GALLERY: Harmonica lessons, Sunday

Blues time: Captain Bluetongue at home in his teaching studio, where he's working on a new CD. Picture: Geoff Jones

Blues time: Captain Bluetongue at home in his teaching studio, where he's working on a new CD. Picture: Geoff Jones

If you love the sound of a wailing blues harp, Craig Douglas Lyons — aka Captain Bluetongue — is here to teach you how to make those sounds.

The harp-slinger from North Rocks is offering a beginner harmonica workshop in Castle Hill on May 18.

PHOTO GALLERY: Click here for photos of Mr Lyons in his home recording studio.

"Anyone can play the harp, whether they're eight or 80," Mr Lyons said.

"It's as easy to learn as the ukelele but what it's got over the ukelele is you can stick it in your pocket."

Mr Lyons' passion for the mouth organ developed when as a curious child he'd sneak his dad's instrument from his wardrobe — until Dad caught him.

"I was about 12 and he decided to buy me one next Christmas," Mr Lyons said.

"He used to play old war tunes on his . . . Roll Out the Barrel, the German Polka.

"My introduction to the harmonica was through the Rolling Stones."

He started The Blue Tongue Harmonica School about 15 years ago and he founded the Sydney Harmonica Festival.

His latest CD Exhale On High Street was produced while busking on the streets of Britain.

At the end of May he'll head back to Melbourne for a gig with the other half of The Blues Preachers, Brother John, with whom he's recorded three CDs since 2006.

■ Sunday, May 18, 1.15pm-4.15pm, the Castle Grand, corner Pennant and Castle streets, Castle Hill. Cost: $120 includes a free harmonica and instructional CD. Bookings: http://bluetongueharmonica.com.au.

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