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Harry Manx
Harry Manx at Bluesfest 2008.jpgBluesfest 2008
Background information
Isle of Man
Folk music
Hindustani classical music
InstrumentsGuitar, harmonica, six-string banjo, Mohan veena
LabelsDog My Cat Records
Associated actsMichael Kaeshammer, Kevin Breit, Clayton Doley

Harry Manx is a Canadian musician who blends blues, folk music, and Hindustani classical music. His official website describes his music as being a "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 Manx'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".

Manx[3] is a longtime collaborator with Canadian guitarist Kevin Breit and Australian keyboardist Clayton Doley.[4]


  • 1 Early years: Canada and Europe
  • 2 Japan and India
  • 3 Canada
  • 4 Family
  • 5 Style
  • 6 Discography
    • 6.1 Solo and duo
    • 6.2 Compilation inclusions
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early years: Canada and Europe

Manx was born in 1955 in Douglas on the Isle of Man. His family moved to Ontario, Canada, when he was six years old.[2][5] 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 in the late 1970s, when he was 20, to return to Europe and started making money as a busker and also found work at festivals as a blues lapslide guitarist and songwriter. He then moved to Japan, where he lived and performed for 10 years.[6]

Japan and India

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.[6]


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.[6]


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."[7]


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".[6]

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)
  • Isle of Manx (2010)
  • Strictly Whatever (with Kevin Breit) (2011)
  • Om Suite Ohm (2013)
  • 20 Strings and the Truth (2015)

Compilation inclusions

  • Johnny's Blues: A Tribute To Johnny Cash (Northern Blues, 2003)[8]
  • Beautiful- (A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot) (Borealis Records, 2003)[9]
  • Saturday Night Blues: 20 Years (CBC, 2006)[10]
  • Isle of Manx - the Desert Island Collection (2010)


  1. ^ "Press/Epk". harrymanx.com. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Harry Manx biography". harrymanx.com. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  3. ^ http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/program/concert.aspx?id=10671
  4. ^ http://www.entertainmentcairns.com/harry-manx-the-om-suite-ohm-tour-with-clayton-doley-event.html
  5. ^ "Harry Manx — Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and pictures at". Last.fm. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  6. ^ a b c d "NorthernBlues Music - Harry Manx Bio". Northernblues.com. 2004-05-10. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  7. ^ Ball, David P. (2002-08-07). "Harry Manx: A cloud ready to rain music". David P Ball. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  8. ^ Manx's version of "Long Black Veil" is included.
  9. ^ Manx's version of "Bend in the Water" is included.
  10. ^ 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.

External links

  • 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.

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White Rock Beach (White Rock, Canada)
Sydney (Potts Point, Australia)
Clarendon Katoomba (Katoomba, Australia)
Camelot Lounge Marrickville (Sydney, Australia)
The Basement (Circular Quay, Australia)Buy Tickets
Heritage Bulli (Thirroul, Australia)
Milton Theatre (Milton, Australia)
The Abbey (Canberra, Australia)Buy Tickets
Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre (Wangaratta, Australia)
Capital Theatre (Bendigo Vic, Australia)
Sooki Lounge (Melbourne, Australia)Buy Tickets
Memo Music Hall St Kilda (St Kilda Vic, Australia)
Caravan Club Oakleigh (Oakleigh, Australia)
Wellington Entertainment Centre (Sale Vic, Australia)
Frankston Cube 37 (Frankston, Australia)
Lizottes (Lambton, Australia)Buy Tickets
Bellingen Golf Club (Bielsdown Hills, Australia)
Yamba Golf Club (Yamba, Australia)
Lismore Star Theatre (Lismore, Australia)
Alison Pearl Presents (Mullumbimby, Australia)
Caloundra Music Festival (Caloundra, Australia)
Caloundra Music Festival (Caloundra, Australia)
The Gov (Hindmarsh, Australia)Buy Tickets
Fly By Night Club (Fremantle, Australia)
The Old Museum (Brisbane, Australia)
Sound Lounge Gold Coast (Currumbin, Australia)
Red Hot Music (Devonport, Australia)
Wrest Point (Hobart, Australia)
The Banff Centre (Banff, Canada)
The Banff Centre (Banff, Canada)
Koerner Hall (Toronto, Canada)
National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada)
Quai des Arts (Carleton-Sur-Mer, Canada)
Salle Desjardins-Telus (Rimouski, Canada)
Salle Jean-Marc-Dion (Sept-Îles, Canada)
Salle Michel-Côté (Alma, Canada)
Le Domaine Forget (St-Irénée, Canada)
La Taverne (St-Casimir, Canada)Buy Tickets
Salle André-Mathieu (De Leon, TX)
Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne (Terrebonne, Canada)
Église Emmanuel (Cowansville, Canada)Buy Tickets

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