Harry Manx Bewitches at the Empress Theatre
Blending folk, blues and classical Indian songs performed on his signature 20-stringed mohan veena, Harry Manx will bring his bewitching musical style to the Empress Theatre.
The Canadian, multi-award winning instrumentalist also plays the slide guitar, harmonica, six-string banjo and stomp box.
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. Indian music captured his attention and in the mid 80's he began studying with Rajasthani Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.
Receiving the gift of Bhatt's custom-made, self-designed mohan veena - a 20-stringed sitar/guitar hybrid - was the catalyst for Manx to forge a new path with his east-meets-west style of music. Manx uses the exotic mohan veena within traditional Western sound structures.
Manx has toured across Canada and into the USA, Australia, and Europe. He has appeared at prestigious festivals, world-class theatres, concert halls and blues clubs around the globe. Manx envelopes audiences into what has been dubbed "the Harry Zone" with his warm vocals and hauntingly beautiful melodies.
Manx has released twelve albums in twelve years and has received recognition and awards including seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Solo Artist, and CBC Radio's "Great Canadian Blues Award" in 2007.
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