Choke the Tone

Mouth Organ Ephemera Left: Albert’s Boomerang Mouth Organ Tricks & Effects Booklet (1928) Right: One of the tricks inside. Picked up this booklet for a song the other day. Playing the Blues was a bit of a novelty trick back in 1928. Why is it so? Henry Whitter was playing cross harp blues back in … Continue reading Choke the Tone


Here It Is! Doug Dawson, Canadian super collector, has done it again! He has discovered the Jazz Master Chromatic - it exists! There folks in all of its glory - in a lovely blue container. Where would you think Doug picked up this late 1930’s rare Aussie classic? You’d be wrong, ‘twas Sweden. For more … Continue reading Jazzamatazz

The Dog Went Nuts!

Shep’s La Traviata The Box top sticker for my model. Several years back I picked up this La Traviata mouth organ for a couple of bucks from The Amazing Mill Markets in Daylesford, Victoria. It was nothing fancy, but a model I wasn’t familiar with. I certainly had no plans to write anything about it … Continue reading The Dog Went Nuts!

Vale Peter Green

Vale Peter Green (born Peter Allen Greenbaum, 29 October 1946 – 25 July 2020) Sad to hear the news that all time great guitarist, songwriter and harpist Peter Green passed away today. As listeners to my former radio program would testify he often featured with my favourite tune of all time The Green Manalishi (With … Continue reading Vale Peter Green

R.I.P Tony Joe White

Hello Riff Raffers, Sad news. Tony Joe White, the 'Swamp King' has passed away. An amazing songwriter with a unique deep and raw vocal. He was an accomplished harp man, who had this impeccable ability of putting the right riff in the right song in the right place. R.I.P Tony. I’m posting a cover of … Continue reading R.I.P Tony Joe White

Crystal Captured Chris

Hey Riff Raffers, I wanted to post a wee tribute to one of my favourite harp men, Chris Blanchflower. Sadly he passed away earlier this year. Chris developed a harp style all his own. In the upper octaves it was both sweet and pure. Today it would probably be known as upper octave extension. Chris … Continue reading Crystal Captured Chris

R.I.P Lazy Lester

Sad news Riff Raffers, Lazy Lester passed away on Wednesday in Paradise, California aged 85. In 2012, Lazy Lester along with good friend Slim Harpo (posthumously) were inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame. His career commenced rather miraculously after sitting next to Lightnin’ Slim on a bus travelling to Excello studios in 1956. He replaced … Continue reading R.I.P Lazy Lester