[Harp-L] beyond Big River

Winslow Yerxa winslowyerxa@xxxxx
Mon Jun 26 11:05:42 EDT 2017

I've done three productions of Big River. I also played Floyd Collins, a musical about a guy trapped in a cave in 1925 (true story). That one is a far more difficult book. It isn't produced very often.

About two years ago I got a call from the company that had hired me for Floyd Collins. They were looking for someone who could play the guitar and harmonica parts simultaneously to cut costs. This happens to be physically impossible, as you need two hands for the jaw harp and bass harmonica parts (also tambourine). Even without that, the harmonica book and guitar book are booth too demanding to play both at once. And most guitarists who play rack harmonica (of course there are exceptions) are not very good at harmonica.

Winslow Yerxa
Producer, the Harmonica Collective
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Instructor, Jazzschool Community Music School
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From: Robert Hale <robert at xxxxx>
To: "harp-l at xxxxx" <harp-l at xxxxx> 
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 4:26 AM
Subject: [Harp-L] beyond Big River

A few of us in the US are fortunate to have worked harp in productions of

Big River.

I hoped it would be a step to additional opportunities. Appears to have

been a one-off. Two in my case.

Veterans of Big River: Did you get called for harp in any other musicals?

Robert Hale

Serious Honkage in Arizona



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