“Mysticssippi” blues man Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that combine the tradition of the blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to.
Harry forged this distinctive style by studying at the feet of the masters, first as a sound man in his formative years in the blues clubs of Toronto doing sound for the likes of Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon, then under a rigorous five-year tutelage with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in India. Bhatt, whose guru was the late, great Ravi Shankar, is the inventor of the 20-stringed mohan veena, which has become Harry’s signature instrument.
Harry has already been nominated by the Canadian Music Awards as Songwriter Of The Year for his song “Carry My Tears”, featured on “Om Suite Ohm”. The album also contains an unusual cover of jazz giant John Coltrane’s song “A Love Supreme”. This album is a step away from past Manx albums, and contains a more electric Bollywood feel to it. If you blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar, add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves, you get a sound that goes down easy and leaves you hungry for more. The sort of sound that only Harry Manx can make.
Come and see him at The Borderline!