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Juzzie Smith - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2017 - in Katoomba!

Juzzie Smith

A true musical virtuoso with a style that is bluesy/folk/Country mixed into a world of its own. Juzzie gives performances that are marked by an amazing ability to play guitar, harmonica and percussion at the same time using all of his body. "It is like dancing with music," he said. It seems he is at home holding anything that makes a sound, and he combines this with a real rhythmic talent and a raw, warm vocal style. The result is truly engaging, mesmerising music that makes you want to move and leaves you feeling inspired.

So how many instruments does he play? Well, it's a bit more of a matter of what doesn't he play? For a start, he straps eight harmonicas to his belt so he has quick access to the one in the right key. Then there's the guitar, slide guitar and Cigar box guitar, Dan Moi (which is like a jew’s harp but from Vietnam), ukulele, and a range of percussion instruments that is infinite. And he not only sings but has also mastered the difficult art of harmonic singing, producing two tones simultaneously with his voice.

With many of these instruments an integral part of his usual set, it isn’t hard to see that Juzzie has his hands pretty full on stage. Just when you think he couldn't possibly do any more, then comes the ultimate crowd stopper. Percussive Juggling. Try juggling three shaker balls creating amazing grooves and then playing harmonica and beats with feet at the same time. Now this is fun to watch.

Or as Juzzie put it: ‘Percussive juggling allows me to be more playful and connect with the audience in a way that everyone is together and smiling"

Now with the Internet Juzzie has been viewed by over 100 million and placed in the top charts around the world on iTunes. Sold 100,000 CDs and taught over 12,000 harmonica students and now has become a successful composer for film and television.

What’s next for Juzzie? “Just keep having fun learning, experimenting and sharing the Joy of music”.