Harpin’ By The Sea On The Radio


A huge thank you to all our artists, sponsors, attendees and crew for the fantastic return to our live format at this year’s festival. We enjoyed another sell-out event, welcomed Mark Hummel back to the UK for the first time in over twenty years, held our first Trade Expo, and raised £735 for our chosen charity, Wishing Well Music, providing bedside music therapy for children in critical care.

In addition, we launched our first ever Harmonicas for Health workshop and symposium, which proved to be a popular and humbling new feature to the event programme. Watch this space for news of HBTS 2024 and, in the meantime, visit our YouTube Channel to enjoy coverage of this year’s artists and activities. 

You may be aware that early on Friday morning this year our Festival Producer, Richard Taylor, was already launching proceedings in the company of BBC Radio Sussex reporter Hanna Neter. 

Hanna was challenged by Breakfast Show host Alison Fearns to learn and perform her first ever harmonica tune live on air. Richard and Hanna duly got to work and within half an hour Hanna was playing When The Saints Go Marching In! You can hear what everyone got up to right here…


Ticket Sales Update


Show Tickets
Advance ticket sales for our Saturday night show have exceeded expectations and our complete allocation has been taken up by the day’s workshop attendees. We have no additional show tickets to release.

We are sorry for any disappointment, but there are additional opportunities to see Mark Hummel in action at other UK venues in the week following Harpin’ By The Sea. Thank you to everyone attending Harpin’ By The Sea 2023 and helping to resurrect our live event after a three year Covid-19 hiatus.

Workshop Tickets

Tickets for workshop places in each ability category are still available (without the evening show) as are tickets for our Sunday children’s workshop.

Harmonicas for Health Symposium / Electric Blues Jam
We also look forward to welcoming attendees to our Friday afternoon Harmonicas for Healing symposium on 3rd Feb at The Brunswick and our Electric Blues Jam on Sunday afternoon 5th Feb. These programme items are free to attend.

Let The Four Winds Blow


HBTS welcomes Louise Maggs to the team

Our Saturday afternoon acoustic jam will be hosted by Louise Maggs (Guitar) and Stuart McKay (Harmonica), both of whom you may recognise as members of the Southern Slamdoor Band.

Graduates from our Beginners workshop are encouraged to take their first steps playing live in our round-robin section. More experienced players can strut their stuff too and should sign up in advance with details of the piece they wish to play.

Our acoustic jam is for Saturday ticket holders only, but don’t forget we also have a full electric blues jam on Sunday afternoon. The electric blues jam is open to the public and access is free, however we do encourage donations for the house band.

HBTS 2023 – We’re Back!



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

You’ll be delighted to know that we’re back 3-5.Feb 2023 live in Brighton, UK, with another stunning programme of workshops, guests artists, trade sponsors, children’s workshop and afternoon blues jam. Plus your chance to win a fabulous prize in our world famous event raffle.

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