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.



  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 23-24 June 2018 - Chromatic Weekend, Hillscourt, Rednal, Birmingham, UK
    • 26-28 October 2018 - NHL H2018 International Festival, Folk House, Bristol, UK. Performers booked so far include Eddie Martin (UK), Rob Paparozzi (USA), Susan Sauter and Martin Brinsford
  • World harmonica festivals planned for 2018 - check out the diary page for dates and details.
  • The H2017 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, 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


June July 2018

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

Link to older magazines

Link to music files mentioned in magazine articles.

The June July 2018, issue of Harmonica World was mailed out to NHL members on 4 June 2018.


  • Chromatic Weekend - 23-24 June 2018
  • George Current - Laird o’ Drumblair
  • Ronald Chesney - 1920 to 2018 - In his own words.
  • John Cook - Raiders of the Lost Harp - Part 1 of 3
  • Brendan Power - Sliding Reedplates Around
  • Richard Sleigh - Pentatonic Short Scales
  • JM Norton - Sandy Weltman - Power of Patterns Part 2
  • Tony Eyers - Famous Harmonica Players
  • Reviews - Will Pound, Soramonica, Michelino Carta, Sardaemilia, Giles Robson, Laurent Maur, David Naiditch, Carlos del Junco, James Cotton
  • The Magazine Music Page.

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