74 episodes

The Happy Hour Harmonica podcast brings profiles of some of the top harmonica players and technicians today.
The podcast is sponsored by Seydel harmonicas. Check out their great range of products at www.seydel1847.com.

If you would like to make a voluntary contribution to help keep the podcast running then please use this link: https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour.

Visit the main podcast webpage at: https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com/

Contact: happyhourharmonicapodcast@gmail.com

Happy Hour Harmonica Podcast Neil Warren

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The Happy Hour Harmonica podcast brings profiles of some of the top harmonica players and technicians today.
The podcast is sponsored by Seydel harmonicas. Check out their great range of products at www.seydel1847.com.

If you would like to make a voluntary contribution to help keep the podcast running then please use this link: https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour.

Visit the main podcast webpage at: https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com/

Contact: happyhourharmonicapodcast@gmail.com

    Richard Hunter interview

    Richard Hunter interview

    Richard Hunter joins me on episode 74.
    Richard has immersed himself in harmonica ever since he first picked it up at age 15 and has been pushing the boundaries of the instrument ever since. His first release was a solo acoustic harmonica album, composing most of the songs himself and making extensive use of alternate tunings and counterpoint, followed up by a second album along the same lines.
    Richard is a true innovator of using effects with harmonica and has created some great sounds using them on his later two albums, including the use of Digitech multi-effect pedals, for which he has created patch sets that are available to download from his website.
    Richard is also the author of one of the first harmonica transcription books: Jazz Harp, that was released in the 1990s, becoming a staple publication on many a harmonica players’ shelves.

    Links:

    Richard’s website:
    https://www.hunterharp.com/
    Chris Turner:
    https://christurnerharmonica.bandcamp.com/album/chris-turner-harmonicas
    The Lucky One posts:
    https://www.hunterharp.com/the-lucky-one-is-here-check-out-the-songs/
    Solo acoustic harmonica tracks to buy:
    https://www.hunterharp.com/all-hunters-downloads-in-one-place/#Sbuy
    Tunings used on solo recordings:
    https://www.hunterharp.com/harp-keys-and-tunings-for-my-recorded-solo-repertoire/
    The Lucky One breakdown of each song:
    https://www.hunterharp.com/the-lucky-one-is-here-check-out-the-songs/
    DaBell harmonicas:
    http://en.dabell.co.kr/home/bbs//board.php?bo_table=product&sca=Harmonica


    Videos:
    Richard’s YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/c/lightninrick
    Put The Lever Down, from 1982:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnDPNyimg5o
    Recent Electric work:
    https://www.hunterharp.com/category/audiovideo/?fbclid=IwAR0bozS97Y4lZwKmGk230CmVEknErhY0rEuvEYQ19mOJOqCRMAi84wi3cVk


    Podcast website:
    https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com
    Donations:
    If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):
    https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GB
    Spotify Playlist:
    Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQ

    Podcast sponsors:
    This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICAS
    and Blows Me Away Productions: http://www.blowsmeaway.com/

    • 1 hr
    Adam Gussow interview

    Adam Gussow interview

    Adam Gussow joins me on episode 73.

    Adam is a native New Yorker now living in Mississippi, working as a professor at the university there.
    Adam rose to stardom as part of the blues duo Satan and Adam in the late 1980s. They found their audience on the streets of Harlem, where they were briefly filmed and appeared in a U2 documentary and album. Satan & Adam enjoyed great success, playing together for 15 years, releasing three albums before disbanding in 1998, re-forming some years later and releasing another album.
    With the passing of Mr Satan, Adam formed his own one-man band, then a duo which has recently added Mr Satan’s nephew: Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors.
    Adam was the first person to release blues tuition videos on YouTube and has had over 20 million hits, accompanied by his website Modern Blues Harmonica.

    Links:
    Adam’s website:
    https://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/home.html
    Satan & Adam documentary:
    http://satanandadamfilm.com/
    Pete Farmer kick drums and harmonica holders:
    https://www.footdrums.com/

    Videos:
    U2's Rattle and Hum clip of Satan and Adam:
    https://youtu.be/x6M2aWVx0LA
    Ronnie Shellist ‘Funky Blues Harmonica’:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs_OchfmBc8
    Gussow's classic blues harmonica videos:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfYHJbTZklgZU1bEVLaZyvQ
    Modern Blues Harmonica YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/kudzurunner
    YouTube video teaching Sunshine of Your Love:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqFnpCcvUvQ
    Adam busking solo:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-E3qQ59VcQ
    Crossroads video:
    https://youtu.be/KeMis-B7f58
    Sir Rod and the Blues Doctors: What’d I Say:
    https://youtu.be/retCfgoCO3M

    Podcast website:
    https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com
    Donations:
    If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):
    https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GB
    Spotify Playlist:
    Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQ

    Podcast sponsors:
    This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICAS
    and Blows Me Away Productions: http://www.blowsmeaway.com/

    • 59 min
    Paul Reddick interview

    Paul Reddick interview

    Paul Reddick joins me on episode 72.
    Paul is a singer, songwriter and harmonica player based in Toronto, Canada. He rose to prominence with his band: Paul Reddick and the Sidemen in the 1990s. Paul describes himself as not a typical blues harmonica player, often using his sparse notes with heavy delay, while also making the use of complex patterns to build interesting rhythms. 
    Paul developed his songwriting approach using the structure of poetry, and his insightful and thoughtful blues lyrics have earned him the title of the Poet Laureate of the Blues, including winning the Maple Blues Award for songwriter of the year for his album Sugarbird in 2009.
     
    Links:

    Paul's website:
    https://paulreddick.ca/
    Lyrics:
    https://paulreddick.ca/lyrics
    Styrmon El Capistan delay pedal:
    https://www.strymon.net/product/elcapistan/

    Videos:
    Blue Eventide (Official Music Video):
    https://youtu.be/GpYU91lmS2Y
    Mourning Dove:
    https://youtu.be/eOrFt-aCbXU
    Luna Moth and Butterfly:
    https://youtu.be/HwrF_cd38aY
    Paul Reddick & The Gamblers - One More Day:
    https://youtu.be/V1QF8LMeXT4

    Podcast website:
    https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com
    Donations:
    If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):
    https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GB
    Spotify Playlist:
    Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQ

    Podcast sponsors:
    This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICAS
    and Blows Me Away Productions: http://www.blowsmeaway.com/

    • 59 min
    Juzzie Smith interview

    Juzzie Smith interview

    Juzzie Smith joins me on episode 71.
    Juzzie is an Australian who has a one-man band act with the harmonica pivotal to the sound. He has had over 200 million views of his online videos, starting out when a passer-by recorded him busking at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. 
    Juzzie started his one-man band after playing as the harp player in a blues band, and then teaching guitar and harmonica. This gave him a great foundation to lay down the rhythms for his self-penned laid-back bluesy folk. He plays up to six instruments at a time, including percussion juggling balls. Juzzie has been a regular at music festivals around the world and has produced his own music and video content in his home in Ocean Shore.
       
    Links:
    Juzzie’s website:
    https://juzziesmith.com/
    Percussion juggling balls;
    https://www.chukachuks.com/
    Press Play and Blow Away tuition course:
    https://juzziesmith.com/store/67-harmonica-lessons-mp3/

    Videos:
    Grolsch Festival YouTube with 11 million views at time of writing:
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=juzzie+smith+harmonica&sp=CAM%253D
    Edinburgh Fringe Festival appearance:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcrujO7lKsA
    Juggling percussion:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opRp6Em0vXg
    Keep Life Simple Beatbox harmonica:
    https://youtu.be/nXhS231_iJ4
    Jamming video:
    https://youtu.be/dmA_zUC8__8
    Juzzie’s ‘My Coolest Harmonica Solo’:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmOb76IuyRc
    Taking Time Out:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhiXwAD_Pxc&t=19s


    Podcast website:
    https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com
    Donations:
    If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):
    https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GB
    Spotify Playlist:
    Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQ

    Podcast sponsors:
    This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICAS
    and Blows Me Away Productions: http://www.blowsmeaway.com/

    • 59 min
    Ricky Cool interview

    Ricky Cool interview

    Ricky Cool joins me on episode 70.
    Ricky hails from the Birmingham area of the UK, and drew great inspiration asa teenager from the American folk festivals which brought some harmonica greats to the city. Under his alter ego Ricky Cool, he went on to lead several successful rhythm and blues band, with Jamaican music also brought into the set. He also played harmonica in a band with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant! 
    Ricky played harmonica and saxophone in most of these bands and this combination of instruments has led to his recent series of excellent YouTube videos called ‘Mississippi Saxophone’. In these videos he picks out some great horn lines and shows how to play them on harmonica.    

    Links:
    Ricky Cool and the In Crowd:
    https://www.rickycoolandtheincrowd.co.uk/

    Videos:

    Mississippi saxophone YouTube series of tutorial videos:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-ssuQxsIvn_NJy1A12hVyiq4Xb09ZXPj
    Ricky’s YouTube Channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/rickycool100
    Ricky Cool and The Icebergs:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX4akPiV0Wo
    Playing at NHL festival in 1988:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-Wf6X-erO4


    Podcast website:
    https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com
    Donations:
    If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):
    https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GB
    Spotify Playlist:
    Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQ

    Podcast sponsors:
    This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICAS
    and Blows Me Away Productions: http://www.blowsmeaway.com/

    • 1 hr
    Herbert Quelle interview

    Herbert Quelle interview

    Herbert Quelle joins me on episode 69.
    Herbert is a German who worked as a diplomat for 40 years. This included 10 years as the German Consul in the US, where he met several distinguished harmonica names. With a deep interest in the harmonica, Herbert has researched the instrument to great depth, using this information to litter facts into his two fictional works centred on our beloved instrument. He tells us of the huge export of harmonicas from Germany to the US, and how the early marketing often described harmonicas as toys.
    Herbert regularly makes readings from his books, with some in this podcast episode. 

    Links:
    Herbert’s website:
    https://www.harpambassador.com
    Monika’s Blues book:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monikas-Blues-Harmonica-African-American-Culture/dp/1880788276
    Harmonica History article for Harmonica Happenings magazine:
    https://jimdo-storage.global.ssl.fastly.net/file/059116cb-8889-486c-adab-ddc013dcf638/Texte%20280122.pdf
    Early harmonica recordings by The Archivist (Roger Trobridge), introduced by Joe Filisko:
    https://www.mixcloud.com/PodKast/rare-early-harmonica-recordings-by-vocalists-and-instrumentalists-introduced-by-joe-filisko/
    Adam Gussow book:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mister-Satans-Apprentice-Blues-Memoir/dp/0816667756
    Pat Missin’s recordings of Arthur Turelly and Pete Hampton:
    https://www.patmissin.com/78rpm/78rpm.html
    Herbert playing the German National Anthem:
    https://thomasguntherproductions.bandcamp.com/track/german-national-anthem-deutschland-lied
    Mundharmonika Live (Seydel harmonica convention):
    https://mundharmonika-live.de/


    Videos:
    Herbert’s YouTube Channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/herbieqkeys
    A German American Love Story (Harmonica exports to the US):
    https://youtu.be/pGigFF1Zkn8
    Herbert playing I Feel Free:
    https://youtu.be/AYnRdgX77gY

    Podcast website:
    https://www.harmonicahappyhour.com
    Donations:
    If you want to make a voluntary donation to help support the running costs of the podcast then please use this link (or visit the podcast website link above):
    https://paypal.me/harmonicahappyhour?locale.x=en_GB
    Spotify Playlist:
    Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains most of the songs discussed in the podcast:
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QC6RF2VTfs4iPuasJBqwT?si=M-j3IkiISeefhR7ybm9qIQ

    Podcast sponsors:
    This podcast is sponsored by SEYDEL harmonicas - visit the oldest harmonica factory in the world at www.seydel1847.com  or on Facebook or Instagram at SEYDEL HARMONICAS
    and Blows Me Away Productions: http://www.blowsmeaway.com/

    • 59 min

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