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"Have to say tonight goes down as one of the best musical experiences of my life!" Gaffney, C.

Harrys Tricks...



Harry’s Tricks play 1920's, 1930's and 1940's popular music from Britain and America. They are led by the unique vocal and guitar style of Mike Potter (Mike the Mic), who combines the influence of Fats Waller, Al Bowlly, Slim Gaillard and Billie Holiday, among others. 


Harry’s Tricks are happy to act as a duo or as a full band with rhythm section. This versatile group can adapt to most occasions, from background music to entertainment and dance. 


Mike Potter’s distinctive and personal interpretation of classic songs shows a long-standing and genuine love for this wonderful old music. In his own words:


I don’t think of this music as something to copy from the past, it’s my soul music… I try to make something happen at every gig, create a little magic.” (Mike Potter)


Harry’s Tricks make music that is happy and romantic when needed, and silly and tragic when suitable. Their set consists of songs like :


  • Happy Feet (Jack Hylton Orchestra)

  • Flat Foot Floogie (Slim Gaillard)

  • Nearness of You (Ella Fitzgerald, Louise Armstrong)

  • The Very Thought Of You (Al Bowlly)

  • Sweet Georgia Brown (Various artists)

  • Round Midnight (Carmen McRae)

  • Putting on the Ritz (Various artists)

  • Some originals for good measure (Mike Potter). 


Experienced, musical, reasonably intelligent and good: that’s Harry’s Tricks.




'Pick of the Week', The Guardian (2009) - 3 times!


"Have to say tonight goes down as one of the best musical experiences of my life! I was actually in heaven the whole time listening to ye. That sounds over the top but I absolutely loved it all. I'm replaying it all in my mind and I'm afraid to go to sleep in case I forget any of it. The three of you are such wonderful musicians and I never been so close to a trumpet and trombone singing so sweetly it was nearly overwhelming" (Gaffney, 2015)

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