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.



  • To Join the NHL - click here
  • Looking for Teachers and Tuiton? - click here.
  • UK Harmonica Gig List - click here - find a gig near you!
  • UK Harmonica Jam List - click here - find a jam session near you!
  • The annual Chromatic Weekend will take place in Birmingham on 24-25 June, 2017. Details of the weekend program will be seen on the CW web page as they become available. A Chromatic Weekend is provisionally scheduled for the weekends June 23/24, 2018 so put it in your diary!
  • The June/July, 2017, issue of Harmonica World - see right - was mailed out to NHL members on 1 June 2017.
  • This year‘s International Harmonica Festival, H2017, will be held over the weekend 27-29 Oct, 2017 at the Folk House in Bristol. Put the date in your diary now. The main International Festival artists will be known soon.
  • The H2017 International Festival takes place in the Folk House, Bristol on Oct 27-29, 2016. You can get full details here. The main artists, are
    • Adam Gussow (USA)
    • Cristian Inostroza (Chile)
    • Shima Kobayashi (UK)
    • Tom Byrne (Eire)
    • Mathias Heise (Denmark)
  • Don't forget that you can test your metal and improve your performance by taking part in the annual contest at the festival. Check the details on the festival web page, choose a piece of music and get some practicing in before the festival. Let us know if you want to take part, but if necessary you can enter on the day if you register before 10am on Sat 29 Oct.
  • H2016 Concert videos by Giles Hedley, Brendan Power, Philip Achille, Donald Black, Jens Bunge and Harmonicello can be seen on our YouTube Channel.
  • To see other events planned for 2017 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

June/July 2017

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

Link to older magazines

Link to music files mentioned in magazine articles.


  • H2017 Festival Artist News.
  • George Current - The Drunken Piper.
  • Eva Hurt - When 2 meet 3.
  • Sam Wilkinson - Harmonica Meeting in Wirral.
  • Cathal Johnson - Irish Event.
  • Chromatic Weekend 24-25 June 2017.
  • Kenny Horrocks - Harmonica Troubadour.
  • Richard Sleigh - David Barrett's Musical TAB.
  • Jim Davis - The Harps of Kent.
  • Harmonica Festival in Iran.
  • Pat Missin/Norman Darwen - CD Reviews.
  • Sigmund Groven in London.
  • Tony Eyers - The Asian Tremolo.
  • The Magazine Music Page.

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