My Harmonicas - A Story of Progress
Peter Martin
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One of my lifetime gifts has been the ability to play my harmonicas. I bought my first harmonica around 1980. I took it out one evening and remember trying to follow someone who was singing the Marine Corp Hymn. I did not do badly but I never picked it up for another 10 years.

I was invited to a 'musicians only' party in 1989 or 1990. To attend the party, one had to bring a musical instrument. I brought the harmonica. Once again, I tried to follow a singer by playing the harmonica. I was told that I was doing well. I started to 'play along' at a few piano bars around Newport, Chicago, and then San Francisco. While living in San Francisco [1991-1998], I studied at the Blue Bear School of Music and took 6 years of piano lessons. By last count, I have now played my harmonicas in more than 100 venues throughout the United States and played the piano in a few.

In March of 2011, the Newport Daily News published an article about my harmonica playing: Have Harmonica, Will Travel

A year later, I met Tom Lanigan, the writer of 'The Ballad of John Gordon' at an event at Patrick Conley's in Providence. I was invited to 'sit in' with his band at that event. Tom liked my harmonica playing and offered me an opportunity to add a track for this recording at their Providence studio in April 2012.

I have played several times with the Tom Lanigan band since then. We have played at at Tara's in Matunuck, Fat Belly's Pub in Wakefield, McBride's in Providence, Tinker's Nest in Warren, Galway Bay and Murphy's Law in Pawtucket, O'Rourke's in Pawtuxet, and Billy Goodes and Fastnet in Newport. We were booked for every Wednesday night during the summer at RiRa's in Providence and the Pawtucket Arts Festival .

I have "sat in" several times with Bob Drouin and the Cumberland, RI based band: Pendragon. We have played at at The Narragansett Theatre by the See in March 2014 and at their Irish Music Festival at Diamond Hill Park in June 2014.

Bob Drouin has also included me in performances of his new bank, the Exiles, the Jamestown Library on St. Patrick's Day [2017] at McBrides Irish Pub in Providence on St. Patrick's Day [2018 + 2019], the Irish Festival at King Park [2018], and the Museum of Newport Irish History annual gala at Easton's Beach [2017, 2018 + 2019].

I have also "sat in" several times with Darren Delaney and his band: Garda.

If you would like to see a partial song list, click here.