Have harmonica, will travel. That was William Tang's (right) motto 13 years ago when he packed up his life and left Manchester for Hong Kong. Here, like many an expat, the travelling ended. But, luckily for local blues fans, Tang's attachment to the harp remained. He has since gone on to become a sought-after session player, record four albums and, for the past 10 years, fronted various incarnations of three-piece Blue Wail, which appears tomorrow night (September 15) at the Ernest and Julio Gallo Gallery. Tagged Asia's top blues player - 'probably because there's nobody else', he laughs - Tang, 32, began playing trumpet at school but was soon a regular punter in Manchester's small but lively blues scene. 'Because I intended to travel, I decided to learn an instrument, so I picked up the harp because it was convenient, basically, easy to pack,' he says. 'Then when I came out here, there were hardly any harp players, so that's when I really got into it. First I started singing, then I played guitar, then the harp, and now I do all three.' Citing Muddy Waters and 'Memphis' Charlie Musselwhite as influences, Tang and Blue Wail pump out an energetic selection of classics, including several tracks from the latest album Out Of The Blue. Some of Hong Kong and Asia's brightest pop up-and-comers toast Carlsberg's return to the music scene with a two-day festival of regional acts next week. The Carlsberg Turns On The Music festival, next Thursday and Friday nights (September 20-21) at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, includes previous winners of Carlsberg Pop Music Festival Awards, which were last staged in 1998. Acts include Hong Kong's Popcorn, Japanese indie four-piece Kagerou (on Thursday), and DSC (Friday). Tickets start at $150.