National Harmonica League

HarmonicaUK The National Harmonica League

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



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  • The annual Cyril Davies Tribute Night will be held at the Eel Pie Club in Twickenham at 8:30pm on 9th March. Lots of guests plus the house band led by John O'Leary and Alan Glen.
  • Up coming diatonic workshops
    • Sunday 29th January 2017 - Will Pound and Liam Ward - Harmonica Masterclass and concert - The MAC in Birmingham.
    • Saturday 4th February 2017 - Richard Taylor - Harpin' by the Sea - HBTS7 - The Brunswick Pub in Brighton (Hove actually!). Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Blues Harmonica featuring the performance and tutoring magnificence of Jerome Godboo, from Canada, Aidan Sheehan and Martin Blake of Whiskey River and Lee Sankey.
    • Saturday, 11 March 2017 - Mike Fairbairn - East Midlands Harmonica Workshop - The Navigation Inn, Nottingham. Blues harmonica workshops by Mike Fairbairn and Geoff Weeks.
  • The annual Chromatic Weekend will take place in Birmingham on 24-25 June, 2017. Details of the weekend program will be seen on the CW web page as they become available. A Chromatic Weekend is provisionally scheduled for the weekends June 23/24, 2018 so put it in your diary!
  • The Dec/Jan, 2017,issue of Harmonica World - see right - was mailed out to NHL members on 6 Dec 2016.
  • The H2016 International Festival in the Folk House, Bristol on Oct 28-30, 2016 was another great success. The main artists, Philip Achille, Giles Hedley, Brendan Power/Tim Edey, Guitarmoncello and Donald Black gave some great workshops and put on a fantastic concert.
  • H2016 Concert videos by Giles Hedley, Brendan Power, Philip Achille, Donald Black, Jens Bunge and Harmmonicello can be seen on our YouTube Channel.

    Next year‘s International Harmonica Festival, H2017, will be held over the weekend 27-29 Oct, 2017 at the Folk House in Bristol. Put the date in your diary now.

  • Don't forget that you can test your metal and improve your performance by taking part in the annual contest at the festival. Check the details on the festival web page, choose a piece of music and get some practicing in before the festival. Let us know if you want to take part, but if necessary you can enter on the day if you register before 10am on Sat 29 Oct.

  • To see other events planned for 2017. See the diary page for dates and details.


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

Feb/Mar 2017

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

Link to older magazines

Link to music files mentioned in magazine articles.


  • New Years Resolutions 2017.
  • George Current - Celtic Music - Geordie Laddie.
  • Jim Hughes - Help and Assistance.
  • Tony Eyers - Major Cross - A New Type of Harmonica Model.
  • David Barrett - Introduction to Blues Chromatic, Part 20.
  • Ross Garren - Interview with PT Gazell - Part 1.
  • Richard Sleigh - How to Truly Listen.
  • Brendan Power - The DM48 MIDI Harmonica.
  • Pat Missin/Norman Darwen/Peter Golding - CD Reviews.
  • The Magazine Music Page.

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