Pat Missin interview
Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast
by Neil Warren
1w ago
Pat Missin joins me on episode 115. Pat’s knowledge about the harmonica is unsurpassed, with his website at patmissin.com, a definitive source of information for over twenty years. He gives us an insight into some of this knowledge, starting with how free reed instruments were the predecessor of the harmonica and the questionable history of who actually invented the harmonica as we know it today. We also discuss various harmonica recording firsts, such as the first blues harmonica song recorded, the first second and third position and chromatic recording. Pat was also one of the earlier leadin ..read more
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Andre Godoy Coelho (and Brendan Power) interview
Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast
by Neil Warren
1M ago
Andre Godoy Coelho (and Brendan Power) join me on episode 113. Andre is a Brazilian who relocated to Portugal in 2018, performing and recording two albums with the Rio Grande band in Sao Paulo, before recording a recent album in a duo in Portugal.  Andre quickly became interested in harmonica customisation when his first harmonica didn’t quite perform as he wanted. This has turned into a full time business for Andre, who has now teamed up with Brendan Power on his x-reed harmonica range. The partnership has just released the Morbendz, a diatonic with a slide which increases the number of ..read more
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Svang interview
Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast
by Neil Warren
1M ago
Harmonica group Svang join me on episode 112. Svang are a harmonica quartet from Finland, who have been performing and recording for over twenty years now. They first formed in 2003 when Jouko was teaching at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and suggested forming a harmonica group with two of his students. The group doesn’t play the typical harmonicas of a harmonica group, with a harmonetta used instead of a chord, and bluesy diatonics used as part of the sound alongside chromatic. Their repertoire includes folk music from Finland and the rest of the world, but is equally influenced by classic ..read more
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The Ten Minute Question: part 2
Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast
by Neil Warren
2M ago
Episode 111 is part 2 of the ten minute question, from the remaining podcast guests up until this point. As per the last episode, I’ll say the name of each guest before they respond to the question: “if you had 10 minutes to practise, what would you spend that ten minutes doing”. Podcast website:https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com Donations: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_GB Spotify Playlist: Also check out the Spotify ..read more
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The Ten Minute Question: part 1
Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast
by Neil Warren
2M ago
Something a little different for episode 110 (and also episode 111 so I can keep the length around the one hour mark). The next two episodes are a compilation of all the ten minute question answers from the series so far, in this, the 110th episode (get it?) Not every episode had a ten minute question, such as the retrospectives, but most did, 96 in fact. So I hope you enjoy listening back to this collection and apply some of the tips and tricks offered by the great players who have been on the podcast so far.  I’ll say the name of each person before they respond to the question: “if you ..read more
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Clint Hoover interview
Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast
by Neil Warren
2M ago
Clint Hoover joins me on episode 109. Clint is originally from Minneapolis and has spent a life immersed in music and the harmonica. He’s reached great heights on both the chromatic and the diatonic. Early on he also studied guitar and saxophone and attended a jazz course in New York City where he also took chromatic lessons from Robert Bonfiglio.  His eclectic mix of interests has led him to recording albums in genres from pre-war blues to modern jazz, to rock, pop and World Music. His first recorded album was with a mainstream band called The Fontanas back in 1989, with the album releas ..read more
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Roly Platt interview
Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast
by Neil Warren
3M ago
Roly Platt joins me on episode 108. Roly is a Canadian player who has recorded countless sessions over his 45 year career. He started out playing in a country band which set the scene for him playing a diverse range of genres throughout that time. Roly has recorded 1700 individual session cuts, with the numerous bands he has played in, and also various film, tv and commercial jingles. Roly ecorded his own album in 2017, Inside Out, where he showcased his versatility by including a range of different types of song. Roly produced and sells the great Harp Wah harmonica mute and later this year he ..read more
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Yotam Ben-Or interview
Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast
by Neil Warren
4M ago
Yotam Ben-Or joins me on episode 107. Yotam is a chromatic player who attended the Tel-Aviv Music Conservatory, making a name for himself on the Israeli music scene before winning a scholarship to study at The New School for Jazz in New York, age 21. Although predominately a jazz player, Yotam is keen to emphasise the diverse range of genres this encapsulates, including world music and South American influences on his music. Yotam has  previously released two albums under his own name, with a third coming out in 2025. Many of the songs on these albums are composed by Yotam as he helps to ..read more
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Eddie Martin interview
Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast
by Neil Warren
4M ago
Eddie Martin joins me on episode 106. Eddie has been described as the ambassador of British Blues, having released seventeen albums over his near fifty year career, with many of the songs self-penned by Eddie. He started out as a one-man band, but also performs as part of his own bands too. In either format Eddie makes extensive use of rack harmonica, and is one of the leading players of using a rack, while also playing some hand-held harmonica as well. Eddie gives us some great tips on playing on the rack.  Eddie also had a two year spell in the US where he regularly played on Beale St ..read more
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William Clarke retrospective, part 2, with Paul Barry
Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast
by Neil Warren
5M ago
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 h ..read more
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