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ME & MEMPHIS MINNIE | I could almost say Memphis Minnie was the reason I took up the guitar, she was such a big influence on me (though I had plenty of living inspirations as well). I grew up surrounded by vintage 1930’s acoustic blues. My dad (Neil Harpe) did his own versions of many amazing blues artists, from Mississippi John Hurt to Tommy Johnson, and Geeshie Wiley to Memphis Minnie. I soaked it all in. I tagged along with my dad at events around the Washington DC area, where local luminaries like John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, Warner Williams, John Jackson, Eleanor Ellis, and my dad’s band Franklin, Harpe & Usilton would perform. The songs that stood out to me the most were those of Memphis Minnie, and I immediately fell in love with the “Queen of the Delta Blues”, with her cool delivery, songs of a different era (but from a feminine perspective!), and her obvious talent on the guitar. When I was a teenager, sometimes when I was alone I would try to sing like her, and I would also try to learn her guitar parts (usually simpler versions!). Her songs were so interesting, about life in the 1920’s and 30’s in the south, with great attitude and a sense of humor. Some of my favorites were What’s the Matter with the Mill (Done Broke Down)When the Levee BreaksNothin’ in RamblinCan I Do It For YouIn My Girlish Days, and her classic Me and My Chauffeur Blues – which was one of the earliest songs in my repertoire. In fact, we still play that one as well as Girlish Days in our set today! 

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Date Event Location
Bayside Bowl | Lovewhip Bayside Bowl, Portland, ME Bayside Bowl, Portland, ME
Stratton Mtn. March Di Gras | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers w/Mardi Gras Horns Grizzly's/the Village, Stratton, VT Grizzly's/the Village, Stratton, VT
Amazing Things Art Center | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Amazing Things Art Center, Framingham, MA Amazing Things Art Center, Framingham, MA
Angelo's | Erin Harpe's Country Blues Duo Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza, Quincy, MA Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza, Quincy, MA
private party | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers  
Gardner Ale House | Erin Harpe's Country Blues Trio Gardner Ale House, Gardner MA Gardner Ale House, Gardner MA
Triumph Brewing Co. | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Triumph Brewing Company, New Hope Triumph Brewing Company, New Hope
Blues Brunch at Daryl's House | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Daryl's House, Pawling, NY Daryl's House, Pawling, NY
Theodore's | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Theodore's Booze, Blues, & BBQ, Springfield MA Theodore's Booze, Blues, & BBQ, Springfield MA
One Longfellow | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers One Longfellow Square, Portland ME One Longfellow Square, Portland ME
PiNZ (Kingston) | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers PiNZ Kingston, Kingston, MA PiNZ Kingston, Kingston, MA
Angelo's | Erin Harpe's Country Blues Duo Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza, Quincy, MA Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza, Quincy, MA
The Listening Room at 443 | Erin's Country Blues Trio The Listening Room at 443 Cafe & Lounge, Syracuse, NY The Listening Room at 443 Cafe & Lounge, Syracuse, NY
Jasper Hill | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Jasper Hill Restaurant and Live Music Venue, Millis MA Jasper Hill Restaurant and Live Music Venue, Millis MA
The Vault at Greasy Luck | Erin Harpe & the Englishtown Project The Vault at Greasy Luck, New Bedford MA The Vault at Greasy Luck, New Bedford MA
Cambridge Springs Festival | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Cambridge Springs, PA Cambridge Springs, PA
 —  — HK Too | Erin Harpe's Country Blues Trio HK Too, Hull, MA HK Too, Hull, MA
Angelo's | Erin Harpe's Country Blues Duo Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza, Quincy, MA Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza, Quincy, MA
Angelo's | Erin Harpe's Country Blues Duo Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza, Quincy, MA Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza, Quincy, MA
Theodore's Blues, Booze, & BBQ | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Theodore's Blues, Booze, & BBQ, Springfield, MA Theodore's Blues, Booze, & BBQ, Springfield, MA