WOMEN WHO PLAY BLUES HARMONICA

  

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  • Lady A
  • Gaye Adegbaloloa
  • Cheryl Arena
  • Pearl Bailes
  • Kat Baloun
  • Mariana Barsato
  • Ingrid Berry
  • Christelle Berthon
  • Big Nancy
  • Little Jenny Bohman
  • Grace Brim
  • Sunny Bryan
  • Stacie Collins
  • Maria Coyote
  • Genevieve Dartevelle
  • Kaz Della Rosa
  • Eileen Dorsey
  • Dana Dixon
  • Karin Elizabet
  • Nita Erickson
  • Yvonne Fimbres
  • Kate Freeman
  • Jill Fromewick
  • Geneva Red
  • Bobbi Giordano
  • Marla Glen
  • DeeJay Gosper
  • Trina Hamlin
  • Tiffany Harp
  • Lindy Harper
  • Jesse Mae Hemphill
  • Kate Henshaw
  • Louise Hoffsten
  • Lynn Ann Hyde
  • Stacy Jones
  • Justine
  • Tracy K
  • Denise Kaufman
  • Beth Kohnen
  • Beata Kossowska
  • Jill "Chilly" Kurtz
  • Jessica Lauren
  • Terry Leonino
  • Cecilia LoForti
  • Teresa "T-Bird" Lynne
  • Michelle Malone
  • Guta Menezes
  • Jackie Merritt
  • Sarah Messian
  • Ellen "HarpChick" Miller
  • Zola Moon
  • Dorothy Moore
  • Linda Moss
  • Mulheres Gaitistas
  • Octavia
  • Liz Pennock
  • Roxy Perry
  • Mattie Phifer
  • Rachel Plas
  • Victoria Purington
  • Annie Raines
  • Paula Rangell
  • Genya Ravan
  • Rochelle Raya
  • Aurea Regina
  • Robin Rogers
  • Judy Rudin
  • Kellie Rucker
  • Rhonda Rucker
  • Nedra Russ
  • Elizabeth G. Schulz
  • Natacha Seara
  • Jane Siet
  • Claudia Sieverling
  • Willow Stone
  • Catriana Sturton
  • Sunny Girl
  • Annette "Miss Harp" Taborn
  • Vikki Thorn
  • Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
  • Marion Turner
  • Lucy Van Sickle
  • Sandra Vazquez
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  • Minnie Wallace
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      LADY A  has made a place on the Florida blues map from the panhandle to Key West with her strong, earthy vocals and harmonica solos. She has worked with K.C and The Sunshine Band as well as many other touring and recording pros. She also hosted a popular radio show in the Florida Keys. 
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    GAYE ADEGBALOLOA   became famous with the group Saffire, The Uppity Blues Women. She tours nationally and internationally, and has won numerous awards including the prestigious Blues Music Award. Gaye composes, sings and plays acoustic guitar, slide guitar, and harmonica.  more

    CHERYL ARENA is a singer/songwriter/harp player who grew up in the Boston, Massachusetts area. She has been playing harmonica since 1987. By 1989 she had started and hosted her own blues jam, and by 1994 she was touring the East Coast and portions of the Mid-South. In 2005 Cheryl decided to move to Dallas, Texas, where she teaches and performs.  more
    PEARL BAILES    harmonica diva in the nation's capitol received her first harmonica as a birthday gift, and soon found herself unable to go anywhere without it. Her emphatic playing adds an antic energy to any performance. When not playing with the Capitol Hillbillies, she can be found teaching 10-year-olds.  more 
    KAT BALOUN  grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her mother was a classical pianist & organist, and she directed the church choir in which Kat and her father sang. Her mother started her on the piano at 5 and at 7 she learned the violin. Then at 13 she picked up the harmonica. During her teens and twenties she played only occasionally. but in 1991, she met several musicians while living in San Francisco. They inspired her to start playing the harmonica again. In 1994 she moved to Berlin and put a band together and she has lived there ever since. GO TO THE WEBSITE
     MARIANA BARSATO is a member of the South American women's harmonica group, Mulheres Gaitistas. She lives in Argentina. GO TO THE WEBSITE
     INGRID BERRY is the daughter of Chuck Berry and has been performing with him and as a solo artist for many years. She played herself in the 1987 movie, Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll!   MORE INFORMATION
     CHRISTELLE BERTHON was unknown to much of the blues world until recently, but she's a star on the internet! Christelle is a classically trained musician who found the harmonica when she was 24 and it changed her life. She has yet to make an album, but you can find many of her videos on line. Her fluid, beautiful style won her second place at the World Harmonica Championships in 2009.  more
    BIG NANCY (Wertheim-Swarbrick)  a hometown gal from New Jersey, leads her band, Supreme Court.  Nancy was born in Somerville, New Jersey and raised in nearby Green Brook. Her love of music was handed down to her by her father, an avid fan and player of Dixieland music. Much of her love of Blues and Gospel chord patterns comes from recordings, old movies, and cartoons. Nancy became enamored with the Blues Harp while watching a Woody Guthrie documentary featuring Sonny Terry.  more
    LITTLE JENNY BOHMAN   was considered to be one of Sweden's best blues players. With her band, Blue Beans, Jenny played at many festivals and won two of the top Swedish blues awards. Jenny passed away after a long battle with cancer in November, 2010.  more
    GRACE BRIM   was known as the "Queen of the Harmonica." She performed, toured and recorded with her husband, John Brim. His recording of "Strange Man" in 1950 was one of the first recordings to feature a woman on harmonica.  more
    SUNNY BRYAN  is from Annapolis, Maryland, where she plays in the Sunny Isle Blues Band. "She sings and plays some mean blues harp and is a very cool lady." Sunny has been playing in the Washington D.C. area for some years with guitarist Mark Ingino.  more
    STACIE COLLINS   is called a "harmonica blowin’ hell-cat." Stacie is blazing a trail traveled by few women. Sporting a hard-core honky-tonk wail while backed by a slam-bang rock 'n' roll band, she weds Stones fried rock-n-roll, gut bucket blues and vintage honky-tonk. Based in Nashville, TN, she tours the US, Scandinavia and Europe regularly and has even spawned a Japanese tribute band! more
    MARIA COYOTE  lives in Sweden where she pursues many interests. She is an activist, engaged in many causes to protect the earth and its species. Maria has an incredible nine-octave voice range--certainly a world record. She likes the real roots blues.  more
    GENEVIÈVE DARTEVELLE     is Belgiums only female harmonica player. She lives in Brussels and plays with numerous blues groups including; Bluesdealers Deluxe, The Excellos, Hobo Jungle, and others. She plays many festivals and is a huge fan of American roots music. 
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    KAZ DELLA ROSA   is from Melbourne, Australia where she has been playing harmonica for nineteen years. She was a founding member of the band, Mojos, with Fiona Boyes. She has won many awards for her playing and was nominated "Harmonica Player of the Year" at the Goulburn Festival. more
    DANA DIXON   Fronted by singer/harmonica player Dana Dixon the band plays a mixture of authentic Texas, Chicago and west coast blues plus superb original numbers. Dana is regarded as one the the best female blues harmonica players in the world by many "who's who" harmonica websites and forums. After Blues legend Lazy Lester heard Dana Dixon play harmonica for the first time he remarked 'That girl is a wizard on that harmonica'.more
    EILEEN DORSEY   played harmonica with her own professional harmonica group, The Harmonica Star Revue, for over 25 years. She continues to teach and play chord, chromatic, diatonic and bass harmonicas. She has made three CDs.  more
    KARIN ELIZABET   plays harmonica in the band, Blue Dawgs.
    NITA ERICKSON    plays harmonica and sings with the band Modoogus in Nebraska.  more

       YVONNE FIMBRES is a well known Marilyn Monroe impersonator, singer, actress, pin-up model and harmonica player in Northern California. She is also known as "Hotlips Harmonica." GO TO HER MYSPACE PAGE
    KATE FREEMAN    is part of the duo Wildsang, two musicians who "sound like a hell of a lot more!" Kate plays harmonica with her guitarist partner Hillary Kay, who is a grand-niece of jazz legend Joe "King" Oliver. Formerly from New Mexico, now residing in Northern California, Wildsang offers contemporary lyrics with down home acoustic sounds. more


    JILL FROMEWICK    plays in the group, Grit Pixies, home based in Asheville, North Carolina. MORE WOMEN IN BLUES
    GENEVA RED   grew up just outside of Chicago. She acted as a child in her parents' acting troupe and was a seasoned performer by her teens. She is one of only a few harmonica players who front their own band and tours extensively all over the world. more
    BOBBI GIORDANO    lives in Florida and plays on the East coast. She designs and builds harmonicas.  more
    MARLA GLEN    is a well known singer, songwriter, and harmonica player. She grew up on the South Side of Chicago, the daughter of a blues guitarist. Her mother was friends with B.B. King. Marla was given a toy harmonica as a child and she was just eleven when she wrote her first song, "Repertoire," a title that has won three gold records and one platinum. Since 1998, Marla has made her home in Heilbronn, Germany.  more
    DEEJAY GOSPER    is a songstress and Australia's Queen of the Blues Harp. From Canberra, she roams down under, singing and playing blues and jazz. Her distinctive harmonica style has developed over the years. Her influences have included Sonny Terry, Jim Conway and Charlie Musselwhite. These days she doesn't try to sound like anyone else--she just plays.  more
    TRINA HAMLIN  grew up in the Midwest, earned a degree in music from Berklee College and graduated to the New York City club scene. She has played at the Newport Jazz Festival and  produced five albums of her own music.  more
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    TIFFANY HARP Tiffany Harp is a traditional American Blues Harmonicaplayer. She was born in Southern Brazil, Itajai, Santa Catarina. She started playing harmonica at the age of 16. A naturally gifted Harmonica Player, she is self-taught, listening to recordings of Blues Players, and has been playing professionally since 2003 and with surprising development, drawing attention to her technical ability and strong footprints of mastery reminiscent of the 1950's and 1960's recordings of Chessand Checker Records (something rare and refreshing today). She has gained popularity worldwide having many loyal fans.
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    LINDY HARPER   is known as the "Kiwi Blues Queen". She is from New Zealand and has been playing guitar, harmonica and keyboards since she was 5 years old. She played with Stevie Ray Vaughan on a New Zealand TV commercial
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    JESSE MAE HEMPHILL   grew up in a musical family in Mississippi. She took up the guitar at the age of eight and moved on to other instruments including the harmonica, drums, tambourine, fife, flute, acoustic and electric guitar, trombone, saxophone, diddley bow, Jews harp, organ & piano. She won several Handy Awards and is an American blues legend.  more

    KATE HENSHAW    lives in Australia and plays in the band Lyrebird. She also acts and plays keyboards, flute, drums, piano, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, and oboe.  more
    LOUISE HOFFSTEN    is a gutsy, hard rocking singer and harmonica player who is a longstanding popular star in her native Sweden--so popular they put her on a stamp! more
    LYNN ANN HYDE  With her partner, Stu Kinzel, Lynn Ann Hyde prowls the Northwest, laying down solid blues harp. Lynn Ann confirms Portland's claim to harmonica fame. She was inspired by another Portland harmonica player, the late Paul deLay. She heard him play and asked him if he could teach her to play. He said, "I dunno--ya got twenty bucks?"  more
    STACY JONES   was born and raised in Seattle. She began playing the piano at four years old. At seven she picked up the guitar and at eight her father started bringing her up on stage to sing with his band -- she hasn't been able to stay away from the stage since. Stacy was introduced to the blues at age 14. At sixteen she started learning how to rip on the harmonica.  more
    JUSTINE   plays in England. 
    TRACY K Tracy K's talents boast seven music awards (including harmonica player of the year), three releases, several guest recordings and highlights that include being the first female in the Toronto Blues Society's Harmonica Workshop; performing at their prestigious Women's Blues Revue; writing a song for a movie; writing a song for CBC's "Canada Reads, Ontario Rocks"; opening for harmonica legend James Cotton and songster Ramblin' Jack Elliot, and sharing a playbill with her first female blues influence Koko Taylor. On tour she's been known to level the joint with her Joplin-esque vocals and killer blues harp . She hails from the top of Blues Highway 61 in Thunder Bay, Canada.   more 
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    DENISE KAUFMAN  A musician since her teenage years, Denise's fingers are at home on the strings of a Hawaiian slack key guitar, electric bass, and blues harmonica. She was a member of the first all-woman rock band "The Ace of Cups" of the 1960s, touring and opening for artists as big as Jimi Hendrix. She was one of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters, and traveled around the country on "The Bus" exploring and stretching the boundaries of her consciousness through the psychedelic adventure. On the walls of her home hang photographs of Denise surfing double overhead waves during the last El Nino that passed through the Pacific Ocean. Denise divides her time between Venice Beach and Kauai, where she can be found surfing her favorite breaks.  more
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    JENNY KERR    is a multi-instrumentalist as well as a poetic and passionate songwriter. She is known for foot-stomping live shows and her powerful voice. Kerr is a skilled player of finger style guitar, claw hammer banjo, harmonica, piano, and dobro. With her band of road-tested rogues, she forays into swamp rock, straight-up soul, backwater honky tonk, and old-time blues. Jenny tours the world and has headlined festivals in  Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Mexico.  download: "When I get Home" 
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    BETH KOHNEN    is a full time blues musician living directly across the bay from San Francisco. She has taken her music to Paris, the South of France and New Orleans. Beth grew up in South Portland, Maine, and spent her early years playing Bach on the piano and climbing trees. At sixteen, her family moved to Pittsubrgh, PA, where she studied piano with a professor at Carnegie Mellon and sneaked into Crawford's Grill to hear live blues and jazz. In 2001, Beth recorded her first CD with Grammy Award winner Steve Freund. In 2005 she began playing at Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco and released her second CD. She released her third album with Blues Award nominee Rusty Zinn in May, 2011.more
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    Beth welcomes email at bkohnenx@yahoo.com.
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    < BEATA KOSSOWSKA   was born during the heyday of the flower power generation and is a true cosmopolitan, multilungual world traveler, singer and harmonica player. She now lives in Germany where she performs and teaches when not touring.  more
    JILL "CHILLY" KURTZ   plays in the band Caged Heat in the Boston area. Chilly plays a mean blues harp. Combined with the punk attitude of her band, it makes for "some of the best new music out there."  more
    JESSICA LAUREN    Sista Wonder, Lady Light, analog keyboardista, harmonica queen, multi-instrumentalist, 5-Star Astro-Navigatrix. Cult figure on the London scene for like 15 years. Favorite place in the world: Out the back with ocean water in the dreads baby, but it been sooo long...
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    TERRY LEONINO    is half of the duo Magpie with Greg Artzner. These well-known folksingers play everything from traditional, classic country, swing, and blues of the 1920s and '30s, to contemporary songs written by themselves and others. Terry and Greg are internationally known for their work in the environmental movement.  more
    CECILIA LoFORTI    is an Iconography Artist, Musician, Feng Shui Practitioner and CERT Certified Emergency Responder for Human and Animal Rescue, who started playing the harmonica at the age of twelve in Italy with her mother. She is a world traveler who has lived in six countries and five states, and traveled to 48 countries and 35 states before landing in Portland Oregon. It is her goal to entertain the "world" with her harmonica in hand! She is known as "Ms Harmonica". When she's not traveling, she is designing in her art studio or working on her band project and writing music! more 
    TERESA "T-BIRD" LYNNE  Teresa "T-Bird" Lynne is a southern gal through and through. She was born in Louisiana and raised as a "military brat", moving a lot and living many places in the Deep South. This gave her exposure to a wide range of blues, soul and gospel music. They say she was playing a harmonica before she could walk. As a teenager, Teresa hit the road, stopping to jam wherever she could and eventually landing in Michigan. After a few years there, she headed south to Nashville and integrated into the city's great music scene. In 1984, she visited Denver and fell in love with the mountains. She was inspired to move to Colorado, where she has become "The Mistress of the Blues", a musical force all along the Rockies.  mistressoftheblues.com
    MICHELLE MALONE    was born in the deep south and listened to her mother sing in the church choir every Sunday. She took the religious roots and mixed in some blues, folk and rock to create her signature sound. Armed with a bottleneck slide, a blues harmonica and a powerful voice, she started performing professionally while in college and now tours and performs more than 150 days a year. She has won many awards including Best Female Vocalist, Best Acoustic Guitarist and Album of the Year.   more
    GUTA MENEZES  is a young harmonica virtuoso from Brazil who also plays trumpet, flugelhorn, saxophone and bagpipe!
    JACKIE MERRITT  is an accomplished visual artist and musician. She plays harmonica, guitar bass and bones in several bands including M.S.G-The Acoustic Blues Trio, Blues Xchange and Miz A & The Freedom Band. Her harmonica is featured on the PBS series "Cultivating Life." She paints, draws and teaches art at several schools. Her series on "Women of the blues" is one blues fans will enjoy.  more
    ELLEN "HARPCHIK" MILLER  has lived her whole life in Chicago. She is a successful real estate agent as well as a down home harmonica player.  GO TO HER MYSPACE PAGE


    SARAH MESSIAS   is from Brazil and another member of the South American group, Mulheres Gaitistas, several young players who love the blues.
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    ZOLA MOON  is a bombastic singer and entertainer who lives in Southern California. Her influences come from blues, blues rock, folk, roots, Janis Joplin & Big Mama Thornton. Her song writing and singing have received rave reviews from magazines, newspapers, radio DJs, and web sites around the world.  more
    DOROTHY MOORE  is a singer/songwriter and multi-Grammy Award nominee who burst into prominence in 1976 with a number one hit, Misty Blue. She is a Mississippi native with 18 albums to her credit. Dorothy took up the harmonica only recently. more
    LINDA MOSS    plays harmonica with the California group, Kelly's Lot, and is involved in many other musical projects. She is highly respected, referred to as one of the "world's most famous female woman harmonica players!" by one enthusiast (her daughter). Linda started playing harmonica professionally at age 15 in Chicago  after playing clarinet, oboe and piano in the Chicago Youth orchestra for several years. Soon, she began playing in Chicago blues clubs and is said to have performed with Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Son Seals and other blues legends.  more
    MULHERES GAITISTAS (Women Harmonica Players) is a group of South American women who play the blues. Members include Sandra Vazquez, Sarah Messias, Maria Barsatto and Natasha Seara.
    OCTAVIA    was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Her first performance on stage came at age five. She began guitar in 1963 and harmonica in 1966 and has never looked back. She majored in painting and sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She calls herself a singer-songwriter-guitarist, but above all a harmonica player. download more
    LIZ PENNOCK began performing professionally as a solo artist in 1975.  Undaunted by what might seem a limitation, Pennock was born minus two fingers on each hand, a fact not evident from the other side of the piano.  She has developed her own powerful ivory-tickling style, inspiring countless listeners.  Pennock’s songwriting ranges from the romantic “My Best Fan” to the rollicking “He Plays the Boogie.”   Liz also plays trombone and was an endorsee for Hohner harmonicas from 1998 thru 2011.
    ROXY PERRY   was a child prodigy. She started out fronting swing bands at the famous Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, New York, and performed her first major concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at the age of nine. Roxy launched her blues career in the late ‘80’s, when she quickly became known for her exciting live performances at clubs, concert halls and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has won many awards including a Grammy nomination.  more
    MATTIE PHIFER  has been performing with bands since 1967 when she and her seventh grade friends formed the Wild Surfs. At age twelve, Mattie was playing guitar and singing songs by the Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Beatles, and other top groups of the 60s. During College in the 1970s, Mattie performed songs from the women's movement with friends who later formed a group named Mama Tried. Mattie then ventured into a more rock/blues oriented group known as the Sensible Pumps, an "all female blues band" of the southeast and toured in the late 1980s. In the '90s, she joined forces with singer Kimberly J. Miller to perform "The Women of the Blues" at the Smithsonian Institute. Currently she plays in the Phifer-Marshall Bandmore
    RACHEL PLAS    is an exceptionally talented young player from France. Her mother taught her to play the flute and she learned the harmonica from a little book. At the age of eight, she began six years of harmonica school. At the age of thirteen, she won her first harp contest. Since then she has appeared at several blues and harp festivals. There are rumors she is also a Judo champion. Rachel is currently studying at the University of Sorbonne in Paris. more
    VICTORIA PURINGTON   lives in the Seattle area where she helps recovering addicts through music. But on weekends you will probably find her playin' the blues!  more
    ANNIE RAINES    is one of the most well-known woman harmonica players in America. With her partner, Paul Rishell, Annie has been blowing up a "storm" along the East Coast and elsewhere for years touring internationally at festivals, clubs, and concert halls; and teaching workshops and seminars. Paul & Annie were featured in the 2007 jug band music documentary, Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost. They have performed on diverse radio and TV shows including A Prairie Home Companion, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and PBS’s Arthur.  more

    PAULA RANGELL   started studying classical music on the clarinet when she was seven. At fourteen, she picked up the harmonica and a growing love of the blues and jazz. This prompted her evolution as a saxophone player. Her band, Paula and the Pontiacs, is a New Orleans band that will rock you with "gut-bucket" blues, classic R&B, and soulful originals. Living Blues magazine says "Rangell is a fine instrumentalist and, more importantly, an effective vocalist who has her timing and delivery down". more
    GENYA RAVAN   is a rock ’n’ roll pioneer. She has single-handedly busted down the male-dominated walls of every facet of the record industry. Being part of the first successful all-girl band, Goldie and the Gingerbreads, she paved the way for bands like Fanny, The Go-Go’s and The Bangles. She went on to front the powerful horn band Ten Wheel Drive, and she has many production credits, including starting her own record label.   more

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  • Lady A
  • Gaye Adegbaloloa
  • Cheryl Arena
  • Pearl Bailes
  • Kat Baloun
  • Mariana Barsato
  • Ingrid Berry
  • Christelle Berthon
  • Big Nancy
  • Little Jenny Bohman
  • Grace Brim
  • Sunny Bryan
  • Stacie Collins
  • Maria Coyote
  • Genevieve Dartevelle
  • Kaz Della Rosa
  • Eileen Dorsey
  • Dana Dixon
  • Karin Elizabet
  • Nita Erickson
  • Yvonne Fimbres
  • Kate Freeman
  • Jill Fromewick
  • Geneva Red
  • Bobbi Giordano
  • Marla Glen
  • DeeJay Gosper
  • Trina Hamlin
  • Tiffany Harp
  • Lindy Harper
  • Jesse Mae Hemphill
  • Kate Henshaw
  • Louise Hoffsten
  • Lynn Ann Hyde
  • Stacy Jones
  • Justine
  • Tracy K
  • Denise Kaufman
  • Beth Kohnen
  • Beata Kossowska
  • Jill "Chilly" Kurtz
  • Jessica Lauren
  • Terry Leonino
  • Cecilia LoForti
  • Teresa "T-Bird" Lynne
  • Michelle Malone
  • Guta Menezes
  • Jackie Merritt
  • Sarah Messian
  • Ellen "HarpChick" Miller
  • Zola Moon
  • Dorothy Moore
  • Linda Moss
  • Mulheres Gaitistas
  • Octavia
  • Liz Pennock
  • Roxy Perry
  • Mattie Phifer
  • Rachel Plas
  • Victoria Purington
  • Annie Raines
  • Paula Rangell
  • Genya Ravan
  • Rochelle Raya
  • Aurea Regina
  • Robin Rogers
  • Judy Rudin
  • Kellie Rucker
  • Rhonda Rucker
  • Nedra Russ
  • Elizabeth G. Schulz
  • Natacha Seara
  • Jane Siet
  • Claudia Sieverling
  • Willow Stone
  • Catriana Sturton
  • Sunny Girl
  • Annette "Miss Harp" Taborn
  • Vikki Thorn
  • Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
  • Marion Turner
  • Lucy Van Sickle
  • Sandra Vazquez
  • Liedewij Veenhuis
  • Minnie Wallace
  • Julie White
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    ROCHELLE RAYA   got her first harmonica at a Sly Stone concert when he threw his harp into the audience and she caught it. It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship with the harmonica. Rochelle has been a heavyweight in the Phoenix, Arizona blues scene for many years. In 2001, she was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.  more
    DIANA REDLIN  is formerly from Montana where she played in the Moonlighters band among others and was highly rated as a harmonica player. She has been playing on stage since 1972 and has opened for Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells and others. A few years ago Diana relocated to Southern California where she also designs jewelry. Several websites display her artistic creations. She hasn't played on stage recently, but continues to jam with friends often.
    AUREA REGINA    an is a musician who plays harmonica and alto flute. She lives in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. 
    ROBIN ROGERS  had a short, but mercurial love affair with the blues. Her powerful voice catapulted her to the top of the charts in just two years. Her second album, Back In The Fire, debuted at #3 on the charts. On December 15, 2010 she received a Blues Music Award nomination for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. Two days later she succumbed to cancer. (btw...she won the award.)  more
    KELLIE RUCKER  discovered the harmonica at the age of twelve. As a teenager she snuck into blues clubs to see the greats. When she was seventeen, she headed west to Denver, where she put together her first blues band, Blues For Breakfast. Later she landed in L.A. and formed a band with Debbie Davies.  more
    JUDY RUDIN  has been playing the harmonica for more than 40 years. Currently she plays with the Front Porch Band out of L.A. more
    RHONDA RUCKER  practiced medicine for five years before becoming a full-time folk musician. She is a versatile performer, singing and playing blues harmonica, piano, and banjo. Rhonda has recorded eight albums with her husband Sparky. Their 1991 release, Treasures and Tears, was nominated for the W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Recording.  more
    NEDRA RUSS   was born in the Bay Area of California and raised in the gold country, where nature and the outdoors inspire her paintings and digital art. Nedra picked up a harmonica at an early age and has never put it down.  more
    ELIZABETH G. SCHULZ  is a naturalized American who emigrated from Scotland with her family in the 1960's. "After finally playing onstage at SPAH in Denver and meeting some especially incredible people, I know I'm firmly on the right path...finally. Music has taken over my life, along with the harmonica playing of the brilliant Jason Ricci" GO TO HER MYSPACE PAGE
    NATACHA SEARA   is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is a member of Mulheres Gaitistas.
    JANE SIET   is an artist-photographer who graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and was a scenic artist for Broadway, operas, movies, and commercials in NYC before moving to So Cal with her husband Mark. She became a harmonic player in 1995 after picking up a harmonica in Mark's studio. Within six months they were gigging together as J J Slim every weekend until 2002 when they stopped gigging, and she stopped playing. Her husband says, "The harmonica was just another expression for her amazing artistic talents." They produced one album titled "One Shining Star." Mark has started gigging again and thinks Jane will join him by and by.  more
    CLAUDIA SIEVERLING   plays the blues around Portland, Oregon.  more

    WILLOW STONE   lives near Seattle, Washington. She hosts a blues jam every week in Everett, which just won the "Best Jam" award at the Washington State Blues Awards. more


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    CATRIANA STURTON    is an Ottawa, Ontario based singer, songwriter and multi- instrumentalist. She has had a prolific career, performing in bands such as Plumtree  and with members of Sloan and Blue Rodeo and many other collaborations. Catriana got her start at an early age when her parents gave her classical violin lessons for eight years. In her teens, while shopping for some fiddle music, she saw a harmonica and bought it. This led to a passion for the Blues. more
    SUNNY GIRL  "When I was three, my parents bought me a Casio keyboard and I was taught the basics. After learning the C Major Scale, my father gave me my first harmonica. He created a system to help me learn where the notes are on the harmonica and he showed me how to play my first song, "You Are My Sunshine". My sister Rockyn’ Robyn is learning keyboards and we are working on material as well. more
    ANNETTE (MISS HARP) TABORN   comes from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she was a vocalist and harmonica player for more than 20 years. Annette co-founded the Kalamazoo Blues Association and served as director of their Blues Festival the first two years, After relocating to Seattle, she currently plays with James Curley Cooke as a duo and in their four-piece band, Blues To Burn. Annette was recently appointed to the Seattle Music Commission.  more
    VIKKI THORN (née Simpson)  is an Australian harmonica player, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, famous as one-third of the folk rock band The Waifs. She lights up the stage with her singing, playing and dancing. more


    WILLIE MAE "BIG MAMA" THORNTON   was and still is the most well known woman player of blues harp in America. She was a robust, strong-willed woman who became famous as a singer and songwriter, but she also played harmonica and drums. Two of her recorded harp solos are; "Your Love Is Where It Ought To Be" and "Big Mama's Shuffle." Watch Big Mama kick butt on these two treasures.more Rock Me Baby
    MARION TURNER   lives in Victoria, Australia. She plays harmonica and sings in the band, Salty Dogmore
    LUCY VAN SICKLE  plays and sings in the Pittsburgh area. Her warm tone and skillful vibrato inspire other harpists. She is also a "vocal powerhouse with a set of pipes that would make an opera star blush." more
    SANDRA VAZQUEZ    began private music lessons at the age of ten and went on to study with many accomplished players such as Lee Oscar. From that early start, she devoted her life to music, giving private lessons and performing at many shows, festivals and recitals. Sandra is a member of Mulheres Gaitistas and is billed as "Argentina's Best Harmonica Player!"  more
    LIEDEWIJ VEENHUIS   lives in The Netherlands where she plays harmonica with Bradley's Circus.  more
    MINNIE WALLACE   played with the Memphis Jug Band and was the mother of Lucille Hegamin. Minnie recorded four tracks of hokum blues with her band. Strangely absent from most lists of blues women and harmonica players, Minnie Wallace’s powerful vocal delivery suggests a tent show background and might even have harkened back to minstrel show days. 
    JULIE WHITE    played harmonica and guitar in and around Hesperia, California. She loved to jam. She passed away, succumbing to cancer, in November 2009.  more

     

     



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