Ansel Barnum makes us all know that the best days of music are yet to come. At a young age, he is already on his way to becoming a true musical master. A joy to play with as well as to listen to. I can hardly wait to play with him again.
— David Amram, American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author
A fresh, new, folk talent just blew into town. And he’s still blowin’ great new harmonica at some of the hottest gigs in Philly. Ansel Barnum is the talented mouth harp man and he’s a great, crowd pleaser—from recording studios to Festival stages. Check him out: Ansel Barnum—-even his name has a familiar show business ring.
— Gene Shay, "The Dean of American Folk DJs" Founder, Philadelphia Folk Fest DJ, WXPN & Folk Alley
Ansel, that was quite amazing. The parts you played were fantastic. And your tone is great. All your musical ideas are wonderful. I don’t criticize someone else’s artistry when it’s artistic like yours is. Really an amazing job of internalizing the feeling of the music. I’d pay money to hear it.
— Howard Levy, multiple Grammy Award winner and founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Ansel Barnum is now an undeniable force on the Philadelphia music scene. Barnum combines folk and blues harp techniques with original, even avant garde, melodic choices. His versatility and virtuosity put him among the top of some venerable harp players to hail from our city.
— Levi Landis, executive director of the Philadelphia Folksong Society