Kerrville Folk Festival Harmonica Workshop

June 5-7, 2023. Director Roy Roy Parnell is joined by PT Gazell, Ronnie Shellist, assisted by Michael D’Eath, for 3 days of instruction for intermediate to veteran players. Fee includes the class, a special KFF T-shirt, lunches each day, and may include admission to the Festival if you are not already in attendance at the Festival.

For workshop details, click here.

For more information and tickets, go to the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation website.

Note: SPAH members receive a 10% discount by using the code SPAH10 when registering.

Price is $450 including Festival admission for 3 days, or $375 for those without festival tickets.

Please join this longstanding workshop, amazing instructors, the campground music, fabulous nightly concerts and camaraderie!

Harpfest in May

There is a harmonica workshop taking place in Helen, GA this May 17th – 21st. Hosted by Rob Paparozzi, Jason Ricci, and Todd Parrott, Harpfest is an amazing opportunity to learn from some of the greatest players in the world! For more information and registration, please email!

“Xpression” – Hohner’s Latest Chromatic Harmonica

This just in from SPAH Platinum Sponsor, Hohner.


Hohner’s new “XPRESSION” chromatic harmonica, available for purchase on April 3rd, offers new technical features and musical capabilities, lending to an expressive and comfortable performance for beginners and advanced players alike.


Made in Germany, the “XPRESSION” was designed to exhibit excellent playing capabilities while
maintaining comfortable handling. The instrument includes a CNC-milled stainless steel
mouthpiece with excellent gliding properties and integrated precision slide to provide maximum
comfort for the performer, ergonomically shaped stainless steel covers for comfortable handling,
a sound-optimized ABS comb for durability in a wide variety of climatic conditions, reedplates
manufactured to prioritize maximum air tightness and precision-machined brass reeds capable
of supporting heavy use.


“The stainless steel mouthpiece meets the high standards of professionals for playability and
performance” said Hohner Harmonica Brand Manager Jimmy Zednik. “The Xpression is priced to
appeal to players starting out, while the design, materials, construction, and durability make it an
instrument that will last as players progress to higher playing levels.”


Of note, the Xpression is valved, and straight-tuned. SPAH intends to publish a review of the instrument in an upcoming issue of Harmonica Happenings . Yvonnick Prené  is featured on the packaging for the Xpression, and and you can watch Prené demonstrating and speaking about this new model on the Hohner website. The launch of this instrument coincides with the International Chromatic Harmonica Competition in Hong Kong (see the earlier SPAH News story).


Follow this link for the technical information: Hohner Xpression


The Hohner Xpression’s pricing is expected to be MSRP $315 and MAP* $228.99. You can place your advance order for your new Hohner Xpression at HARMONICA GALLERY SALES REPAIR AND STUDIO , Rockin’ Ron’s, and other Hohner dealers.



Here is a review of the new instrument from Musical Merchandise Review


*Manufacturer’s Minimum Advertised Price

The Passing of “Harmonicoot” Bud Gardner

Bud Gardner
Nov. 1, 1934 – March 16, 2023

There will be a Celebration of Life for Bud Gardner to be held on April 16, 2023, at Sierra Pines, Sun City Roseville, from 1:00 pm to 4 p.m.

Bud and his fellow Harmonicoots (of almost 60 members) hosted a wonderful SPAH Convention in Sacramento in 2009. He will be sorely missed by us all.


Upcoming Event: International Chromatic Harmonica Competition in Hong Kong

Join us in “The 1st Hong Kong International Chromatic Harmonica Competition” (HKICHC) between 3 April and 9 April 2023 and participate in the series of vibrant and exciting fringe activities from competitions, concert, master classes, workshops, open stage performances to exhibition. Among them, we are offering free and discounted tickets to two highlighted activities, respectively the HKICHC – Final and the Master Concert: The Evolving Harmonica.

Moreover, we can arrange a “Competition Audience Pass” for you so that you can enjoy all the other stages of the competition for free.

Please get back to us to reserve your tickets by filling in the online form on or before 15 March 2023. Should you have any other enquiries, please email (  or WhatsApp (+852 91638829) Ms. Rainbow Tam for facilitation.

Please also help to spread the news to your harmonica circle.

We look forward to welcoming you to join us in this unprecedented harmonica event!

Hong Kong Harmonica Association