Win Nick’s PC Voucher [Extended]

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Thank Federico it’s Friday.

To ease you through the weekend, let’s have another music competition.

This week I want to know what’s your favourite song featuring a harmonica and the reason why you like it?

Here’s mine.

Reply below to be in with a chance of bagging yourself a €20 Currys PC World voucher redeemable in any Currys store.

The winner will be chosen by my roadie.

Please include video links if possible.

Lines close on Saturday at 11am.

Nick says: Good luck!

Last week’s winner here

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98 thoughts on “Win Nick’s PC Voucher [Extended]

  1. Andy Pipkin

    The sublime Miss Emmylou Harris, with the beautiful Can You Hear Me Now, like Cash her vocals just got better with age, but the brilliant harmonica in the middle of the song is just gorgeous and brings the song to a whole new level!

    https://youtu.be/x8bkG-MP-80

    Enjoy!
    I’ll be back in a bit, happy Friday!

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  2. Janet, chatty mammy

    for my Da, got to hug him for the first time in a year yesterday,
    Willie Nelson, Don’t let the old man in
    https://youtu.be/CG_7WxzNl5Y

    Don’t let the old man in
    I wanna live some more
    Can’t leave it up to him
    He’s knocking on my door

    I knew all of my life
    That someday it would end
    Get up and go outside
    Don’t let the old man in

    Many moons I have lived
    My body’s weathered and worn
    Ask yourself how old you’d be
    If you didn’t know the day you were born

    Try to love on your wife
    And stay close to your friends
    Toast each sundown with wine
    And don’t let the old man in

    Many moons I have lived
    My body’s weathered and worn
    Ask yourself how old you’d be
    If you didn’t know the day you were born

    When he rides up on his horse
    And you feel that cold bitter wind
    Look out your window and smile
    And don’t let the old man in

    Look out your window and smile

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    1. Junkface

      Really nice song. I don’t know much about Willie Nelson’s albums, he must have dozens of great ones. Some artists just ooze charisma.

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    1. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

      Winner!. I’m a big fan of the Feelgoods, so practically any track by them will smash the others out of the park. Lee Brilleaux, lived up to his name, R.I.P.

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    1. Fergalito

      Wow…yes!

      Father John Misty did an ace cover of it at The Workman’s years ago when people were allowed to breathe in each others’ carbon dioxide..

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  3. Stephen Moran

    With masterly mournful harmonica by Belgian jazz great Toots Thielemans, John Barry’s final theme from Midnight Cowboy which plays us out and closes that remarkable film with Dustin Hoffman’s Ratso dying in the arms of Joe Buck, a young Jon Voigt in a memorably poignant final scene. If you wanted to explain to someone what the word “melancholy” means, play them this timeless tune which encapsulates the vibe of the whole movie

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOZYT8nX2X4

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      1. Clampers Outside

        Not if you scroll up from the bottom … which I tend to do on these posts :)

        Great choice, both of ye!

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  4. Stephen Moran

    With masterly mournful harmonica by Belgian jazz great Toots Thielemans, John Barry’s final theme from Midnight Cowboy which plays us out and closes that remarkable film with Dustin Hoffman’s Ratso dying in the arms of Joe Buck, a young Jon Voigt in a memorably poignant final scene. If you wanted to explain to someone what the word “melancholy” means, play them this timeless tune which encapsulates the vibe of the whole movie

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGORPUzLxtU

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  5. Fergalito

    Rory Gallagher, Bela Fleck and Mark Feltham (harmonica) doing a spine-tingling, shiver inducing medley live at the Montreux Jazz festival fadó fadó – Amazing Grace / Walking Blues / Blue Moon of Kentucky. It’s on the “Wheels within Wheels” compilation but the link below is the live footage.

    Story goes that Bob Dylan had agreed to close out with Gallagher but bottled it. The then 17/18 year old Bela Fleck (who had never played with Gallagher before) was drafted in at the last minute. You can see the two of them figuring each other out at the start, throwing the melodies and riffs back and forth until they whip the thing up into a right lather. Mercy ! Feltham peppers the 10 minutes with little bursts of harmonica before getting his own turn in the spotlight. Might not technically be the absolute definition of “harmonica” per the theme but any excuse to share this is enough of an excuse ….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf6RRASIU7A

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  6. Gorugeen

    My favourite tune featuring the harmonica is Paradise City by Guns ‘n Roses. The intro says “hey you, listen up” and then it explodes and keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Guaranteed to drive stadia of sweaty rockers wild. I linked to a live version because I reckon this song is a trademark stadium anthem.
    https://youtu.be/12yEZsXt0oI

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  7. Henry Porter

    Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters.

    https://youtu.be/U5QKpsVzndc

    The Blues was originally a folk music but when Muddy Waters moved to Chicago and plugged-in his guitar, he basically invented rock music.and His early recordings are the template on which most of rock music is based. The star on this recording, though, is not the guitar but the harmonica. Little Walter plays the harmonica and it is probably the most famous riff in the blues. It has been copied countless times on guitar by so many of the great rock guitarists.

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  8. scottser

    https://youtu.be/GtRxJDb3vlw
    The king of harmonica, Sonny Boy Williamson with ‘keep it to yourself’.
    Its not his suave sophistication or his easy grace. Its not his skill or his unlimited chops. For me, it’s his articulation despite his lack of teeth that makes me grin.

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  9. Unreal

    Very good choice from Stephen Moran and congratulations on your win last week !

    I’m going to run you a bit closer with this one I think
    The sublime Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart with the incredible Stevie Wonder on harmonica, just when you think this song can’t get any better …

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TlGXDy5xFlw

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      1. benblack

        Sorry, scottser, I’m a true republican and patriot.

        As Bono quoted in one of his songs, “Every poet is a thief” – never more apt to your hero Dylan.

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        1. scottser

          ‘Steal from one man they call you a thief. Steal from everyone they make you the king’
          Bono hasn’t had an original thought since 1985.

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    1. Clampers Outside

      Saw him play once in a pub in Ballsbridge… and when he broke into a harmonica solo less than six feet from where I sat I was totally taken by it, mesmermised. A master of the harmonica for sure :)

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  10. CapernosityandFunction

    The Smiths – Still I’ll

    https://youtu.be/k8geJf18Lx0

    Dave Fanning had “Oh Well” I wanted “Still Ill” for the harmonica and the harmonica alone. Not all versions featured the harmonica but this one on a “Hatful of Hollow” did. If I ever do get my own radio show I’m still using it.

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  11. Otis Blue

    “ I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna, I was blowin’ sad while Bobby sang the blues…”

    As he says himself in the intro – if it sounds country that’s what it is, it’s a country song.

    Kris Kristofferson – Me and Bobby McGee

    https://youtu.be/97sY6j-CHu0

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    1. benblack

      The Black Crowes were my go to band, back in the day, when music meant something and was actually good.

      Others call it the nineties.

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      1. Ben Madigan

        Particularly 1990-1995 :)

        There isn’t a bad track on that album, one I used to have on repeat back in the day.

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  12. Verbatim

    Doctor “The scan revealed that your willy is the shape of a saxophone”
    Man “I know, it’s a family trait – all our family has genitalia shaped like musical instruments”
    Doctor ” I’ve only ever seen this once before, many years ago I examined a lady with a fanny like a mouth organ”
    Man “That’s our Monica…”

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  13. Donald McCarthy

    Surely the 45 minute harmonica classic by Doomerati Symphony on their glam-rock classic must win? Especially as Bleeding Gums McCarthy would die just as the song ended. The band had taken too literally his song titling and now no one will ever hear the classic “I’d like to see you try and shove this harmonica up my hole”.

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  14. Johnny

    Townes Van Zandt recorded No Deeper Blue,in Limerick with Irish musicians.

    He died a year later,the Cowboy Junkies had toured with Townes ,he this wrote and recorded this song for them.

    Townes Van Zandt – COWBOYS JUNKIE LAMENT.

    https://youtu.be/d-jlRPIGgfM

    -at my window by Townes has some great harmonica playing by Willie Nelson’s harmonica player Mickey Raphael.

    https://youtu.be/M7A5kkJG_YI

    have a great Sunday.

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