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National Harmonica League

The NHL is Britain's national harmonica association, with members world wide, and a registered charity, supporting, helping and encouraging the playing of all types of music on the chromatic, diatonic, tremolo, octave, bass, chord and orchestral harmonicas. Paul Jones is our President.


News/Useful Links

  • NHL H2018 International Harmonica Festival 26-28 October 2018 - Folk House, Bristol, UK.
    It was a great success with Eddie Martin (UK), Rob Paparozzi (USA), Shima Kobayashi (UK), Ed Hopwood (UK), Mirek Salmon (UK) and Martin Brinsford (UK).
    With the International Saturday Evening Concert, around 30 workshops for all styles of harmonica, shops, harmonica maintenance, jams and free play sessions, it was another unforgetable weekend. Full details here
  • UK Harmonica Gig List - click here - find a gig near you!
  • UK Harmonica Jams, Meet-ups - click here - find one near you!
  • Teachers and Tuiton? - click here .
  • Over 200 videos by top players from our festivals
  • To join the NHL - click here
  • 2018 UK Events and Workshops
    • This has been a great year so far with successful events in Brighton, Sheffield, Broadstairs and High Wycombe.
    • Here are details of the last Chromatic Weekend, 23-24 June 2018 - Hillscourt, Rednal, Birmingham, UK
  • World harmonica festivals planned for 2018 - check out the diary page for dates and details.
  • Ronald Chesney, one of the finest chromatic players in the UK, died on April 12, 2018, at the age of 98. In 1947 he was the first to play a solo concert in the Albert Hall in London, but was probably best known for recording of Flight of the Bumble Bee and his regular appearances in the long running BBC radio comedy show, Educating Archie. Click to read more.
  • The NHL International Harmonica Festival, H2017, was held over the weekend 27-29 Oct, 2017 at the Folk House in Bristol. You can see videos by all the artists on this YouTube PlayList. The main International Festival artists were: Adam Gussow (USA), Cristian Inostroza (Chile), Shima Kobayashi (UK), Tom Byrne (Eire), Mathias Heise (Denmark), Rohan Singhal (India)


The NHL is a Registered Charity (England & Wales) (1131484). It aims to improve playing standards and lift awareness of the harmonica.

To enquire about harmonica teachers near you or ways to get some help, email edu@harmonica.co.uk, stating location, experience and style of harmonica/music.

NHL events include concerts, playing opportunities and workshops, covering all aspects of the harmonica.

Our magazine, Harmonica World, contains articles on all types of harmonicas covering tuition, recordings, artists and history.

To find out more and how to join the NHL, click here.

Harmonica World


Dec - Jan 2019

6 magazines per year.
Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, Dec.

Link to older magazines

Link to music files mentioned in magazine articles.

The Dec/Jan 2019, issue of Harmonica World was mailed out to NHL members on 4 Dec 2018.


  • Chairman’s report, AGM, and Contest results
  • George Current - A Wee Drop of Scotch: Silverton Polka
  • Brendan Power - Modular - Reed Harmonicas
  • John Cook - British Mouthorgans
  • Images from the H2018
  • Justin Norton - Playing Fast: What I’ve Learned
  • Richard Sleigh - The Major Scale for Blues Improvisation
  • Zoltan Zavody - Aches, Pains, and Blues - A Pain in the Neck
  • Matt Henderson - Went Down to the Crossroads
  • WW1: They Shall Not Grow Old
  • Tony Eyers - Mentors
  • Reviews - Liam Ward, Eva Hurt, Corky Siegel and Chamber Blues
  • Harpin’ By The Sea 2019
  • The Magazine Music Page

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