Harmonica Podcast: The Kids Are Alright

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As the world stumbles into a new decade, we at the Harp Surgery find ourselves contemplating the future. But we’re not thinking about jetpacks or three-course meals that you can take as a pill. No, we’re thinking about the future of the harmonica. Okay, jetpacks would also be pretty cool, but for his debut podcast, Elwood the Apprentice mumbles his way through five young players who are poised to become rising stars of the harmonica.

Elwood’s first podcast is a little ragged, but then so is he when you meet him. Here’s the tracklist:

1. Jay Gaunt: “Greensleeves” [traditional]
Age: 15
Gear: C harp in third position
Turf: Website
Home: USA

2. Nic Clark (with Boa & the Constrictors): “Early in the Morning” [John Lee Williamson]
Age: 14
Gear: C harp in second position; G harp in first position
Turf: Watch this space
Home: USA

3. Rachelle Plas: “I Feel Good” [James Brown]
Age: 17
Gear: G harp F harp in second position
Turf: MySpace
Home: France

4. Brandon Bailey: “Devil Take My Soul” [Son of Dave]
Age: 17
Gear: G harp in second position; Akai Headrush E2 pedal
Turf: YouTube
Home: USA

5. Will Pound: “Turkish Delight” [Will Pound]
Age: 22
Gear: Chromatic harp in C
Turf: MySpace
Home: UK

Stay tuned for the next Harp Surgery podcast, which will feature better production values and a gorgeous new weather girl. To request a theme or get yourself featured in the Harp Surgery podcast, give us a shout in the comment box below.

Elwood is running the Harp Surgery’s Apprenticeship blog

6 thoughts on “Harmonica Podcast: The Kids Are Alright

  • January 27, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Hi, Elwood

    First time here – found the site thanks to a post on Adam’s MBH forum. Nice stuff. I like the podcast – great to hear these guys (I’ve been fortunate to meet Jay, Nic and Brandon at SPAH) – and great that you took the time to feature them! Can’t wait to hear what’s next.


    Greg Heumann
    BlowsMeAway Productions

  • February 10, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Found this from the boingboing post … lots of fun!

  • February 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    “Elwood’s first podcast is a little ragged…”


    I’m looking for the others. Why aren’t they done yet?



  • March 12, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    do you have melodies or tones for the harmonica from the movie “once upon a time in the west” from 1968.
    I am also interested in any other melodies. I am a beginer who want to learn how to play harmonica.

    With kind regards,

    Mišo Mlakić from Croatia

  • March 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Mišo
    Thanks for your message. From memory the harmonica featured in the Movie is a draw bend somewhere around hole 4 or 6. We will look into it and let you know. There is plenty of material for beginners on the internet in English, but probably not too much in Croat. It might be better for you to find someone local who teaches harmonica? Again we’ll see what we can find out.

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