About Tony Eyers

Harmonica Academy was created by Tony Eyers from Sydney, Australia.

Tony started harmonica in the 1970's, inspired by Jim Fitting while studying at Yale. After graduating he returned to Australia and became a well known blues player, fronting Adelaide's leading blues band for many years. He also played bluegrass, which he first heard in the US. He developed a new harmonica style, based on the fiddle tunes in bluegrass and Irish music. His CD "Black Mountain Harmonica", which showcases this style, has been well received by harmonica players worldwide.

"Black Mountain Harmonica is a relentless acoustic onslaught of wonderful sparkling traditional fiddle music played with consummate skill and competence"

Tony's music sounds like this


Tony has been active on the Australian festival scene with his band "The Lawnmowers". Here they are (note the Australian flag and the didgeridoo):

Tony has been an invited presenter at the SPAH harmonica convention in the US, the 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 Asia-Pacific Harmonica Festival, and the 2009 Highlands Harmonica Festival in Malaysia.

Tony is the founder of the Chinese Harmonica University site, www.kouqin.com.cn (kouqin in the Chinese pinyin word for harmonica). This site has lessons by Tony, translated into Mandarin, and much harmonica information and music. The site has over 80000 members, and is one of the busiest harmonica sites in the world. The story about the Chinese Harmonica site is here.

In addition to his music background, Tony has a PhD in IT, a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma in Education. He has more than 20 years experience designing educational programs.