Saturday, January 9, 2010
The Tahora Diaries - Brendan Power
Brendan plays the harmonica - boy - does he play the harmonica.
A Kiwi now based in the UK Brendan is acknowledged by many as one of the most creative, skilled & versatile harmonica players around today. That's him running a harmonica workshop at Tahora [next to the washing machine!!]
He has recorded fifteen solo CDs to date, in a wide variety of musical genres.
Since he moved to Britain in 1992, Brendan’s eclectic skills and sympathetic ear have made him an in-demand session player, leading to live and recording work with artists such as Sting, Van Morrison, Kate Bush, James Galway, Paul Young, Shirley Bassey, John Williams, Mike Batt and many more.
His playing is also heard on many Hollywood movie soundtracks (eg. the 2008 Oscar winning soundtrack for 'Atonement'), and BBC TV series.
He’s featured on the internationally-syndicated Jools Holland Show and has toured worldwide, performing in venues such as China’s Great Hall of the People and The Kremlin.
In addition to his Pop, Jazz & Blues skills, Brendan is an expert player of Irish traditional music (winning the 1993 All Ireland Title), and performed for three years as soloist in the Riverdance Show. He has recorded with well-known Irish artists such as Donal Lunny, Altan, Paul Brady, Arkady, Artie McGlynn, Mary Black and others. A respected harmonica technician & customiser, Brendan is employed by Suzuki Musical Instruments Co. of Japan as their International Harmonica Specialist. You can check him out at http://www.brendan-power.com/.
In spite of all that fame he is a really nice guy and I got to play with him - and Wayne. Yeehaaaa!!
Here's the evidence.