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Mikael Bäckman

"I love everything about Hohner, the feel, the sound, and the general quality. Plus it's a huge bonus that all my harmonica hereos play HOHNER!"

Mikael has been performing and recording with his harmonica since the early 90’s.

In 1995 he joined blues-band Ramblin’ Minds and has been with them ever since, releasing six albums and touring all over Sweden as well as Finland and Norway. In 2008, Mikael and Ulrika Weinz formed John Henry, a Country / Americana-band that has released three albums and performed numerous concerts in Sweden, Finland, Norway, France, and Switzerland.

John Henry was also a part of MS-Blows!, a collection of various Harmonica players (Kim Wilson, Charlie McCoy, Mickey Raphael, Joe Filisko among others) helping a cause and a friend. John Henry was the only European act on the album. Mikael has masters degrees in Music Pedagogy (2006) and Musical Performance (2017). He is currently working on his PhD in Musical Performance.

Mikael has been teaching the harmonica since the early 2000’s and among his former students are Joel Andersson of JA Harmonicas and Mikael Fall, World Champion in Trossingen 2013. In 2017 Mikael was one of sixteen presenters at the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germay.

In August 2020, Mikael was one of the featured performers at the annual SPAH (the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) convention.

In May 2022, Mikael did a presentation at the Toots Thielemans international conference in Brussels on the diatonic playing style of Toots. In 2022, Mikael published an article on the playing style of Charlie McCoy in the International Country Music Journal.

In 2023, Mikael performed at SPAH in Tulsa, Oklahoma with Mikael Fall in a harmonica quartet with two diatonic harmonicas, bass harmonica and chord harmonica. Awards: 2004 Norrbottens Akademiens Music Award 2006 Nordea Award 2009 Winner, Swedish Championship of Country Music w/ John Henry 2010 Piteå Municipal Culture Award, w/ John Henry 2012 Winner, Swedish Championship of Country Music w/ John Henry.




Instrument Marine Band Crossover, ACE 48, Super 64
Country Sweden, Sweden