Harry Manx

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Harry Manx
Harry Manx at Bluesfest 2008.jpg
Bluesfest 2008
Background information
Born 1955
Isle of Man
Genres blues
folk music
Hindustani classical music
Instruments Guitar, harmonica, six-string banjo, Mohan veena
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. His official website describes his music: "blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves and you’ll get Manx’s unique “mysticssippi” flavour."[1] 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. Bhatt is the inventor of the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, which has become Harry’s signature instrument[2] He has released twelve albums in twelve years, and has his own record label "Dog My Cats Records".[2] He has received much recognition and many awards, including: seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist, and CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award” in 2007.[2]

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

Early years: Canada and Europe[edit]

Manx was born in 1955 in Douglas on the Isle of Man, and moved with his family to Ontario, Canada when he was six years old.[2][3][4] 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.[2] He left Toronto when he was 20 to return to Europe and started making money as a busker.[2] It was the late 1970s by then, and he found work at festivals as a blues lapslide guitarist and songwriter. He then moved to Japan where he lived and performed for 10 years.[5]

Japan and India[edit]

In 1990, while Manx was in Japan, he heard a recording of the Indian slide guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.[2] When Manx met Bhatt for the first time in Rajasthan, he had been living in another part of India for years.[2] He became a student of Bhatt's and remained with him for five years. They travelled together in India and performed for large audiences.[5]


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.[5]


Manx has a wife, Najma Manx, and together they have one son, Hector Oswald Manx. In a 2002 interview, in their house on Saltspring Island, Manx talked about the stresses of leaving his wife and son when on touring. “This guy here, he doesn’t care who I’m opening for,” Harry said. “He just wants me home once in a while. It gets tough sometimes. We need to keep that connection all the time. We talk on the phone every day. You should see our phone bill."[6]


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".[5]


Solo and duo[edit]

Compilation inclusions[edit]


  1. ^ "Press/Epk". harrymanx.com. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Harry Manx biography". harrymanx.com. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  3. ^ "Harry Manx". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Harry Manx — Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and pictures at". Last.fm. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  5. ^ a b c d "NorthernBlues Music - Harry Manx Bio". Northernblues.com. 2004-05-10. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  6. ^ Ball, David P. (2002-08-07). "Harry Manx: A cloud ready to rain music". David P Ball. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  7. ^ Manx's version of "Long Black Veil" is included.
  8. ^ Manx's version of "Bend in the Water" is included.
  9. ^ 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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