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“Mysticssippi” blues man Harry Manx has been called 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. He forged his distinctive style by studying at the feet of the masters, first as a sound man in the blues clubs of Toronto and then under a rigorous tutelage with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (inventor of the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, which became Harry’s signature instrument) in India over a period of twelve years. Having invested in both styles, Harry saw a connection between Indian ragas and blues scales, the exploration of which led to the Indo-blues hybrid that has become his style. “Indian music moves a person inward,” he says of the style traditionally used in religious ceremonies and meditations. “But Western music has the ability to move you outward, into celebration and dance. There are some ragas that sound bluesy, and there are ways to bend strings while playing blues that sound Indian.” A prolific artist, Manx has released 12 albums in a 12 year span with no signs of stopping. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Solo Artist, and CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award.” The recipe? Blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and throw in some compelling grooves. The music of Harry Manx goes down easy and leaves you hungry for more.
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