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London and South East

  • London Harps - (or London Harmonicas if you prefer) is a group of harmonica players who meet up in London. We donít just play blues! A place to meet teachers and players of all levels. Come and join in.

    Please check the web site as the venue might change.
    The Blue Posts, 28 Rupert St, London, W1D 6DJ
    Meetings will be every other Wednesday - Beginners from 7.15-8pm, Players & Improvers: 8-10pm - bring "C" diatonic harmonica
    For Your Convenience Checkout More Info On - http://www.facebook.com/londonharps
    To join their mailing list send an email to londonharps@hotmail.co.uk with subscribe as the subject.

  • Diatonic harmonica classes at Campden Working Mens College, on Monday evenings. The course led by by Hugh Barnett - hughgbarnett@hotmail.com, who also does private lessons.
    Campden Working Mens College, 44 Crowndale Road, London NW1 ITR, near the Mornington Crescent tube station.
    http://www.wmcollege.ac.uk/
    Performing Arts Courses #84, page 9,harmonica
    Harmonica (Blues 1/2/3) - £64 per 10 week term,
    Course Content: This is an ideal course for anyone who has ever wanted to learn to play the harmonica. Students will learn basic tablatue, rhythm techniques, improvising to 12-bar blues and musical expression. It could just be the best Harmonica course around.

  • Diatonic Harmonica classes at Morley College, Waterloo Harmonica Level 1, Wednesday 8pm to 9.30pm. This a year long course.

    Autumn Term is suitable for beginners

    Beginner's harmonica course, Morley college, Waterloo, London. Course: Harmonica 1A

    12 Sept 2012 - 5 Sept 2012, 8-9:30pm, 12 sessions, £105, concs £74.

    More details here - http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/music/1648-harmonica_1a/93

    You will need diatonic harmonicas in C and A (or you can buy them from the teacher).

    To enrol, phone Morley College on 020 7450 1889. The course is in the Music brochure, under Traditional and World Music.

    For advice on this course, which runs throughout the three college terms, contact the tutor Joff Watkins, the college, enquiries@morleycollege.ac.uk Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk

  • Richard Taylor runs regular diatonic workshops for beginners and intermediates at the Sussex Academy of Music and Brighton's Music Box music store. Cost and workshop content varies, but you can check out all the details at his harmonica website Harp Surgery. Contact Richard on email for more information.

  • Sunday afternoon, 12.00 till 16:00pm
    The White Lyon, Perry Hill, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey - 07968 542917

  • Sunday evening, 8pm - first Sunday in the month
    The Latest Music Bar in Brighton. The jam is hosted by Nigel Bateman and his band Bark Like A Dog.Free entry. Harmonica players welcome!!!

  • Monday evening, 8:00 till late
    "Ain't Nothin' But ...", 20 Kingly St, Soho, W1, 0171 287 0514. Blues Jam organised by Ian Seigel.

  • Monday evening, 7:00 to 9:00pm
    Harmonica classes/lessons/tuition at The Camden Working Men's College, 44 Crowndale Road, London NW1 ITR, near the Mornington Crescent tube station.

  • Wednesday night
    The Red Lion, 92-94 Linkfield Road, TW7 6QJ, London - Jam and open mic night Every Wednesday at 8:30pm. Singer, Musician (Guitar, Bass , Harmonica , Percussion,etc..) are welcome. You can perform solo or with our pro-band. Backline and P.A are provided. Free admission.

  • Thursday evening
    The Lion Brewery, 104 Guildford Road, Ash, Aldershot, Hampshire GU12 6BT - 01252 650486

  • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month
    The Three Lions, 55 Meadrow, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 3HR - 01483 417880

  • Thursday evening
    The Swan Inn, The Street, Hatfield Peverel, CM3 2DW, Colchester, Essex - 01245 380238

  • Thursday evening
    Blues Etc - The White Lyon, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey - from Feb 27th, 2003

  • Thursday evening
    The Golden Lion, Market Square, Romford, Essex, RM1 1HR. Blues Jam, 8.30-11.30pm.

  • Up to date jam listings in London from Brad's great site, Blues-uk. Lots of them - frequently updated - join the mailing list.

  • Jams mainly in the South East.


South Coast
Midlands and East Anglia

  • Tuesday evening, 8:30
    The Lichfield Blues Hounds - Every Tuesday at: Paradise Lounge, Sandford Street, Staffordshire, WS13 6QA. in Lichfield town centre next door to the Guildhall - 01543 414473. All styles - blues, jazz, rock - catered for.

  • Second Wednesday of every month, 8:00
    The Sutton Blues Collective - Good Hope Hospital Social Club, Bedford Rd., Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands - meets on the second Wednesday of every month. It's a club for devotees of acoustic blues, mainly guitar, but harmonica players are more than welcome to sit in and jam along with them. A friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Contact Mick Pierce, 0121-378-3589; Paul Cowley, 0121-373-0980; or Andy Bole, 0121-321-1670 for details.

  • Every Thursday
    Crossroads Blues Club, 8:45pm at the Tower of Song, 107 Pershore Road South, Cotteridge, Birmingham, B30 3JX. See their MySpace site.

  • Every other Thursday
    Nags Hill, Queens Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5LD, 02476325581. Alternates with a Rock night.

  • Sunday evening
    The Haymakers, 54 High Street, Chesterton, Cambridge, CB4 1NG, (01223) 367417.

  • Monday & Wednesday
    The Running Horse - The Running Horse in Nottingham have been running Jam Sessions for over 23 years.

North East

  • First Tuesday in the month
    Newcastle - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7AD, 0191 2984000.

  • First Tuesday in the month
    South Gosforth, Newcastle - Brandling Villa. Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE3 1QL, 0191 284 0490. info@brandlingvilla.co.uk. The night is called Henry's Swing Club and it used to run at the Ship in Ouseburn - a blues jam evening.

  • Third Tuesday in the month
    Heaton, Newcastle - The Bloozeburn Sessions Hyem bar and Venue, Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle, 0191 275 9150 or hyem@live.co.uk. - a blues jam evening.

North West South West

  • Bristol - Tues/Sun - The Old Duke - King St., Bristol 01179 277137. Eddie Martin runs a session for acoustic instruments on Tuesday, and on Sunday nights plays with his electric band, and an invited guest.

  • Bristol Folk House runs harmonica and blues workshops run by Ben Hewlett and Eddie Martin.

Yorkshire

  • Leeds - Tues/Wed - The Grove Inn, Back Row, Leeds, W.Yorks, , LS11 5PL, 0113 243 9254 . Tuesday, Jam session; Wednesday, Unplugged Night (this is a night where musicians of all styles and ability perform); The first Monday of every month, the Stormy Monday Blues Night (where anybody can get up and play anything blues related)

  • Halifax - Every Sunday night - Full Session - Every Wednesday Night - Acoustic/Singer/Songwriter night - Bradshaw Tavern, 16, Bradshaw Lane, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2 9XB - Starts 8pm - Free beer to all participants - Full Backline (Kit, amps, keyboards)& PA provided - Digital Recording facilities - Host : Paddy Maguire - Call : 01422 244597 - tell them Marcus sent you.

Wales

  • Aidan Sheehan provides harmonica lessons at his Cardiff Harmonica Club, in the downstairs lounge at Whitchurch Rugby, Sports & Social Club, Samuels Crescent, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 2TH. Club night, each Wednesday, 7.30 pm, £5.00. All styles of music for diatonic harps. Everyone is welcome to come along and learn in a friendly environment. It is a lovely club with friendly staff and a dedicated space just for our learners from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. We have about 14 keen regulars attending weekly so there is still room for a few more. Cardiff Harmonica Club Facebook Group.

  • Aidan is also the M.C. at the Cardiff's Second Tuesday Folk Club at Whitchurch Rugby, Sports & Social Club, Samuels Crescent, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 2TH. Folk Club night is every second Tuesday of the month, 8.00 pm -11.00 pm, £2.00. You will find all styles of Folk, Roots and Blues music and dance therein. Harmonicas feature each time there is a club night. Any "Harp-fiends" out there should bring their gob-iron along and give us a tune. packed each and every club night (around 70 - 80 people) so if you do want to perform then please get there before 8.00 pm to get on the list. Second Tuesday Folk Club Facebook page.

  • Aidan has a website for his band Whiskey River (or simply www.whiskeyriver.co.uk ). The link you currently give for Whiskey River on the NHL site is our previous website (which is now "unattended"). We are also on Facebook.

  • Aidan has a PGCE teaching qualification and given harmonica lessons/workshops and harmonica talks in various places across Wales and England (sometimes in Holland and Ireland). Since the 1990s I has run harmonica lessons in a variety of Welsh colleges/schools (14 of them), at music festivals, also for a wide-variety of community projects, for several training organisations, many businesses (Team-bulding), Clubs (Round Table, Womens' Institute, Freemasons), on the radio (BRFM) to specific learning groups. Daytime and evening classes (and private tuition) available at different times/locations throughout the year in South Wales, The Welsh Marches and rural Herefordshire. Beginners/intermediates welcomed. Relaxed fun environment. All interested parties should send an email to Aidan Sheehan to check for up to date details.

Scotland

  • Blues and traditional diatonic classes are being held at the Glasgow Fiddle Workshop on a Monday night durig term times. The teacher is Colin McNab.

  • Moothie and beginner harmonica classes are being held by Dave Lorimer in Aberdeen where Scottish Cultures & Traditions ran Moothie 1 last year. They are now rolling out a beginners harmonica course and a Moothie 2. More here.

  • Niall Cruithne is teaching taditional harmonica at the Toolboth Arts Centre, Stirling Scotland. Contact details are here.

  • The Scots Moothie Group has grown from the ALP Scots Music Group Moothie Class in Edinburgh. The Group meet every two weeks, usually on Mondays, in Sandy Bell's pub to play many of the tunes listed below. The link gives some of the repertoire as well as dates for sessions or meetings.

  • Moothie courses are held regularly in Edinburgh by the Scots Music Group or phone 0131 555 7668

    There are lots of acoustic sessions in Edinburgh where moothies could be welcome. You can find up to date information here.

  • A Blues Jam is held on the last Wednesday of each month at The Reverie, 1 Newington Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1QR,(0131 667 8870), starting 9pm and is open to anyone who wants to come and play the blues.

  • Glasgow - Occasional Sunday evenings - The Station Bar And Megans Lounge, Bank Street, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, G83 0UL - 30 mins from Glasgow, telephone 01389752504.

Northern Ireland and Eire

  • Belfast - by Bill Miskimmon on Tuesday at the Crescent Arts Centre, 2- 4 University Road, Belfast,BT7 1NH. Phone - 02890242338 Fax: 028 90 246748, email: info@crescentarts.org

  • Dublin - Michael McInerney teaches Harmonica in Walton's New School of Music. The telephone no. is 01-4781884 or 00353- 14781884 if outside Ireland, fax (353 1) 4751346. The e-mail address is info@newschool.ie and the website is www.newschool.ie . He teaches both group courses and individual lessons at the school. While the demand is mostly blues and folk he has taught a wide range of styles on both diatonic and chromatic.

Lists of Blues Clubs/Venues
  • Blues Jams around the World
  • Blues Jams in New York
  • Blues Clubs in the UK and elsewhere
  • Blues Clubs Worldwide from Sonny Boy Lee - few from UK
  • Blueprint Venue links
  • Blues-UK links to events/venues

  • A Diary of Harmonica Events

    Bookmark and revisit http://harmonica.co.uk for the latest details of these and other events.

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