Idaho Harmonica Workshops
August 5 & 6

The Idaho Harmonica Workshop provides an environment for the growth and advancement of harmonica players in the scenic beauty of the Idaho back country.

The Workshop offers skill building from beginning to advanced, and an opportunity to learn from the best in the Northwest.   

This family-friendly workshop is held in the beautiful back country of Yellow Pine, Idaho, and is open to all ages and abilities.

Be a part of history and the future at the Idaho Harmonica Workshop!

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The Friday Instructor is:

Mark Hummel

Grammy Nominee, Blues Award Winner, Author, Harp Man, Mark Hummel, started playing harmonica in 1970 and is considered one of the premier blues harmonica players of his generation. Thanks to over thirty recordings since 1985, including the  Grammy nominated 2013 release Blind Pig recording Remembering Little Walter (part of the Blues Harmonica Blowout CD series).  Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout™ started in 1991 and have featured every major legend (Mayall, Musselwhite, Cotton, etc.) on blues harp as well as almost every player of note on the instrument - a who's who of players.

Hummel is a road warrior - a true Blues Survivor. Along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound - a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack combined with a strong sense of swing. Mark has been with Electro Fi Records since 2000, releasing five CDs. Thanks to Mark's earlier albums, constant touring and appearances at the major blues festivals, he's firmly established his solid reputation around the US and Europe. 

Born in New Haven, CT but raised in Los Angeles till he graduated high school, Mark moved to the Berkeley at age 18 to pursue a career in blues music, where he felt the music was taken more seriously. 

Mark started the Blues Survivors in 1977 with Mississippi Johnny Waters. By 1984 Hummel began a life of non- stop touring of the US, Canada and overseas, which he still continues at least 130-150 days out of each year. Hummel has toured or recorded with blues legends Charles Brown, Charlie Musselwhite, Lowell Fulson, Billy Boy Arnold, Carey Bell, Lazy Lester, Brownie McGhee, Eddie Taylor, Luther Tucker and Jimmy Rogers.

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The Saturday Instructor is:

Lee Oskar

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark; moving to the United States in the late 1960's and became internationally renowned for his unique role as a founding member and lead harmonica player for the pioneer player for the funk/jazz group, War.  He and Eric Burdon had a long succession of soul-funk-rock radio hits like 'Slippin' into Darkness', 'Lowrider', 'Cisco Kid', 'World Is A Ghetto', 'Spill the Wine' and 'Why Can't We Be Friends'.  All of those songs and more were huge TopTen records that got national airplay coast to coast and stayed high up in the charts for months.  Oskar's unique approach to harmonica has earned him the distinction of being voted Instrumentalist of the Year in 1976 in three major publications: Billboard, Cashbox and Record World. 

Since then Lee Oscar had recorded many solo albums with eclectic, multicultural influences including 'Lee Oskar', 'Before the Rain', 'My Road, Our Road', 'Free', 'Live at the Pitt Inn', 'The Best of Lee Oskar' , 'Lee Oskar and Friends  Orchestra', 'Those Sunny Days', 'So Much In Love', 'Sublimation', 'The Best of Lee Oskar Volumes 1 & 2' and 2022 release 'Passages Through Music: Never Forget'.  A composer, his compositions have been featured on movie soundtracks and television and commercials.  Lee is the recipient of many Gold & Platinum recordings and honored with special ASCAP Writing Awards. 

Lee's stellar career as a globally touring musician uniquely equipped him to become a revolutionary harmonica maker.  He started Lee Oskar Harmonica Company in 1983 as Founder/President which is second only to Hohner Harmonica in popularity and sales.

General Workshop Information

Enrollment is limited to 15 students - this ensures each participant has quality instructors time throughout the workshop.

The workshop is held in the Yellow Pine Community Hall from 10:00 am until Noon each day. The cost of each workshop is $50 payable at sign-in. (credit and debit cards accepted) 

You will need to bring a diatonic harmonica in the key of "C".

Sign-In

Sign-in starts at 9:30am at the Community Hall. The workshop fills up quickly.  Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.  Payment is required at sign-in.  

 

Idaho Harmonica Workshop t-shirts are available for purchase $20 (ask the instructor for an autograph!)

General Conduct

All attendees must follow the rules of the workshop:

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs are not allowed in the workshop facility.  Use of tobacco during breaks and after workshop hours must be at least 30 feet from the facility.

  • Harassment, or any behavior that is disruptive or infringes in any way on the safety and welfare of other attendees or staff will be grounds for dismissal.

  • Attendees unable to abide by the rules are subject to dismissal with NO REFUND.

Leashed pets are welcome in Yellow Pine, just not at the workshop.