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HBTS8 – Saturday 3rd February 2018

After a fabulous day of Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp at HBTS7, we’ve been busy setting the scene for 2018. Plans are now firmly afoot and we can confirm that our theme for 2018 is…

Busking and In-Your-Face Harmonica

And with this message firmly in focus, it is only right and fitting that our star guest for HBTS8 is none other than the international super-busker himself, Rory McLeod. Rory will be packing his lyrics, rhythms, harmonicas, guitar, spoons, whistles, dance board and charisma, and flying down from Edinburgh to entertain and amaze all our HBTS8 guests. If you’ve never witnessed Rory in action, it’s going to be an experience you will never forget. If you have, then you’ll understand how very proud we are to include Rory in our line up.

We are also delighted to announce that the The Brothers of Mothershovel will also be adding their invigorating brand of commuter chaos to HBTS8. If you’re new to TBoM, you’re guaranteed a roller coaster of musical entertainment. Check out Old Man Blues here…

The Brothers of Mothershovel may not be widely known amongst harmonica fans – yet – but true to our slogan a breath of fresh air, it would be remiss if we didn’t bring this important emerging talent to the attention the wider harping community.

We’ve fallen in love with The Brothers’ anarchic approach to music and the harmonica and we’re certain you’ll love them too. We’re all in for a proper old shindig, that’s for sure. And the BoM’s latest CD, Umcha, Umcha is absolute killer. Grab yourself a copy.

We look forward to announcing further news of our 2018 artists and workshop leaders in the coming weeks.

Hohner Rocket Amp 8If 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 featuring international guest stars, tickets will go on sale in September. We recommend booking early before they all go. Because they will!

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…