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|Born||Isle of Man|
Hindustani classical music
cigar box guitar
|Labels||Dog My Cat Records|
|Associated acts||Michael Kaeshammer, Kevin Breit|
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.
Japan and India
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.
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.
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".
Solo and duo
- Dog My Cat (2001)
- Wise and Otherwise (2002)
- Jubilee (with Kevin Breit) (2003)
- Road Ragas (2003)
- West Eats Meet (2004)
- Mantras for Madmen (2005)
- In Good We Trust (with Kevin Breit) (2007)
- Live at the Glenn Gould Studio (2008)
- Bread and Buddha (2009)
- Strictly Whatever (with Kevin Breit) (2011)
- Om Suite Ohm (2013)
- Johnny's Blues: A Tribute To Johnny Cash (Northern Blues, 2003)
- Beautiful- (A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot) (Borealis Records, 2003)
- Saturday Night Blues: 20 Years (CBC, 2006)
- Isle of Manx - the Desert Island Collection (2010)
- Harry Manx official website
- Dog My Cat Records Harry Manx's independent record label
- Youtube short documentary Manx describes his signature instrument; sings and play's Rueben's Train with it.