Kevin Bishop

Blues harmonica teacher and roots/blues guitar player. Leeds UK.

Last update: 2022-05-22

I've been playing roots/folk/blues music on the Leeds grassroots music scene for over a decade. In addition to teaching blues harmonica I perform both solo, and as half of acoustic blues duo The High Hollers.

Solo Performer

I play fingerpicking guitar in the American folk/blues tradition.

A songster in the tradition of Mississippi John Hurt, Mance Libscome, Rev. Gary Davis etc, I play a variety of traditional and gospel tunes, as well as early country songs from the likes of Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams. I have an expressive vocal style providing a unique perspective on classic songs.

Also an expert harmonica player, I pepper my sets with haunting solo pieces derived from traditional material.

For solo bookings/enquiries please email:

Photos taken by Karen Turner at The Small Change Diaries Lullabies for Cynics album launch. My harmonica playing features on the album.

Harmonica Tuition

I travelled to California to study with master blues harmonica player and teacher David Barrett. I'm accredited by him to teach using his methods and materials. I do 1-1 sessions either in person or via Skype/Zoom.

For more information on harmonica tuition please see where there is also a regularly updated harmonica blog. Blues harmonica instruction videos are available on my YouTube channel.

The High Hollers

Since 2009 this guitar and harmonica duo have been playing traditional American music all over West Yorkshire. They have an ecclectic repertoire running the gamut of blues, folk, country, rockabilly, jugband and more. For more information see The High Hollers website.

Upcoming Gigs

Friday July 15th 2022, 21:00
(The High Hollers)
The Polish Centre, Newton Hill Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 4JE
Headlining the ever-popular FRACA (folk/roots/acoustic in Chapel A) night
See flyer
Sunday December 18th 2022, 4pm
(The High Hollers)
The Dorothy Pax, Arch 17, Wharf Street, Victoria Quays, Sheffield, S2 5SY
Playing at the long-running, much-loved Honey Bee Blues Club
See flyer

Gigs cancelled due to Covid.

Sunday July 26 2020, 18:00 (doors)
The Rose and Monkey, 31 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JZ (solo)
Presented by The Esoteric Blues Society.
Saturday March 21st 2020, 20:30
Alley Cats Cafe Bar and Music Emporium, 38 Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4LA. (High Hollers)
Thursday February 26th 2020, 20:00
Bradford Blues Club at Hullabaloo, 41 Westgate, Shipley BD18 3QX (High Hollers)
Saturday March 28th 2020, stage time TBC
(NOTE: Changed from 27th at Leeds Polish Centre)
The New Headingley Club, 56 St Michaels Road, Leeds, LS6 3BG. Benefit for victims of the Austrailian Bush Fires. (High Hollers)
Saturday 18th April 2020,
Details to be confirmed (High Hollers)
Friday 24th April 2020, 20:00
Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre (HEART), Bennett Road, Leeds, LS6 3HN (High Hollers)
Friday 1st May, 20:00
Instrumental at The Polish Centre, Newton Hill Rd, Leeds, LS7 4JE. (Solo)
Friday 8th May 2020
Details to be Confirmed (Solo)
Tuesday 9th June 2020, 20:00
The Fox, 41 Briggate, Shipley, BD17 7BP (High Hollers)
Thursday 2nd July 2020, 21:00
The Packhorse, 208 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9DX. (High Hollers)
Saturday 15th August, time tbc
Shuttle Shuffle Festival, Tapestry Arts, 9 Factory St, Dudley Hill, Bradford, BD4 9NW. Showcase for the Bradford Blues Club. (High Hollers)


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