• Pete Pedersen Lifetime Achievement Award – Nominee (2022) for the US’s SPAH international harmonica convention
• Gold Record: Toronto Blue Jays Theme Song – “OK Blue Jays”
• Two Double-Platinum Record Credits
• Has Been Recorded on Over 1,600 Individual Album Cuts, Movie Scores and National Jingles
Check Out Roly’s CD – Here
Harmonica virtuoso Roly Platt continues to straddle both the live music scene and the international recording world. He has toured and recorded with: David Clayton-Thomas, John Finley, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason, Rita Chiarelli, Suzie Vinnick, Rick Fines and Ronnie Hawkins to name a few.
In 2022, Roly was honoured to receive a nomination for the Pete Pedersen Lifetime Achievement Award – from the US’s SPAH international harmonica organization.
Roly’s original instrumental “Shuffle the Deck” was aired on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the WWE Network (2019)
In the studio Roly has been recorded on over 1,600 individual album cuts, movie scores and national jingles.
Albums (partial list):
David Clayton-Thomas, John Finley, Terri Clark, Susan Aglukark, Marc Jordan, Ronnie Hawkins, Matt Minglewood, Suzie Vinnick, Rick Fines, The Ennis Sisters, George Canyon, Jack Semple, World on Edge, The Stampeders, Cassandra Vasik
Jingles (partial list):
Ford, Chrysler, Labatt, Toronto Blue Jays (OK Blue Jays), Kraft Dinner, Pioneer, The Keg, McDonalds, Budweiser, Oreo Cookies, Shake & Bake
Film / TV (partial list):
US production: “Tankhouse” staring Christopher Lloyd (2020), Ron James (CBC), Kurt Browning (Stars on Ice), Franklin The Turtle, Berenstain Bears, Rolie Polie Olie, Buffalo Girls (mini series) and Bollywood mega-hit – “Delhi Belly”
What Folks Say…
“The most versatile harp player I’ve ever worked with. Blues, Jazz, Country, he does it all.”
– David Clayton-Thomas
“Roly’s playing is confident and lyrical…reminiscent of J.J. Milteau’s earlier recordings and it should certainly appeal to fans of high-end harp looking for something which breaks out of the traditional blues mould.”
– Steve Baker
“I Love your CD !!!!!!!!”
– Mickey Raphael
“Best Recordings of the Year” (Début CD – Inside Out)
– MapleBlues Magazine (Dec. 2014)
“Consummate harp playing…you can practically see the smoke rings every time he puts his lips to the instrument.”
– PopMatters Magazine
“Like Sugar Blue, harmonica ace Roly Platt pushes the instrument’s borders. Like Charlie Musselwhite, Mr. Platt demonstrates that the blues harp can be right at home in a wide range of material without losing touch with the roots… kick-butt and decidedly fresh sounding”
– Roots Music Report (5 Stars)
“There are few who can play the harmonica as well as this world class session harmonica player. If I were to go out and buy just one harmonica album Roly’s “Inside Out” would be it. And I’d sit it comfortably next to such classics as Jimmy Smith and Miles Davis.”
– World of Harmonica
Roly plays Seydel harmonicas
“Your Workshops… so worth the money”
I just want to say again how very much I enjoyed the workshop – so worth the money, and time so well spent!
“Everyone loves it!”
“In my Intermediate Harmonica Course at Niagara College, I include the Harp Wah as part of my gear seminar.”
Max HillierMusic Instructor - Niagara College
I definitely love the Wah Claw!
It’s great! If the Wah was perfect before, now it’s even better!
What a Wonderful Adaptation!
I always wanted to find a way to get the “wah” sound with a mug but got discouraged. This really makes it easy. Thank you!
A great investment!
It (the Harp Wah) arrived this morning and it is brilliant, everything promised and more. It adds a lovely tone to the playing, much better than cupped hands. I would certainly recommend everyone to get one, a great investment.
Sounds Like a Trumpet Mute…
“Very much sounds like a trumpet mute… produces very crisp wah-wahs when you want.”
“It’s just perfect. Fantastic sound and very expressive!”
It’s the best wah sound effect I’ve ever tried – beautifully designed and easy to hold in your hand.
Mathieu Pequeriau (The Celtic Social Club)Harmonica Player: The Celtic Social Club (France)
“Thank you Roly!!
Your workshop was very helpful. It gave me ideas about listening more and not being afraid to play what I am hearing.”
“This is THE sound I’ve been looking for in a cup style wah.”
I just received my Harp Wah, and I already love it!
It’s waaaay more comfortable to use than a coffee or tea cup, plus it’s much easier to direct the sound into a mic. I look forward to recording with it.
Todd ParrottUS Top Gospel/Country/Blues
“Your teaching is deeply appreciated…
I really appreciate the warm, friendly, welcoming and insightful way that you teach your workshops.”
“3rd Position – Demystified” (30 min. Video Lesson) Now available here: “3rd Position – Demystified”