Joel spent an afternoon in the studio and recorded all tracks in one take, no overdubing or editing was done before mastering. Hopefully this recording will inspire more people to play harmonica and to play Irish music on the harmonica. The following customized harmonicas were used: Hohner Rocket, OctaHarp & XB-40. Born in Piteå, a small town 200 km south of the Arctic Circle in the north of Sweden, Joel Andersson got his first harmonica at the age of 2.
By age 13, he heard Rick Epping play an Irish jig on the harmonica and immediately set out to learn and play traditional Irish music. In 2014 he finished in third place at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEiréann. And in 2017 he made it to 2nd place (only 0,33 points from 1st!) at the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen. The goal of making a completely unaccompanied album was for the listener to hear all details of the playing, with drones, chords, octaves and more. An effect of “doing unaccompanied” was that he spent a single afternoon in the studio and recorded all tracks in one take, with no overdubbing or editing. Along with the music, his interest and skills with the mechanical side of the instrument, have led to him becoming a highly skilled harmonica technician offering custom made harmonicas as well as repair work. He is one of the 7 Hohner affiliated customizers in the world. It is his hope that this recording will inspire more people to play the harmonica - and to play Irish music on it.