Harry Manx

“Manx conjures songs that
are as bewitching as they are unique.”

A longtime bluesman with a rare gift for playing slide guitar, Harry Manx had his life change forever when he became a student of Grammy winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, inventor of the 20-string Mohan Veena (it’s essentially a modified Hawaiian guitar that has drone and sympathetic strings similar to those on a sitar). After 12 years of study in India, Manx merged his new mastery of classical raga structure with the equally profound music of the Mississippi Delta. Fusing Eastern spirituality with an earthy blues groove, Manx pioneered a unique sound that almost instantly earned him a cult-like following.

Harry-ManxArmed with his Mohan Veena, lap steel, harmonica, banjo, and stomp box, the man that Billboard Magazine has dubbed “Canada’s most versatile and expressive blues player” has enthralled audiences at music festivals and concert halls around the globe. A talented songwriter and lyricist, the virtuosic Manx has earned seven Maple Blues Awards, six JUNO nominations, and many other honours. And whether he is singing with his warm, soulfully raspy voice or drawing shimmering cascades of notes out of his guitar or Mohan Veena, Manx takes his audience on a memorable journey. As Downbeat Magazine notes: “Manx’s real skill lays in creating a rare musical place where blues, country, folk and Indian classical music co-exist as some spirit force.”

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