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! Echoing the old Cambridge Harmonica Orchestra, we learn group arrangements, 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 a great opportunity to get more stage time and more learning experience as well.

Songs covered in past sessions include:

  Walkin’ Blues
  New Orleans Second Line
  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 more! 
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). 

This class meets on Mondays from 6:30-7:45pm on: Jan. 7, 14, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25.

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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