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