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Oct. 26, 2020

Jim Hughes interview

Jim Hughes interview
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British Chromatic royalty Jim Hughes joins me on episode 26.

Jim has been playing professionally for over 60 years. From his early success in harmonica competitions, he went on to forge a successful career as a session musician, with countless appearances on the BBC, including playing on the hit TV show, Last Of The Summer Wine. 

Jim set up quite possibly the biggest harmonica festival of all time, The World Harmonica Championship in Jersey, 1987, as well as involvement in other festivals. He has several albums to his name and is a harmonica teacher who has helped guide some real star pupils to go on to achieve great things.

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Roger Trobridge's Archivist site:

Dror Adler Classical Music project info:

Franz Chmel

Ricky Cool:


Ronald Chesney Flight Of the Bumble Bee

Jersey World Harmonica Festival 1987

Philip Achille - The Story So Far, including a duet with Jim (4 mins in):

Jim playing at the NHL event Birmingham 1988:

Audio recording Jim playing at a NHL concert in 1983:

Harmonica Group Jim ran:

Hotcha Trio:

Fata Morgana:

My Funny Valentine, at Jim’s 90th birthday party:

Franz Chmel YouTube Channel:

Podcast website:

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