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Harry Manx has spent years fusing eastern musical traditions with the blues, switching effortlessly between conventional guitars, harmonica, and banjo and the decidedly different Mohan veena, a 20-stringed instrument invented by Manx’ Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Manx is often referred to as the “Mysticssippi” Blues Man, because of his expertise in melding both East and West music together and therefore, “creating musical short stories that wed the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas”.

Over the last 10 years, Harry Manx released 11 Albums and has garnered a room full of awards including, “seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist and won CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award” in 2007″. His most recent accomplishment was receiving yet another Juno Nomination for “Blues Album of the Year”, for his release, “Bread and Buddha” in 2010.

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Articles

Guitar Player Dec. 08 Penguin Eggs, Winter 2005

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Represented by:

Darcy Gregoire, The Agency Group
2 Berkeley Street. Suite 202
Toronto, ON
M5A 4J5

P: (416) 368-5599 ext 3247
F: (416) 368-4655

darcygregoire@theagencygroup.com

Past performances include:

Chicago Blues Festival
Montreal Jazz Festival
New York City Guitar festival (tribute to Bruce Springsteen 04, tribute to Bob Dylan 07)
Cognac Blues, France
World Music Sines, Portugal
The Durian Theatre, Singapore
Ongoing tours in the US, Canada, Australia & Europe.

Quotes;

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.”- Frank Hadley, Downbeat Magazine

Watching Harry play tonight I feel like I learned something new ….
– Bruce Springsteen (after seeing Harry perform “I’m On Fire” at the International Guitar Festival in NYC)

Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter Harry Manx is an artist that critics have occasionally had a hard time getting their minds around. His unique amalgam of blues and other American roots music, classical Indian forms, and bits of rock, pop, and folk makes him difficult to pigeonhole, and self-appointed gatekeepers of those traditions sometimes bemoan his lack of purity, stubbornly missing the point. But Manx’s trip is really quite easy to grasp: He’s an accomplished and adventurous lap-slide guitarist – whether playing a National resonator, a solidbody lap-steel, a modified banjo or cigar-box guitar, or his signature 20-string Mohan Veena – and a compelling singer with a rich, warm, and soulful voice who writes intelligent and compassionate songs and puts them over with heartfelt conviction.
– Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player

A modern day troubadour, Canadian-born Manx sings with an intimate, quiet warmth that makes his shows mesmerizing. The subtle interplay between the haunting notes of the sitar and the gentle, rhythmic groove of the blues gives his songs a beautiful sensuality that defies comparison.” – Eugene Weekly, Nov 2005
Canada’s most versatile and expressive blues player” – Billboard Magazine
Canadian guitarist Harry Manx knows his instrument the way most men know their television remote controls.” – Time Out, New York City

Like a lot of top singer songwriters Harry projects an intimacy & old friend quality from artist to listener …
– Billy Hutchinson, Blues Matters!

While most musicians are content to work within the accepted boundaries of their chosen style, lap-slide guitarist Harry Manx likes to colour way outside the lines. His crayons? Soulful, raspy vocals, poetic lyrics, and the whining drones and mysterious melisma of Indian music … Manx conjures songs that are as bewitching as they are unique.
– Andy Ellis, Guitar Player Magazine

At this point, it’s practically impossible to add anything new to the blues. But you can still wring a new tear out of the good ol’ twelve-bar onion by adding something even older than the blues – Indian classical music… Manx’s mix of folksy Americana and trance-inducing traditional ragas truly pushes the boundaries of a genre long thought past innovation.
– Eric K. Arnold & Kelly Vance, East Bay Express

Harry Manx is the master of your chilled-out oriental vibe, thanks to his proficiency on instruments like the mohan veena; and that smoky voice of his is akin to getting a relaxing massage without skin contact.” – Gary Tate, JazzReview.com

The making of an artist is as abstract as the canvas that he or she paints. Words pale in grey tones when attempting to describe this aspect of brilliance. No, one has to listen with eyes closed gently, as if in meditation, concentrating on the algorithmic patterns that emerge. The ability to create such a living work comes from the desire to transcend, to go far beyond the reaches of the imaginable universe. For Harry Manx, bluesy guitarist and singer, this meant going to the far side of the earth in search of his musical identity. It was in Europe that he discovered his own blues. In Japan he discovered his soon-to-be guru of the slide guitar: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt who played the veena. He went to live in Rajasthan at the feet of this guru, learning the complexities of the Mohan veena, eventually learning how to blend his Canadian blues with the slide of the desert. And now he’s doing something totally unique and original, yet accessible. He’s quickly become a driving force on the Canadian music scene.”
– Steve Fruitman, CIUT FM (Harry was honoured with the Lenny Breau “ultimate musicianship” award by the Porcupine Hall of Fame Awards