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An excerpt from the "Story of Bobby & Billy"

The Star Spangled Banner


Bob Hennessy

Restaurant and Health Support Musician



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List of participating Libraries.

Acton Public Library Old Saybrook CT

Bristol Library Bristol CT

C.H. Booth Library Newtown CT

Cross Mills Public Library Charlestown RI

Derby Public Library Derby CT

East Providence Public Library E. Providence RI

Falmouth Library Falmouth MA

Hagaman Memorial Library East Haven CT

James Blackstone Memorial Library Branford CT

Manchester Library Manchester CT

Mystic & Noank Library Mystic CT

North Haven Memorial Library North Haven CT

Snow Public Library Orleans MA

Scoville Memorial Library Salisbury CT

StratfordLibrary Stratford CT

Trumbull Library Trumbull CT

Wells-Turner Memorial Library Glastonbury CT

Wethersfield Library Wethersfield CT

Wilbraham Public Library Wilbraham MA

"The World Of Harmonica"

A Program For Schools, Libraries & More.

In person or on ZOOM


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

Hi Bob,
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

Reference Librarian

Manchester Public Library

Hi Bob!


I heard your program went really well yesterday and that we had a good sized crowd here for you. Thank you so much for putting on a great presentation!


Jenna Anthony
Program Coordinator
James Blackstone Memorial Library
758 Main Street Branford, CT 06405

World Of Harmonica Zoom Sample

"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

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