My name is Pat Missin and I play the harmonica...
... I also repair, modify and rebuild them, design them, write about them, research their history and teach people how to play them. I have written for countless specialist publications (in three different languages, so far) and I have contributed material to the Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi and to the British Institute of Jazz Studies. I have served on judging panels at harmonica contests in the UK, Europe and the US and given numerous workshops and seminars on all aspects of the harmonica. Rumours that I have a life have been greatly exaggerated...
As a working musician I have performed on a wide variety of instruments in a wide range of genres from folk to reggae to avant garde to pure pop music. I have shared a stage with the likes of Lee Oskar and original Mother of Invention Jimmy Carl Black, as well as opening for acts as diverse as Midge Ure and Rufus Thomas. I have been featured on recordings by singer/songwriters Angie Scarr and Roger Higgins and legendary British composer Basil Kirchin. My own solo CD is still overdue...
I am a member of:
The National Harmonica League
The Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica
Harmonica Collectors International
The Just Intonation Network
I am a graduate of The Silva Method
and an Honorary Member of the Hull Surrealist League
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