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"The World Of Harmonica"
A Program For Schools, Libraries & More!
The harmonica is a worldwide instrument voicing the music of hundreds of cultures. And one simple reason could be its SIZE. It fits in your pocket like a cell phone. What has intrigued many in the music community is its ability, when played by masters, to encompass all genres of musical style with not just credibility but with critical acclaim. From Classical to Jazz to Near Eastern to Irish to Blues to Country etcetera. The list grows day by day.
"The World of Harmonica" program is an effort to expand the awareness of the instrument. Using Story Telling, Historical Facts and playing the instrument in many styles Bob Hennessy tells the story and plays the music that will open your ears and minds to "The World of Harmonica". The program includes a Power Point presentation as well.
His fast paced program is both entertaining and educational. The all ages show will delight and perhaps even move you to try the instrument once again.
I heartily endorse “Bobby and the Gadgets!”
Terry Alan Crescimanno Adult Services Librarian Cromwell Belden Public Library
Thank you again for performing yesterday. Here are the comments from our evaluation cards for your file:
Rated 10 out of 10: history of the instrument, old “popular songs you played, your performance with the background music, LOVED the little demo he did of the African-American jazz blues.”
Rated 10 out of 10: “I Like the sound of Hank Williams and White Christmas on the harmonica.”
Rated 10 out of 10: “Love Night Train”
Rated 10 out of 10: “ The musicianship and blend of history and music.”
Nicole B. Cignoli, MLS Welles-Turner Memorial Library Glastonbury CT
Very positive feedback on your program. It was a very entertaining! Thanks for the concert.
Joan Nagy Reference Librarian Simsbury Public Library Simsbury, CT
Bob Hennessy's "World of Harmonica" program is terrific - very informative, lively, and entertaining! A diverse crowd of men and women, young and old attended--and EVERYONE smiled widely and enjoyed learning about the harmonica and its history. The highlight was hearing Bob masterfully play in various musical styles. One woman enthusiastically said, "That was the one of the best programs the library has ever had!" And I agree.
Julie T. Rio
Adult Programming and Community Services Librarian
Wallingford Public Library
I enjoyed it and learned a lot!
Thanks again for coming.
Michelle Y. D'Aiuto
Manchester Public Library
"World of Harmonica" Videos
Full Program - 1 hour 12 minutes
Wallingford CT Library July 2018
World Of Harmonica Program Bob Hennessy Bio - 2 minutes
Torrington Library - 6 minutes
Two song examples from the 1930's.
World Of Harmonica Program Orange Blossom Special - 3 minutes
The Story of Bobby & Billy - 9 min.
A friend offers advice to help save face.
World Of Harmonica Program Stephan Foster - 2 minutes