Life’s a hoot with harmonica

Ashley Arbuckle (Belmont), James Harwood (South Perth) & Kim Anning (Samson).
Ashley Arbuckle (Belmont), James Harwood (South Perth) & Kim Anning (Samson).

His brother, who was 12 years older than he was, gave him his first harmonica and Harwood said it just came naturally and remembered the first song he ever played was Red Sails in the Sunset.

‘I used to keep it in my desk at Wesley College,’ he said.

‘I was so nervous when I played my first performance that I hid behind the curtain.’

The South Perth resident said after high school he did not pick up his harmonica again until he went off with the Navy to World War II.

‘I didn’t play it, but kept it with me ‘