Harry Manx

Born on the Isle of Man, Manx immigrated to Ontario with his parents when he was a child. He started working with bands as a ‘roadie’ at age 15 and gradually worked his way up to becoming the regular sound man at the well-known El Mocambo (Blues) club in Toronto.

“Mysticssippi” Blues man Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed 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 his distinctive style by studying at the feet of the masters, first as a sound man in the Blues clubs of Toronto during his formative years and then under a rigorous tutelage with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in India. Bhatt is the inventor of the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, which has become Harry’s signature instrument. Harry played slide guitar for many years before meeting Bhatt in Rajasthan, in fact he had been living in another part of India for many years already, but he started at the beginning under Bhatt’s tutelage, unlearning most of what he knew about playing a slide instrument. He learned Eastern scales and eventually ragas, deceptively complex and regimented musical patterns that form the basis of Indian composition. Learning the voicings of Indian music is a subtle art that comes with time. Harry spent most of twelve years in India learning that. It was later on that Harry decided to explore the connection between Indian ragas and Blues scales which eventually led to the Indo-Blues hybrid that has become his style.

Friday, October 4 at 7:00 PMManotick United Church – 5567 Manotick Main St, Manotick, ON K4M 1A5 – BUY TICKETS
Saturday, October 5 at 7:00 PMMatawatchan Community Memorial Centre – 1677 Frontenac Road, RR3 Griffith ON K0J 2R0 – BUY TICKETS
Sunday, October 6 at 2:30 PMBurritts Rapids Community Hall – 23 Grenville Street, Burritt’s Rapids, ON K0G 1B0 – BUY TICKETS

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