This is the website for professional harmonica player/maker Brendan Power. Here you'll find my albums, custom harmonicas, instructional material, upcoming gigs ... plus music to listen to, interesting stuff to read and links to click.
I'll always love playing and performing, but am equally engrossed by designing and making harmonicas. The two go hand-in-hand: to play the music I like in the way I want to, I've found the best way is to customise harmonicas in one way or another. All the harps I play are in one of my personal tunings, and
I'm always experimenting with new possibilities.
If you want to skip straight to the music albums, instructional material and custom harmonicas, just follow the appropriate links. Have fun!
August 2016: TWO NEW HARMONICAS RELEASED!
The Lucky 13 is a 4 octave Bass Blues Harmonica, giving the player their
normal range plus a Big Bottom End - all in the one harp! Two harps in one, for a nice price. Watch the video and check out the info.
The AsiaBend is a revolutionary new all-draw all-bending x-reed harmonica. Every note bends down to and up from every other one, to make ANY melody you play on it simply ooze with soul. Check it!
August 2016 - new album PUFNSAW
I'm proud to announce the release of a collaboration album with American Old-Timey fiddler Jane Rothfield - hence the name PUFNSAW (geddit?).
The fiddle style in this swinging genre features a lot of soulful note bending, and I created specialist all-bending X-Reed harmonicas to get
a similar feel. The X-Reed harmonica/fiddle combination sounds fresh but authentic, and I'm really pleased with how it's come out.
If you like roots Americana music of any description, I think you'll love PUFNSAW - check it out!
July/August 2016 - on tour
Brendan is away touring Asia and USA from 24 July until the end of August. The online shop is still open for business but we will not be replenishing stock during this time. Most orders will be sent out as normal
but in some cases, where stock runs out, customers will be offered the choice to wait until early/mid September to receive their items, or accept a different variation of a product for a quicker dispatch - for example we may offer an alternative colour PowerComb if we have run out of the colour ordered.
If during this time you would like to check the availability of a product before ordering, please email us at email@example.com
Summer 2016 - SUMMER HALF-PRICE SALE on all CDs!
I have 21 solo albums available on my website, in many styles: Irish, Blues, Bulgarian, Original, Gypsy Jazz, Swing, Chinese... For this summer, all CDs have been reduced in price from Â£12 to Â£6, including international postage. If you factor in savings from the plummeting British pound, that's a bargain!
April 2016 - New Compact CX-12 DoubleChrom
My latest THS DoubleChrom is based on the popular Hohner CX-12 chromatic, fusing
two of them together in one amazing user-friendly new harmonica that is far more
advanced than any conventional chromatic. The options are limited only by your
Feb/March 2016 - New PowerCombs for Popular Chromatics
I'm proud to announce my first lipped PowerCombs, for the
Hohner CX-12 and ALL Suzuki 12 hole Chromatics.
These feature 3D printed bodies in Advanced and Extreme versiuons, boned on to
laser-cut stainless steel front plates. Superior internal profiling for better
reed response, all working surfaces sanded flat, lots of cool colours to pimp
Feb/March 2016 - New PowerSlide for the Hohner CX-12
I've created a superior slider for the popular Hohner CX-12 chromatic harmonica.
It's a great chrom in many respects, but the stock slider is leaky and noisy. My
custom designed laser-cut slider is hand-sanded to the perfect width and
thickness to bring an amazing jump in performance! Check out the details and the
fitting video here:
January 2016 - Rn'D and RECORDING
Right now I'm perfecting a couple of custom harmonica designs that I intend to
use in a new album. Both Rn'D and music recording take a lot of dedicated time
and focus... So that I can concentrate without extra pressure or distractions
I've de-activated ordering of all hand-made parts and harmonicas until the album
is done, by the end of January.
Normal website service will resume in February, but until then you can order any
of the following:
Paddy Richter Promasters
Irish Session Harps
10-Hole Slide Diatonics
All Books, CDs and MP3s
PowerBender and PowerDraw 10 hole harps
December 2015 - DECEMBER TOUR AND WEBSITE SALE
I am now away touring in Austria with Tim Edey until the end of the year. Whilst I'm away there will be a reduced range of products available on my website, BUT ALL WITH 10% OFF! (The discount will automatically be applied to all December purchases.)
October 2015 - New PowerBender and PowerDraw Harps, Bass Harmonica Progress
My new generation PowerBender and PowerDraw harps are
now available. 5 keys including Low F, improved in important areas, plus lower
price! Go to the '10 Hole Harps' drop down in the Harmonicas tab menu.
Currently I'm in the workshop adapting my unique THS
slider/mouthpiece system to the small Hohner 29 hole single-reed and double-reed
basses. It's quite a challenge, as they tend to be quirky old beasts - but fun!
The complete units will be availbe to buy by mid October to fit to your own bass
harmonica, or via 2-3 approved fitters in different part sof the world.
July 23 2015: Gone Fishing
Greetings Web Visitors! I'm travelling a lot in July/August: in Shanghai for a few days, then at the Seoul International Harmonica Festival.
After a few days home I'm off to the USA for the SPAH harmonica Festival and the Milwaukee Irish Fest.
I'm seeing these trips as a bit of a working holiday after a long stint in the workshop, so ordering links on my website are suspended for the duration. Please return from August 19th if you wish to order anything; in the meantime feel free to browse around, all other links are working.
Hopefully I'll meet some of you in person at one of the festivals - come and say hello!
May 3 2015: Stock Notice
All harps are now back in stock and available for order.
January 2015: 'HARP TO HARP' ALBUM RECORDING IN PROGRESS