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Frankham Sam Hinton harmonica lessons (8) Sam Hinton harmonica lessons 03 Apr 05

Those who love Sam Hinton will be pleased with this news.


March 31, 2005

Contact: Adam Miller (650) 804-2049


On March 31, 2005, folksinger, author and harmonica virtuoso Sam Hinton
celebrated his 88th birthday.

On Saturday, June 4th, Hinton‚s latest recording, „Sam Hinton ˆ Master
of the Solo Diatonic Harmonica, will be released at the Sam Hinton Folk Heritage Festival in El Cajon, California.

Hinton is, perhaps, the greatest and most innovative non-blues (first position) solo diatonic harmonica players of all time. He is without peer in his use of simultaneous melody, counter melody and moving bass lines on the standard ten-hole diatonic harmonica.

Of the more than 200 songs that Hinton recorded commercially between 1947 and 1992, only two tracks contain any harmonica playing.

„Sam Hinton ˆ Master of the Solo Diatonic Harmonica,‰ is a double audio CD featuring over two and a half hours of tunes and stories, from one of the most respected folksingers in the United States. The astounding harmonica solos on this album include Celtic, American and European folk melodies, reels, jigs, double jigs, airs, fiddle tunes, Yiddish melodies, hymns, hoedowns, and hornpipes.

At the time the studio tracks on this album were recorded (2001-2003) Hinton had been playing the harmonica for over three-quarters of a century. The album showcases vintage live performances recorded at the San Diego Folk Festival, as well as a rare 1937 transcription of the „Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour, featuring a 19-year old Hinton
making his radio debut.

Produced by George Winston and Adam Miller, this beautifully packaged recording contains extensive liner notes, illustrations, photographs and over 120 songs and stories.

„Sam Hinton ˆ Master of the Solo Diatonic Harmonica‰ is available from:

Eagle‚s Whistle Music, P.O. Box 620754, Woodside, CA 94062 (650) 804-2049


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