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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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Plough & Stars | Memphis Sendoff w/Erin Harpe Acoustic Duo The Plough and Stars, Cambridge The Plough and Stars, Cambridge
Online | Erin Harpe Solo Acoustic IBC Fundraiser online online
9 Wallis | IBC Benefit w/Erin Harpe, Soulbox, Nolan Leite 9 Wallis, Beverly, MA 9 Wallis, Beverly, MA
Vermont Arts Exchange | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Masonic Hall / Vermont Arts Exchange, Bennington, VT Masonic Hall / Vermont Arts Exchange, Bennington, VT
Firefly's | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Firefly's , Marlboro, MA Firefly's , Marlboro, MA
Green Door Pub | Lovewhip Green Door Pub, Stratton VT Green Door Pub, Stratton VT
The Stone Church | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH
Ocean Mist | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Ocean Mist, Matunuck, RI Ocean Mist, Matunuck, RI
The Next Page Cafe | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers The Next Page, Weymouth, MA The Next Page, Weymouth, MA
DC Holiday Market | Erin Harpe Acoustic Duo Downtown Holiday Market, Washington, DC Downtown Holiday Market, Washington, DC
49 West | Erin Harpe Acoustic Duo 49 West, Annapolis, MD 49 West, Annapolis, MD
 —  — Holiday Album Release Party at City Winery Boston City Winery Boston, Boston MA City Winery Boston, Boston MA
Funk N' Waffles SYR | Erin Harpe's Country Blues Trio Funk N' Waffles SYR, Syracuse, NY Funk N' Waffles SYR, Syracuse, NY
The Main Pub | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers The Main Pub, Manchester, CT The Main Pub, Manchester, CT
 —  — Time Out Pub | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Time Out Pub, Rockland, ME Time Out Pub, Rockland, ME
Bayside Bowl | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Bayside Bowl, Portland, ME Bayside Bowl, Portland, ME
The Loft Event Center | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers The Loft Event Center, Milford, NH The Loft Event Center, Milford, NH
 —  — The Stomping Ground | Erin Harpe's Country Blues Trio The Stomping Ground, Putnam, CT The Stomping Ground, Putnam, CT
Red Square | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Red Square, Burlington, VT Red Square, Burlington, VT
The Next Page | Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers The Next Page, Weymouth, MA The Next Page, Weymouth, MA