I recently discovered Aiden N Evelyn, an award winning harmonica duo from Malaysia. Comprised of Aiden Soon and Evelyn Choong, founders of Fresco Harmonica, a world-class harmonica performing group, they have successfully won Double World Harmonica Champion twice in Germany's World Harmonica Festival.
Both being educated to degree level in contemporary music, they can play a range of harmonicas, as well as piano, which they put to good use in their amazing harmonica covers on their Youtube channel.
I love that they cover contemporary numbers, like Bruno Mars' Just The Way You Are (the first video of theirs I discovered), Jessie J's Price Tag, and John Legend's All of Me, which is a beautiful ballad.
Somehow they manage to convey emotion and meaning through their playing of the harmonica, a musical instrument often assumed to be a small, insignificant child's toy. But these two artists show it is a beautiful instrument, with great versatility, able to perform a whole range of tunes and emotions. Their music inspires me to want to pick up my harmonica again and relearn how to play it. Something so small that it could fit in your back pocket, can bring so much joy.
Here are Aiden N Evelyn performing another favourite of mine, a cover of Train's Hey Soul Sister. Such a happy and upbeat song, definitely one to enjoy with the summer sun we're suddenly experiencing here in England. Enjoy!