Undaunted. The dictionary defines it as “not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort.”
To any New England fan of harmonica driven blues, the word has become synonymous with Hugh Holmes, a.k.a. The Undaunted Professor Harp, who summers on our local stages. This perennial performer’s monolithic presence and equally behemoth sound defines him as one of the few unyielding hardcore bluesmen left on the circuit today. How he acquired his moniker from music legends Muddy Waters and Solomon Burke has evolved into the stuff of lore. But make no mistake about it, Professor Harp is not some alter ego by any means. It is the embodiment of an uncompromising rhythm and blues stalwart, who has graced just about every area venue equipped with a stage and a liquor license. ‘