The history of the harmonica is told by the performers and the music they recorded. Most of the major music collectors have died but this website shares some of the recordings from their collections – shellac, vinyl, cassette and reel to reel tapes, CDs, film and video tapes. It includes all music styles and harmonica types.
The First Harmonica Jazz Player – by Art M. Daane The Beginning. Max Geldray was born Max van Gelder in Amsterdam in 1916. It was not until 1932 that he first saw a chromatic harmonica; the shop owner offered it to him when he was taking refuge from a torrential rainstorm in his shop.By 1934 […]
This concert was recorded by someone and a CD-R of the concert was found in the archive I got from John Bryan. This was the second annual convention of the independent National Harmonica League run at that time by John Walton. He had taken it over from Hohner in 1981 and it was run by […]
I originally published this article in Harmonica World in June 2006. I think it is worth including it here. Dror wrote: I have been a member of the Adler Trio since we formed it in 1963. Here is a little bit of history and the background that led to the recording of my new CD, […]
Captain James Reilly, RMSM, was responsible for setting up the musical side of the Hohner HSB from 1935-55.- tuition books, music publishing, concerrts and the examination structure.
Lonnie Donegan plays a 1956 skiffle track, ‘Roving Ramble’, with added blues harp from 2020
by Gianandrea Pasquinelli – with contributions from Roger Trobridge, Steve Jennings, Pat Missin, Dror Adler, Al Smith and Brendan Power. This blog post gives links to information and media about the artists who are discussed in the book written by Gianandrea. This page is still being worked on! Borrah MinevitchBiography – Borrah Minevitch and the […]
Biography of Borrah Minevitch and his Harmonica Rascals with Johnny Puleo,
Biography of Larry Adler,his books, videos and recordings
The London showing of the Paul Butterfield documentary Horn from the Heart. 25 March 2020, at the Regent Street Theatre,
John Bryan was the biggest collector and sharer of harmonica recordings, video, and information about harmonica players and groups.