan Power

Mick Kinsella was joined by his friend Brendan Power for a medley of Irish music at the end of his set in the H2010, National Harmonica League, concert in the Folk House, Bristol, UK.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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Unknown

Unknown Artist

Unknown artist plays the Star of County Down on 10-hole diatonic with great feeling.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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Mat Walklate

Mat Walklate

Mat plays a two reel set, the Connachtman's Rambles and Tatter Jack Walsh, on diatonic.  For full size YouTube version click here.

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