Blues musician Harry Manx has worked hard to earn his accolades and his collection of awards shows just how skilled and hard-working he is.
He’s received seven Maple Blues Awards and his mantel shelf also holds honours from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Vancouver magazine Georgia Straight, and the South Australia Blues Society. He received CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Awards for 2007 and his albums have garnered five Juno nominations.
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. Playing the Mohan Veena, lap steel, harmonica, stomp box and banjo, Manx quickly envelops the audience with his warm vocals and the beautiful melodies of his original songs. It’s hard to resist, easy to digest and keeps audiences coming back for more.
Experience Harry Manx live November 20 and 21 at the Heriot Bay Inn. Seats are $79 and include a two course dinner; there are a limited number of show-only seats available at $59. Call the Heriot Bay Inn to reserve your seats at, 250-285-3322.
It’s in the live setting, Manx says, that the bridge between “heavenly” India and “earthy” American blues is most effectively built.
“Indian music moves inward,” he explains. “It’s traditionally used in religious ceremonies and meditation, because it puts you into this whole other place. But Western music has the ability to move out, into celebration and dance. My goal has always been to draw the audience as deep as possible into the music.”