Brendan Power Profile

Kerry Doole
16 May 2016

While studying for an arts degree at Canterbury University in the mid-1970s, New Zealand-raised Brendan Power went to a concert that changed his life. At a 1976 Christchurch show by veteran American blues duo Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (regular visitors to NZ back then), Power was so blown away that he began blowing away on a new instrument, the harmonica.

It was the first step on a fascinating musical journey that has seen Power score international acclaim, not just for his playing but for his creative innovations on the instrument itself.

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Brendan Power and Tim Edey - three Kerry polkas (2015)
Brendan Power with Marko Balland & Mathieu Pesqué - Harmonica Man (Paris, 2014)
Brendan Power & Jane Rothfield - Midnight On The Water (2016)
3D printed harmonica combs created by Brendan Power
Brendan Power performing with Chris Priestley at the Whare Flat Folk Festival, 1985
Brendan Power with Stevie Wonder
3D printed harmonica combs created by Brendan Power
Brendan Power in the 1990s
Brendan Power & Jane Rothfield - Cumberland Gap (2016)
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Brendan Power with Stevie Wonder
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Brendan Power performing on Dixie Chicken with Working Holiday (1987)
Brendan Power & Anne-Marie O'Farrel - The Humours of Tuaimgréine (2015)
A 3D printed harmonica combs created by Brendan Power
Tim Edey and Brendan Power - Exhalaration (2015)
Brendan Power in Guwahati, India
Brendan Power contemplating the Hohner CX-12 harmonica 
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Brendan Power with Wayne Gillespie, Ireland, 2009
Brendan Power - Nuages (2009, WOMAD NZ)
Tim Edey and Brendan Power - live showreel
Brendan Power - Didgeriblues (2009, WOMAD NZ)
Brendan Power With Billy Ebeling, Kansas, 2010
Brendan Power & Anne-Marie O'Farrel - Give Me Your Hand (2015)
Brendan with the Suzuki team during his time working for the company
Brendan Power and Gary Verberne, New Zealand, 1990
Brendan Power in Guwahati, India
Brendan Power with Luke O'Neill and Greg Sheehan, Brisbane, 2003
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Brendan Power - The Onion Blues (2009, WOMAD NZ)
Brendan Power with Gary Verberne, 1990
Brendan as soloist with the Paul Mauriat Orchestra, Japan
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Brendan Power with Andrew White in 2009
Brendan Power, 2014
Brendan Power & Jane Rothfield - A Misty Wednesday Morning (2016)
Labels:

Jayrem


Candyrat


Corner Music


Indigo Recordings