International Harmonica Festival


Alive and kicking!


Following our ground breaking online festival in 2021, when we celebrated 10 years of harmonica history with a review of our stunning past guest artists (plus a couple of ‘A list’ newcomers), HBTS took a well-earned breather in 2022.

We’re back live for 2023, with our twelfth fantastic festival and another stunning programme of workshops, guests artists, trade sponsors, kids workshop and afternoon blues jam. We are also delighted to announce our inaugural Harmonicas For Healing symposium, directed by Christ Startup. And don’t forget our world famous prize raffle!

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A breath of fresh air…
And here’s a retrospective on 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 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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 Missed the party or just need another hit?
You can catch up as we roll out footage of Harpin’ By The Sea 2021 on YouTube. Please note this process is engineered voluntarily and we thank you for your patience as it takes shape. You can check everything out at Harpin’ By The Sea’s own Channel and at Russ Turner’s Oxharp Channel.