Harry Manx

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Harry Manx
Harry Manx at Bluesfest 2008.jpg
Bluesfest 2008
Background information
Born Isle of Man
Genres blues
folk music
Hindustani classical music
Instruments Slide guitar
six-string banjo
Mohan veena
Stomp Box
cigar box guitar
Labels Dog My Cat Records
Associated acts Michael Kaeshammer, Kevin Breit
Website www.harrymanx.com
Harry Manx playing his self-constructed "cigar box guitar."
Harry Manx playing slide guitar.
Harry Manx explaining his Mohan veena to an audience.

Harry Manx is a musician who blends blues, folk music, and Hindustani classical music.

Manx plays the slide guitar, harmonica, six-string banjo, mohan veena and Ellis stomp box. He studied for five years in India with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. He has released eleven albums.

Manx was a nominee in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for his cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire".

Early years[edit]

Manx was born in Douglas on the Isle of Man. He grew up in Canada and then returned to Europe in the late 1970s to work at festivals as a blues lapslide guitarist and songwriter. He then moved to Japan where he lived and performed for 10 years.[1]

Japan and India[edit]

In 1990, while Manx was in Japan, he heard a recording of the Indian slide guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. It was not long before he contacted Bhatt and joined him in India. He became a student of Bhatt's and remained with him for five years. They travelled together in India and performed for large audiences.[1]


In 2000, Manx moved back to Canada and set up residence in Saltspring Island, British Columbia and recorded his first Canadian album at the Barn Studios. This debut recording features 14 tracks of his one-man-band sound on the lap slide guitar, the Mohan Veena, the harmonica and vocals.[1]

Manx has been nominated for six Juno Awards throughout his career, including the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year at the 2006 ceremony and Blues Album of the Year for Bread and Buddha (2010)


Manx's musical style has been called an "essential musical link" between the East and the West. His songs are "short stories that use the essence of the blues and the depth of Indian ragas to draw you in".[1]


Solo and duo[edit]

Compilation inclusions[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Harry Manx - Bio
  2. ^ Manx's version of "Long Black Veil" is included.
  3. ^ Manx's version of "Bend in the Water" is included.
  4. ^ A compilation album of live performances from the Saturday Night Blues radio program on CBC Radio, hosted by Holger Petersen. Harry Manx's version of "Thrill Is Gone" is included.

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