Richie Pollack is a “cross-harp ambassador,” and has recently been named Harmonica Player of the Year for the Calgary Blues Music Association Hall of Fame. He deliberately challenges the stereotype of the diatonic harmonica (blues harp / cross harp) by sharing a variety of styles of music in his performances. You won’t believe what Richie can do with his harmonica! Richie is outgoing, accomplished at his instrument, he’s personable and gregarious but perhaps most importantly: he knows how to have fun with the audience and the band. No wonder he’s been fronting bands and playing with some of the world’s finest musicians for the last twenty years.
Richie has performed with outstanding musicians like Shannon Powell (Harry Connick Jr.), Charlie Wood, Billy Branch and Amos Garrett. He is also the one that gets the call when clients like General Motors, Solomon Skis and Discovery Channel need a killer harmonica player. When you listen to his album “Stew,” you’ll also discover that in addition to his outstanding harmonica chops, Richie is also a great singer. His accolades include a 2006 Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Outstanding Blues Recording, and a performance at the Awards show.
The complete package of harmonica, vocals and the ability to communicate with an audience is a triple threat that insures a memorable experience. It’s as simple as that. Join Richie in experiencing the wide possibilities of harmonica entertainment!