HARRY MANX IN CONCERT
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
HARRY MANX (www.harrymanx.com)
Manx is a prolific artist, releasing five albums in a four-year span with no signs of stopping. His first album, Dog My Cat (2001, NorthernBlues Music), captured the attention of new fans, musical peers and media with favorable reviews and awards, including Best Blues Album of the Year from the Canadian Independent Music Association.
The Juno-nominated follow-up, Wise and Otherwise (2002), garnered nods from the American media with excellent reviews in The Chicago Sun Times and The Washington Post. Jubilee (2003), Harry's collaboration with famed Canadian guitarist Kevin Breit (Norah Jones), has become a critical favorite, receiving a Juno and Maple Blues Awards nomination and helping to establish Harry as an innovator in Canada's Blues music community.
Road Ragas (2003), a collection of Manx's live performances recorded around the globe, captures the essence of his mesmerizing solo shows and cemented a solid reputation for this artist amongst fans and musical peers. Harry Manx's much-anticipated fifth album, West Eats Meet (2004), signals the launch of his independent label, Dog My Cat Records. Produced by Jordy Sharp (Dog My Cat, Wise and Otherwise, Road Ragas) Harry's serene solo sound is, this time, enhanced with decorative elements of tabla, dholak, keys and backing vocals.
Born on the Isle of Man, Manx spent his childhood in Canada and left in his teens to live in Europe, Japan, India and Brazil. He honed his hypnotic live show on street corners, in cafes, bars and at festivals. But it was Indian music that captured Manx, and in the mid 80s he began his five-year tutelage with Rajasthani Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Grammy winner with Ry Cooder for A Meeting by the River). He also received the gift of Bhatt's custom-made, self-designed Mohan veena - a 20-stringed sitar/guitar - that was the catalyst for Harry to forge a new path with his now signature east-meets-west style of music.
A successful touring performer, Manx has brought his "breathtaking" solo shows across Canada, into the USA, Australia, France and most recently to Singapore and Spain. He has appeared at many prestigious festivals, world-class theatres, concert halls and infamous Blues clubs around the globe. Playing the Mohan Veena, lap steel, harmonica and banjo, Manx quickly envelops the audience into what has been dubbed "the Harry Zone" with his warm vocals and the hauntingly beautiful melodies of his original songs.
"The live performances have become the most exciting part of the music business for me", Harry says. "And it's not only the playing; it's all the other magic that happens between myself and the audience. My goal has always been to draw the audience as deep as possible into the music."