HBTS8 – Saturday 3rd February 2018
Following our celebration of Louisiana Harpin’ at HBTS7, we’ve been busy working go on a programme that will create just as much buzz for HBTS8. And now it’s official. For Harpin’ By The Sea 2018 we bring you…


Two drops of water on a thirsty man’s beard
And it’s fitting that our star guest is none other than the intergalactic jongleur himself, Rory McLeod. Rory will be packing his harmonicas, guitar, spell-binding lyrics, rhythms, spoons, whistles, dance board and charisma, and flying down from Edinburgh to entertain and amaze. If you’ve never witnessed him in action, it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget.

Hitherto, the rights and wrongs had seemed so beautifully simple
Also on our line up of super-buskers, Victor Puertas of The Suitcase Brothers is jetting in from Barcelona. Victor is a master of vintage acoustic and electric blues harmonica. So much so, you’ll have seen him looking all cool on Hohner’s merchandise. Exclusive to HBTS8, this marks Victor’s stage debut in the UK. Benvinguts!

Listen to your Brian, don’t follow anyone
And completing our trilogy of guest artists, the The Brothers of Mothershovel are bringing us their invigorating brand of commuter chaos from tropical Croydon. Expect a vortex of musical mayhem; these guys chase other bands up trees. All you young people check out Old Man Blues here…

We’d be remiss if we didn’t bring this emerging talent to the attention of the wider harping community. The BoM’s latest CD, Umcha, Umcha is killer. Grab yourself a copy.

Well pimp my gob irons, JC’s in the house!
For all you closet harp techies, we are proud to announce that John Cook, Hohner’s man what does, will be joining us to answer all your hardware questions, and deliver a workshop on essential harp maintenance and modifications. Places in this workshop are limited; let us know if you’d like to be added to our list of participants.







Hohner Rocket Amp 8

Tickets please
If you’d like to join us for a full day of workshops, a masterclass, harmonica repair workshop, prize draw, jam session, trade stand and gala evening show, visit our tickets page for prices and further information. We strongly recommend booking early – you’ll save yourself a few quid too, so get cracking!

Stay Tuned.. 
In the meantime, a retrospective look at some of the shenanigans HBTS has been up to in recent years. Here we are on BBC Radio 4‘s harmonica documentary Suck It And See.

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And here’s a reminder of the special message that Paul Jones of Manfred Mann broadcast on his weekly BBC Radio 2 blues hour for HBTS 2016…

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Turn up. Dig it. Tell ALL your friends…!