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.



  • UK Harmonica Gig List - click here - find a gig near you!
  • Looking for Teachers and Tuiton? - click here .
  • To Join the NHL - click here
  • This 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.

  • Listen to NHL Chairman, Ben Hewlett, talk about the festival with Dr Phil Hammond on BBC Radio Bristol.

  • The main International Festival artists are:
    • Adam Gussow (USA)
    • Cristian Inostroza (Chile)
    • Shima Kobayashi (UK)
    • Tom Byrne (Eire)
    • Mathias Heise (Denmark)
  • 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 check out the diary page for dates and details.
  • Workshops
    • Blue Saturday in Bucks, took place on 20 May, 2017 with Blues harmonica workshops, jam session and evening concert. Azza has put together a great day with Richard Taylor, Paul Gillings, and Johnny Hewitt with The Blackjacks as the backing band. Arts4Every1 centre, Old St John's Church Buildings, Desborough Rd, HP11 2PU. 2017. Suitable for beginners to advanced players. The 2018 year's event is in planning and its date will be dispayed here when available.
    • The annual Chromatic Weekend took place in Birmingham on 24-25 June, 2017. Details of the 2018 weekend program will be seen on the CW web page as they become available. The 2018 Chromatic Weekend is scheduled for the weekend of June 23/24, 2018 so put it in your diary!
  • The October/November, 2017, issue of Harmonica World - see right - was mailed out to NHL members on 31st Sepptember 2017.
  • 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 Harmonicello can be seen on our YouTube Channel.


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

October/November 2017

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

Link to older magazines

Link to music files mentioned in magazine articles.


  • Bristol Festival - H2017 - Information
  • H2017 Artists Biographies
  • H2017 Artists Biographies
  • John Cooke - Mouthpiece Mod for 12 hole Hohner Chromonica
  • Matt Henderson - 3am Pizza.
  • Rob Paparozzi - Breakfast at Tiffany's, NYPO.
  • J M Norton - Q&A with Michael Rubin - Pt2.
  • George Current - Death of Jimmy Morgan, WW1.
  • Richard Sleigh - Assess a Custom Diatonic Harmonica Pt1.
  • Tony Eyers -Back from SPAH.
  • The Magazine Music Page.

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