National Harmonica League

HarmonicaUK The National Harmonica League

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



  • The June/July, 2016 issue of Harmonica World - see right - was mailed out to NHL members on 27 May 2016.
  • Blues Harp Wirral - A monthly acoustic blues harp session in The Wallaseyans Club, 142 Grove Rd, Wallasey, Merseyside CH45 OJF. All abilities are welcome. The next event is Sunday May 22nd and the following one is Sunday June 26th (19.30-22.00). For new players, harmonicas will be available at a very reasonable £10. Full details at
  • Sunday 22nd May - Liam Ward is running a harmonica workshop at the Swansea YMCA, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA1 5JQ. Sunday 22nd May, 12:30 to 4pm, covering tongue blocking, and country blues/train rhythms. Cost £5. Limited Places. Book your place now: Phone - 07947363441, Email - ,
  • The annual Chromatic Weekend takes place in Birmingham on 25/26 June, 2016. Details on the event, accommodation and booking can be found on the CW web page.
    Click here for the introductory video.
  • The annual Blues in Bucks all-day event takes place in High Wycombe on July 9 July, 2016 - Blues harmonica workshops. Arts4Every1 centre, Old St John’s Church Buildings, Desborough Rd, HP11 2PU. Giles King, Richard Taylor, Hugh Budden and the Jukesters. See the event web page for details and contacts.
  • The H2016 International Festival will take place in the Folk House, Bristol on Oct 28-30, 2016. The main artists are Philip Achille, Giles Hedley, Brendan Power/Tim Edey, Guitarmoncello and Ernie Gordon/Anita James.


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, 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

April/May 2016

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

Link to older magazines

Link to music files mentioned in magazine articles.


  • NHL Festival 2016
  • Eva Hurt - We are going Hunting
  • George Current - Battle of the Somme
  • Liam Ward - Should you be Tongue Blocking
  • Tony Craven - Backing Tracks
  • David Barrett - Intro to Blues Chromatic - Pt 17
  • Kenny Gilmore - Life River - The Journey of a Song
  • Tony Eyers - Harmonica Trios
  • Blues Saturday in Bucks/Chromatic Weekend
  • Ross Garren - Interview with Jimmie Fadden Pt1
  • Richard Sleigh - 3 pentatonic paths on the diatonic
  • Brendan Power - X-REED Addict
  • The Magazine Music Page

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