Hello Everyone,

Let’s Spring straight into our March newsletter! 

I’m so pleased to announce that we are gradually starting to get more gig lists back on our newsdesk website during the next month, so fingers crossed things are finally looking up! We are happy to have the amazing Adam Glasser and Jim Hughes interview on our YouTube channel for you to watch and enjoy - details below.  Jim's fascinating history in the harmonica world was expertly researched by Adam and I know they only touched the surface on the interview. So come on fellas, we want more!!

One of my favourite things coming up this month are some crosswords donated to us by Mr Michael Green - a huge thanks from us all Michael. You'll see the first one of these in the Spring issue of Harmonica World... Shhhh!! I am so lucky to have had a very sneak preview at our Spring magazine; it's packed full of articles and information for our perusal and should arrive on your doorsteps mid March. 

Now let’s not forget our very own performances with our open mic sessions - the next one is this Saturday 5th March, all welcome from absolute beginners through to experienced players, light hearted with no pressure. Come along and take a look, you don’t even have to play - details below. Also a gentle nudge to remind you of our weekly coffee morning on Fridays at 11am. Lots of light hearted chat and laughter with fellow like minded people.

Many thanks and take care everyone,

Suzy

Suzy Colclough, HarmonicaUK Newsdesk

Newsdesk brings you a selection of items from the HarmonicaUK Newsdesk this month. Click "Read more..." to read the full news item.

Harmonica Legend Jim Hughes Interview
Jim was interviewed by HarmonicaUK Patron Adam Glasser in February. We are happy to announce that the full interview is now available for your viewing pleasure on our YouTube channel, so if you missed it make sure you catch up here.

Adam Glasser: Chromatic Harmonica Programme of Zoom Lectures and Workshops in April
Adam will be running a special series of Integrated Workshops and Zoom Lectures as follows:
Three Harmonica Stories - Zoom Lectures: 3pm Sunday 3rd, 10th & 17th April 
Based on the series last year, we will be revisiting the work of Stevie Wonder, Toots Thielemans, Tommy Reilly, Larry Adler and Contemporary Players with new material added. These lectures will be of general interest aimed at an audience of chromatic players and music lovers alike. In the week following each lecture there will be multiple workshops based on the previous Sunday’s Zoom lecture. Read more...

Lee Oskar’s “Never Forget” Captures Worldwide Attention and Appreciation
We are honoured and touched to see that Lee’s recently released project, “Never Forget” (Dreams We Share™ 2022) is resonating deeply with people all over the world, including music fans, critics and journalists. Many newspaper articles have come out in recent weeks, sharing insights into Lee’s “musical memoir”, conveying his personal journey and family history through the atrocities of the Holocaust and its aftermath. Read more...

Rock's Diamond Year - 60 Years of British 'Electric Blues Music'
On March 17th 1962, Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies started the Ealing Blues Club, the first UK gig devoted to "electric blues music". A number of events are being held in West London to commemorate this momentous occasion commencing on Saturday 12th March 2022 at Brentford Musical Museum. Read more...

Aidan Sheehan's Harmonica Club
Aidan Sheehan has restarted his Harmonica Club at the Pantmawr Inn, Tyla Teg, Rhiwbina, Cardiff. Read More...

Adam Glasser to give Lecture in Brussels 9th May
Adam Glasser has been invited to contribute a lecture as part of a 3-day conference in Brussels: "Toots Thielemans (1922-2016). A Century of Music across Europe and America"
International Conference, Brussels, KBR, 9-11 May 2022. Read more...

Beginner's Folk Harmonica Workshop
Aidan Sheehan will be hosting a Beginners Folk Harmonica workshop on Saturday 19 March 2022, from 10AM to 4PM at Bristol Folk House. You will Learn the basics of harmonica playing and then using these skills, play some fun folk tunes on a G harmonica. Aidan will also demonstrate some special folk-tuned harmonicas. Read more...

Gigs this month
It's great to see live music is now happening. Check out the gig lists for Liam Ward and Aidan Sheehan.

A reminder from Laina Freeman and Richard Taylor
Help us shape HarmonicaUK’s future purpose through Outreach
Open Forum, Sunday 20th March 2022, 10.30am-Noon on Zoom, hosted by Richard Taylor & Laina Freeman. Make a note in your diary!

And finally, do you have a spare hour to support the Harmonica Community? HarmonicaUK would love to hear from you if you have as little as an hour a month to spare to help support your harmonica community. We are looking for people to help with:

•           Newsdesk - writing articles etc
•           Social Media
•           Web site
•           Events (online and in-person)
•           or any other skills you have to offer
If you would like to get involved with the vibrant, friendly and fun group of folks behind your favourite harmonica charity then please get in touch with us by email to: [email protected]

Events this month

Saturday Session - March Open Mic - 5th March 5pm
This is your opportunity to put your 'tulips' round your cover plates and play at the HarmonicaUK March open mic! Whether you're new to playing harmonica or a seasoned performer, you are very welcome. You can also come and just listen in too. Hosted by Sammy Boy Wilkinson. Read more...
Use the Zoom Link, or Meeting ID: 935 1770 9842 and Passcode: 123666

Friday Coffee Morning – 11th March 11am
Join us on Zoom for a chat about harmonicas, music and more! Read more...
Use the Zoom Link, or Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

Friday Coffee Morning – 18th March 11am 
Join us on Zoom for a chat about harmonicas, music and more! Read more...
Use the Zoom Link, or Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

Friday Coffee Morning – 25th March 11am
Join us on Zoom for a chat about harmonicas, music and more!  Read more...
Use the Zoom Link, or Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

Friday Coffee Morning – 1st April 11am
Join us on Zoom for a chat about harmonicas, music and more!  Read more...
Use the Zoom Link, or Meeting ID: 999 3719 8697 and Passcode: 178801

Chromatic Weekend 2022 – 18-19th June 2022
Mark the date in your diary and keep an eye on the Chromatic Weekend event page, we will be adding details to this listing as they are finalised.

Have you got a harmonica story? Upcoming gigs? Single or album release?  
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Please contact us at [email protected]   
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