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.



  • Looking for Teachers and Tuiton? - click here . To Join the NHL - click here
  • The Oct/Nov, 2016 issue of Harmonica World - see right - was mailed out to NHL members on 30 Sept 2016.
  • 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 Donald Black. Stop Press - The Friday evening programme, including the AGM and jams, will take place at The Hatchet Inn because the Folk House has its own concert that evening. See the main festival page for details.

    Don't forget that you can test your metal and improve your performance by taking part in the contest. 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.

  • The annual Blues in Bucks all-day event in High Wycombe on July 9 July, 2016 was a big success with Blues harmonica workshops, jam and an evening concert. Giles King, Richard Taylor, Hugh Budden and the Jukesters put on a great show at the Arts4Every1 centre, Old St John’s Church Buildings, Desborough Rd, HP11 2PU.
  • The annual Chromatic Weekend took place in Birmingham on 25/26 June, 2016. It was another big success. Details of the weekend program can be seen on the CW web page. Further Chromatic Weekends are provisionally scheduled for the weekends of June 24/25, 2017 and June 23/24, 2018 so get them in the diary!


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

Oct/Nov 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, Artists and Contest
  • George Current - Campbell‘s Farewell to Redcastle.
  • Liam Ward - Juke TAB Part 3
  • Eva Hurt - Autumn Migration
  • David Barrett - Intro to Blues Chromatic - Pt 19
  • Tony Eyers - Boutique Gear
  • Images of H2016 Artists and the Chromatic Weekend
  • Joe Filisko - Summer Tour 2016
  • Obituaries - Ena Reilly, Franz Chmel and Toots Thielemans
  • Tributes to Toots - Adam Glasser, Antonio Serrano, Howard Levy, Rob Paparozzi, William Galison, Steven De bruyn
  • Richard Sleigh - Circle of Fifths
  • Brendan Power - A World of Possibilities
  • Pat Missin/Norman Darwen - CD Reviews
  • The Magazine Music Page

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