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The Rock-itt : June 2012
Screens Harry Manx has been dubbed an "essential link" between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. His unique sound is bewitching and deliciously addictive to listen to. 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 his attention and in the mid 80's he began a five-year tutelage with Rajasthani Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and surged Harry on the path to his now signature east- meets-west style of music. Harry Manx returns to his devoted fans in Australia with his musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas, creating what has been called 'the essential link between east and west'. Harry's unique sound is hard to forget and deliciously mesmeric. Manx is a prolific artist, releasing 11 albums in 10 years, this time arrives with his new Isle of Manx, the Desert island Collection of top favourites. His 2007 collaboration with guitarist Kevin Breit, In God We Trust, was nominated for almost a dozen major awards throughout Canada. This year Harry was awarded 'CD of the Year' by CKUA radio in Canada, nominated for 'Blues Artist of the Year', 'Songwriter of the Year,' and 'CD of the Year' from the Maple Blues Awards. The Independent Music Awards nominated Kevin Breit and Harry for 'Duo of the Year'. 2011 Was spent touring and recording with American folk legend Richie Havens, plus touring in a duo with David Lindley (Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash), and recording Strictly Whatever with Kevin Briet (ex Nora Jones, now with Hugh Laurie). 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 Mohanveena-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. ¨ "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. Blending Indian folk melodies with blues, a sprinkle of gospel, and compelling grooves, Manx's "mysticssippi" flavour is hard to resist, easy to digest and keeps audiences coming back for more.