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2007/216/1 Harmonica (mouth organ), 'Lee Oskar', steel / brass / plastic, made by Tombo, Japan, used by Paul Kelly, Australia, 2000-2001. Click to enlarge.

Paul Kelly's harmonica

Made
This harmonica was played by Paul Kelly, who is widely regarded as one of Australia's greatest contemporary singer-songwriters, a reputation he has earned over 25 years. His songs show a remarkable talent for telling stories and creating characters in song. As a performer his distinctive voice conveys his lyrics with precision, intelligence and passion. When performing solo, Kelly has often accompanied himself with guitar and harmonica. He demonstrated his skill as a harmonica player …

Summary

Object No.

2007/216/1

Object Statement

Harmonica (mouth organ), 'Lee Oskar', steel / brass / plastic, made by Tombo, Japan, used by Paul Kelly, Australia, 2000-2001

Physical Description

Harmonica (mouth organ), 'Lee Oskar', stainless steel / brass / plastic, made by Tombo, Japan, used by Paul Kelly, Australia, 2000-2001

Silver coloured diatonic (non-chromatic) harmonica. Stainless steel cover plates, plastic comb, brass reed plate. Top has 'Harmonica by Tombo. Lee Oskar TM' engraved. Bottom has 'Tombo. Japan. Lee Oskar' engraved. Back has the words 'Lee Oskar TM', and front has the letter 'A' to indicate the key of the harmonica.

Dimensions

Height

18 mm

Width

102 mm

Depth

29 mm

Production

Made

Notes

Made in Japan by Tombo, 2000-2001.

History

Notes

Owned by Paul Kelly and used by him in performances c. 2000-2001. Lent by Paul Kelly to the Powerhouse Museum for display in the exhibition 'Spinning around: 50 years of Festival Records' in the section looking at Mushroom Records, and subsequently donated by him.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Paul Kelly, 2007

Acquisition Date

17 December 2007

Cite this Object

Harvard

Paul Kelly's harmonica 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 September 2021, <https://ma.as/377102>

Wikipedia

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