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!
  • UK Harmonica Jams, Meet-ups - click here - find one near you!
  • Teachers and Tuiton? - click here .
  • To Join the NHL - click here
  • 2018 UK Events and Workshops
    • 3 February 2018 - Harpin’ by the Sea, The Brunswick, Brighton, BN3 1JF, UK - Rory McLeod, Brothers of Mothershovel, Victor Puertas, and workshops from Lee Sankey, Paul Gillings and Richard Taylor and John Cook
    • 11 February 2018 - Will Pound in the Shakespear pub, Sheffield, S3 8UB. Workshops, Jam and evening concert, Phone Simon - 07779 259975,
    • 19 May 2018 - Blues in Bucks, High Wycombe, Contact Azza:
    • 23/24th June 2018 - Chromatic Weekend, Hillscourt, Rednal, Birmingham, UK
    • 26-28 October 2018 - NHL H2018 International Festival, Folk House, Bristol, UK.
  • 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)
  • H2018 is on Oct 26-28, 2018. Put the date in your diary now.
  • World harmonica festivals planned for 2018 - check out 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 2018

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

Link to older magazines

Link to music files mentioned in magazine articles.

The Dec/Jan, 2018, issue of Harmonica World was mailed out to NHL members on 28 Jan 2018.


  • Brighton and Sheffield Events
  • George Current - Mrs MacLeod
  • Broadstairs, Blues in Bucks, Pete Harman, Steve Baker
  • John Cook - Embossing 101
  • Mikael Backman - One Lick, Two Harps
  • Brendan Power - Diatonic Technique and MIDI harmonica
  • JM Norton - Ilya Portnov
  • Reviews - Steve Baker, The Blues Band, Ilya Portnov, Sirius, Veloz.
  • Tony Eyers - The Chromatic Harmonica Baroque Book
  • The Magazine Music Page.

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