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. Some very interesting plans are now afoot and we can confirm that our theme for 2018 is..

Busking and In-Your-Face Harmonica.

And without further ado, we are proud to announce the first act in our stellar lineup for HBTS8. Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you The Brothers of Mothershovel.

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.



brighton-west-pierA huge thank you to everyone who attended and took part in HBTS7. Feedback from our guests, tutors, artists and The Brunswick staff has been exceptionally positive. Any creaky points have of course been noted and we will work to improve further for our next event. But first a nice walk along the prom, a deep breath or two and the chance to recharge! Cheers everyone.

Stuart and Richard


“Thank you very much for a fantastic day and evening on Saturday. I hope to be back next year and to be good enough to join the intermediate class!”

“All just right!”

“Excellent handouts to take away. Many thanks for organising a great event.”

“I enjoyed every minute of it and didn’t feel out of place.”

“Great preparation, really clear instruction and great smiles.”

“Thought intermediate would be more appropriate, but as the day went on I realised there was a lot I didn’t know!”

“Perhaps not so much for beginners – less is more.”


“Brilliant all round – thank you.”

“An excellent, well planned event. Long may it continue.”

“I feel really encouraged to keep playing and improving.”

“Not a fan of Masterclasses – maybe have another workshop instead.”


“Always well organised – keep up the good work.”

“Perhaps make some material available in advance, so we’re ahead of the game on the day.”

“More next year please.”



JG Feb 2017 9I write the songs

We had the very great privilege of visiting the Brighton Institute for Modern Music (BIMM) today, where Jerome joined forces with the house band and shared his professional experience.

It was a great chance for the student songwriters to bring their compositions to the live stage and invite feedback from their peers. The final results were captured on video and, we have to say, they were amazing. Here’s Jerome rocking it up on Smoking Ashtray. Our thanks to everyone at BIMM for a fantastic morning.

Jerome Godboo Harpin’ On Air


BBC Radio Sussex Lobby (On Air) 2HBTS7 On The Wireless

Today we had the privilege of visiting BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey to talk about HBTS7 and all things harmonica. Jerome did extremely well, given that he’d just stepped off the overnight flight from Toronto, with little or no sleep. Way to go JG!

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Say Cheese


CameraShout out for event photographer

If anybody knows an amateur photographer, who’d be available to take stills of his year’s festival and show, please put them in touch right away!

Introducing HBTS 2017


Turn on. Tune in. Dig it.

With thanks to Russ Turner of YouTube’s Oxharp Channel for the film production. Russ will be videoing this year’s festival and posting the results on his excellent video channel.

Chef’s Menu for HBTS


If music be the food of love, get your gums round a tin sandwich

In addition to the excellent house menu, the Chef at The Brunswick has prepared a special value menu for all our festival participants at the very reasonable rate of £6.50 per item. A choice of one of the following is available:

  • Smoked beef brisket chilli with riceMusic Burger 10
  • 3 bean vegetable chilli with rice (vegan)
  • Mac & smoked cheese with pulled pork
  • Mac & smoked cheese with leeks  (v)

Drinks not included

Last Chance for 2017


Book Now iGet ’em while they’re still hot!
HBTS7 is a sell out. Just a couple of beginners and advanced workshop tickets remaining. Our intermediate workshop and the star-studded evening show are now full.

Tickets on the day and returns
It is unlikely there will be tickets available on the day for any of our workshops, or for the show. Before leaving home in the hope of buying a last minute ticket, call Stuart in advance. It could be a wasted journey otherwise.

It’s a breath of fresh air


HBTS 2017 iHBTS7 – Saturday 4th February 2017

Who’d have thought back in 2011, that our humble musical get-together would become one of the harmonica calendar’s most celebrated annual events? Here we are on BBC Radio 4‘s harmonica documentary Suck It And See.

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If you’d like to join us for a full day of workshops, a masterclass, break out session, prize draw, jam session, trade stand and gala evening show featuring international guest stars, book your ticket now before they all go. Because they will!

MelodeonAllons a Lafayette!
Our theme for 2017 is Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Blues Harmonica. And why not? After all, our closest musical cousin is the Melodeon, or Cajun Squeezebox. Of course there’ll be plenty more eclectic material featured in our dedicated workshops, but this year’s Cajun and Creole infusion is guaranteed to tantalise and tickle the musical palette, Louisiana style.

To help us deliver our programme, we’re flying in Jeff Healey’s former harp sideman, Jerome Godboo, from Toronto Canada, exclusively for Harpin’ By The Sea.

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Hohner Crossover 1 iWe’re also featuring the performance and tutoring magnificence that is Aidan Sheehan and Martin Blake of Whiskey River from the badlands of South Wales.

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And there’ll be some high-powered input and harmonica alchemy from Lee Sankey, one of the UK’s foremost blues harmonica players, innovators and philosophers.

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Hohner Rocket Amp 8And 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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