Review - Martín Poblete

Martín travelled all the way from Chile to Sweden to learn to play Irish music on the harmonica.

"Having lessons with Joel has been one of the greatest learning experiences for me as a musician. For the two months I was under his mentorship he helped me fixing the bad and exploiting the best, always taking my own interests into consideration. One of the things I liked the most about Joel was his care about how I was feeling through the classes. At the beginning of every lesson he would ask me to play the tune we were studying that week, and before giving me his feedback he always asked me to give my own opinions about my playing. He encouraged me to develop self critique and gave me the tools to keep growing up as a harmonica player after we finished our classes.
And besides that, he really is a world class player, and such a nice and easy guy."

Musician & Teacher

Joel got his first harmonica at the age of 2 and began playing professionally at the age of 13. His interest for the technical part of harmonicas quickly became bigger and bigger. Today he builds some of the finest harmonicas in the world, cooperating with the world leading harmonica brand Hohner.

Joel is also regarded as one of the finest harmonica players in the world, specialising in Irish music. He has won prestigious titles in many music competitions, 3rd place at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil 2014 and an astonishing 2nd place world harmonica championships 2017. He has toured and given harmonica workshops in many countries from the cold and dark north of Finland, Germany, Scandinavia to Greece, Canaries, England and Ireland.

2018 he released his debut Solo album “The Irish Harmonica” which have been featured in radio stations in Los Angeles, USA to Galway in Ireland and Germany, Netherlands etc.

In 2022, together with the Harmonica School Berlin, we launched a complete online course on how to play Irish music on the harmonica:

People are travelling from all over the world to learn Irish music on harmonica by Joel, people are coming all the way from Chile, USA, Australia, South Korea to Sweden to learn his style of playing.

Joel gives workshops and lessons for beginners and for people who want to expand their knowledge about their instrument. Everything from private Skype lessons to larger group lessons at conferences and such.