Mississippi’s Deak Harp to headline Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival

Deak Harp: Picture: Kim Welsh.
Deak Harp: Picture: Kim Welsh.

Mississippi’s Deak Harp is this year’s headline blues act for the Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival, performing at Kiama Bowling Club on March 10.

Taught by James Cotton, of Muddy Waters band, Deak is known globally for his masterful harmonica playing.

This trip will be Deak’s first time in Australia and in addition to performing at the festival, he will be hosting a 90 minute workshop – revealing the secrets that blues legends including Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite and others have taught him on blues harmonica.

Book the workshop HERE.

Straight from the Mississippi Delta town of Clarksdale USA, Deak knows all things blues, including blues harmonica, guitar slingin’ hill country blues and the techniques of integrating the two together.

Deak will also showcase and explain the tricks behind his integration of harmonica and driving electric guitar, a style he calls “Hill country blues”.

Over the years, Deak has played with multiple bands and has shown his flexibility as a musician in the varying styles of his performances. 

Deak Harp in action. Picture: Reed Radcliffe.

Deak Harp in action. Picture: Reed Radcliffe.

For about eight years, he showcased his innovative one-man show at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Arizona, as well as the Juke Joint Festival in Mississippi.

In 2016, Harp made his Jazzfest debut in New Orleans, where he was given a standing ovation by his audience.

Only a few months later, he delivered an entire week of knockout performances on his European tour in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Harp gives 110 per cent to deliver a high-energy show that you won’t want to miss.

Catch Deak Harp at Kiama Bowling Club on Saturday, March 10 from 9-11pm. Harp will also be hosting a workshop in the Kiama Leagues Club auditorium on Saturday, March 10 from 11.30am-1pm (paid workshop). There is limited seating, so don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.