My name is Mark Earley and I've been playing harmonica ever since I bought an $8.00 Marine Band and a Howlin' Wolf record entitled "Real Folk Blues" back in the late 1970s. I've had the pleasure of learning from some very cool elder statesman of harp like "Earring" George Mayweather, Junior Wells, and Watermelon Slim, among many others. I love ALL forms of music and am currently learning how to play Irish music on harmonica.
I may be the only person I know who received a full scholarship for college based solely on his harmonica playing. My audition piece was a Bach flute sonata.
Now is truly a great time to be a harmonica player, as there are many amazing players out there willing to share their knowledge and expertise. The harmonica is finally being taken seriously and getting the respect it deserves. It's also being taken in wonderful new directions by some very talented musicians--many of whom are members of this site. I'm glad to be a part of that.