Harmonica -- Fiddle Style -- CARA COOKE
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Howdy! My name is Cara Cooke. I am a fiddle-style harmonica player living in Austin, Texas. (While I play other styles of harmonica as well, I specialize in a single note fiddle-style harmonica.)

I play a great deal of bluegrass music, but I also play some jazz, blues, country, Irish, classical, etc., as well. My harmonica is essentially a fiddle with reeds, instead of strings and a bow.

I have been playing fiddle-style harmonica for 25 years or so and am interested in sharing information with other players with similar interests. I am a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the Central Texas Bluegrass Association (CTBA), the Bay Area Bluegrass Association (BABA), and the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH). I am one of the songwriters of American Heritage, and I currently play for RedEye, Manchaca All-stars, and the Blazing Bows. I also occasionally play for the Ledbetters, the High Stakes Rollers, Wyldwood, and anyone else who desires my harmonica talents, my vocal harmony talents, or who needs a mandolin player, a guitar player, or an upright bass player.

If you wish to contact me, e-mail me at harmonica@mailcity.com.
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Playing harmonica with the Two High String Band at the Old Settlers Music Festival, Dripping Springs, Tx. (April 2000) --photo by Jim Dirden
Harmonica Workshop:
Well, you missed the last Bluegrass Harmonica workshop at the Old Settler's Music Festival (Dripping Springs, Tx.), but they are getting ready for the next festival and they are considering giving another Bluegrass Harmonica workshop at the next festival. Stay tuned...

The music world has lost a harmonica legend. Lonnie Glosson (93), known as the "talkin' harmonica man", died of congestive heart failure Friday, March 2, 2001, in Arkansas. From the 1920's to the 1950's he traveled the country playing the harmonica in shows and on the radio, including a bit on WLS Radio (Chicago) and the Grand Ol' Opry. He later even found himself on the 1970's television show, "Hee Haw". With his harmonica playing partner, Wayne Raney, he wrote the song, "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me." Lonnie's composition "Matthew 24" has been recorded by both Kitty Wells and George Jones.
Lonnie: We are going to miss you.

Camp Bluegrass (with Bill Keith, Alan Munde, Wayne Shrubsall, Roland White, Adam Granger, Steve Kaufman, and more) and Swing Camp (with Slim Richey) are coming up in a few months. They will be held on the South Plains College campus during the same week. With instruction, room, and board totaling less than $500, you can take an economical vacation for a week and learn about your favorite music or instrument at the same time! They are worth the trip! Try them out! (see link below)

Catch the Manchaca Allstars at their home venue (the Manchaca Firehall) every 2nd Friday of the month: 7:30 pm.-10:30 pm. (when the cows go home). We take requests - especially if they are for a harmonica tune!

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