|Genres||Blues, folk, traditional Irish, traditional Chinese, Bulgarian, original and experimental|
|Instruments||Chromatic harmonica, diatonic harmonica, custom harmonica, vocals|
Brendan Power is a New Zealand harmonica player, composer and inventor, living in Britain.
Born in Kenya in 1956, Power's family moved to New Zealand in 1965 where he later attended Canterbury University at Christchurch, gaining a Bachelor of Arts in English & Religious Studies, and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. Power wrote his thesis on the Taoist philosopher Chuang Tzu.
Power discovered the harmonica at university after hearing Sonny Terry play at a concert by the blues duo Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Power subsequently taught himself to play harmonica by ear and music soon took over from academia as his main passion.
Power moved to London in 1992 where he worked for three years as a soloist in the Riverdance Show. He was later employed by Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation of Japan as their International Harmonica Specialist in 2008, a position he held for five years.
In April 2013, along with his business partner Zombor Kovacs, Power started X-reed Harmonicas, a project devoted to making custom harmonicas.
Power is well known for his extraordinary technical playing ability on the harmonica. Jools Holland introduced him as "a wonder on the harmonica" when Power played live with Tim Edey and Lucy Randall, on Later with Jools Holland in 2004, while Allmusic describes him as "a master of the chromatic harmonica and blues harp".
Power has recorded more than 20 albums beginning with Country Harmonica (1984) and the latest being New Chinese Harmonica (2012), and has recorded with many well-known Irish artists including Donal Lunny, Altan, Paul Brady, Arcady, Arty McGlynn and Mary Black.
Power recorded harmonica on Sting's Ten Summoner's Tales and on Kate Bush's Director's Cut and has recorded music for several movie soundtracks, including the Oscar winning soundtrack for Atonement (2007) and Shanghai Noon (2000) 
Inventions and innovations
Awards and accolades
Power was voted International Harmonica Player of the Year 2011/12. by the The Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH) organisation of America.
- William Melton; Randy Weinstein (1 October 2012). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing The Harmonica, 2nd Edition. DK Publishing. pp. 348–. ISBN 978-1-61564-312-7.
- http://spah.org/content.asp?pl=16&sl=61&contentid=61 The Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica