The moothie (or mouth organ or harmonica) has been played in Scotland since its popularisation. Mouth organ bands were once common and it's still a fairly widespread instrument to be found today. I have started compiling a list of notable players, and I'd be interested to hear of any others that might be added to the list. Email me with any suggestions.
JB "Jimmy" Andrews
Northumbrian, but had many connections with the Scottish scene.
Jim Baker Perth.
Tommy Basker Cape Breton.
Donald Black Benderloch, Argyll. Taught by his mother, also a moothie player, and influenced by Iain McLachlan.
George Current Edinburgh.
Keith Easdale Calasaig
Willie Fraser Aberdeenshire.
Iain Grant Edinburgh.
Alan "Spud" Jenkins Played with Burn the Witch in the 1980s.
Alex Jenkins Fochabers.
Bryce Johnstone Bryce has released at least one album, Bryce and Moothie Combine (1999).
Duncan MacGillivray Battlefield Band.
Iain MacLachlan Well known accordionist who composed The Dark Island. He also played very good fiddle, and moothie too!
Davy Marshall Played and recorded with The Fife Yokels.
Arthur Middleton Aberdeen.
Bobby Reid Played and recorded with The Foundry Bar Band from Arbroath.
Jim Reid Played and recorded with The Foundry Bar Band from Arbroath and solo.
Neil Scott Edinburgh. Plays with the duo Hoolet, on which . Their CD has two tracks of moothie playing on it.
Web site: www.hoolet.co.uk
James Thurgood Canadian Maritimes (Nova Scotia). Playing since childhood, James Thurgood plays a mixture of Scottish, Irish and Old Time melodies.
CD: Handy Little Rig
Eddie Wallace Glasgow.
Mitch Watson Maud, Aberdeenshire. Started playing at 4 years old and has toured with various bands over the years. Played at many clubs; was part of the Bothry Ballads during the late 1950s.
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