Biography

Harry Manx

Harry Manx has been one of the most successful international touring musicians to hail from Canada. This deeply original multi-instrumentalist has entertained audiences for the past 30 years in over 40 countries around the globe.

“Canada’s most versatile and expressive blues player”
– 
Billboard Magazine

“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 explanation for his success is simple. Harry’s created his own genre, often referred to as the ‘Mystissippi Blues’. His mesmerizing sound is an organic fusion of eastern musical traditions mixed with the depth and soul of the Blues. The result is an expressive, moving and unforgettable new world. His fans often speak of having been drawn into the ‘Harry Zone’ during his performance.

“Harry’s real skill lays in creating a rare musical place where blues, country, folk and Indian classical music co-exist as some spirit force”.  Downbeat

His unique toolbox is a fascinating range of conventional acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, harmonica, stomp box, and the Mohan Veena, created by Harry’s Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.  His award-winning songs ‘create musical short stories that wed the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas’. His voice has been described as ‘smooth as a well aged whiskey’.

A worldwide festival favorite, Harry’s 14 albums and ceaseless touring have seen him earn a slew of  Blues and Folk Awards, nominations, and accolades from musicians and fans alike.   

“Watching Harry play tonight I feel like I learned something new…….” Bruce Springsteen after watching Harry perform ‘I’m on Fire’ at The International Guitar Festival, New York City

In February 2013, Harry’s 20-stringed Mohan Veena, was stolen from an airport carousel in Chicago. By the next day over 5 million people and the AP news service had spread the word and put Harry and his little-known instrument on the world map! Global relief ensued when police found the culprit and Harry was reunited with his Mohan Veena within a week.

February 2015, saw the release of Harry’s 14th studio recording – 20 Strings & the Truth featuring 10 original compositions along with an incredible reworking of Gershwins’ ‘Summertime’ which Harry mixed with an Indian Raga. This recording pays homage to his beloved ‘Mohan Veena’.

“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

In a recent interview Harry said: “Along the way I hope I may have influenced a few people’s thinking about musical boundaries. Whenever I encountered one, I’d cross it. I learned the structure of Indian classical ragas and then I adjusted them to fit my needs. The same applies to the structure of blues. I rarely play in the typical 12-bar fashion; I often use one chord and a lot of groove to move a song forward. Basically my approach has been to learn as much as I can about music, then forget all that and just play with all my heart and soul. Seems to work pretty well judging from the joy I see in the faces of my audience.”