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Harmonica Ensemble

Harmonica Ensemble

  • Blues
  • Instrumental
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • School of Music class

Also known as “Harpageddon,” this is the coolest all-harmonica ensemble in town! Inspired by the Cambridge Harmonica Orchestra, the Passim Harmonica Ensemble class features all-harmonica band arrangements and lead and rhythm parts to favorite blues, jazz, rock and soul songs. It’s a mixed-level repertoire class where you pick up technique along the way, recommended for anyone from Advanced Beginners on up to professional show-offs.At the end of the session the class will have a chance to perform together at a recital or open mic. This is an opportunity to get more performing experience with a supportive and fun-loving group. It’s also a great place to meet and learn from fellow harmonica mavens.

Songs covered in past sessions include:  Walkin’ Blues  New Orleans Second Line

  Tequila  My Babe (Little Walter)  On Broadway  The Lion Sleeps Tonight  Don’t Get Around Much Anymore  Louie Louie  Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)      …and the repertoire is always growing!  Requirements: At minimum, you should bring harps in the keys of A, Bb, C and D  –  if you have more, bring ‘em all!  Recommended models are Hohner Marine Band, Hohner Special 20, Hohner Pro Harp, Seydels (various models).

Skill level: The class is geared to players who can already bend a note or two, but you are welcome to participate even if you’re not there yet.

 

This class meets on Wednesdays from 8:00-9:15pm on: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22.

Please note: The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator.  

Annie Raines

  • Blues
  • Country

Annie Raines has been the musical partner of country blues master Paul Rishell for over 23 years. They have recorded six albums together, including the W.C. Handy Award-winning Moving to the Country, and toured internationally, playing festivals, theaters, and clubs and teaching workshops and seminars around the globe.

They have opened for Ray Charles, Little Feat, Dr. John, Susan Tedeschi and John Sebastian, among others. They are currently Visiting Artists in Berklee College of Music’s American Roots Music Program. Annie’s instructional DVD, Blues Harmonica Blueprint, is available from truefire.com.

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