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Rare Early Solo Instrumental Blues Harp Recordings introduced by Joe Filisko.

Rare Early Solo Instrumental Blues Harp Recordings introduced by Joe Filisko.

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Chart positions

This show was 27th in the global blues chart.

Sit back and listen to Joe Filisko introducing 31 solo harmonica recordings from the 1920-30s. The recordings include many examples of train imitations, fox chases and early blues tunes. Joe mentions which harp and key he thinks is the correct one so maybe you will be inspired to play along. Part 2 is now available here -

You may have heard of some of the performers but there will probably be others that are new to you. Most of the recordings are from rare 78rpm shellac records, so be ready for the surface noise. In most cases there are no master recordings and for some of the performances only one or two 78s are known to have survived intact.

Over to Joe.........



This is awesome. My second time listening to it!


Harmonica rarities part 2


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Bernie Cranil

Wonderful tunes ! Thanx JOE

James Day
James Day

I just love this mess.

Mason Dabbag

joe filisko a master of the old style countryblues give here a free big lesson. thanx joe fore share this. joe comes a lotto germany and sometimes more then 2 times in a jear he change a lot in the german and worldwide harpszene becaus on whf and harmonica masters directed by steve baker he reach harppeople and player worldwide. many students came each workshop to see joe and learn from him,a lot of his studens are also is a big family with a lot magic - got a lot more to say........

Deron Cavaletti

loving it!!!!!

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Clive Foreman

Love this .. Thanks for putting it out there.

Deanna Polk

Thank you for capturing this slice of musical history for the rest of us. It like opening a chest full of rare gems.