Class, calm elegance, and warmth. These are the first words that jumped into my head when I thought back on my first meeting with Canada’s mystic bluesman, Harry Manx.
Humble, kind, and gracious too. I was excited to sit with Harry and learn more about his fascinating music career, and the 20-string goliath of a guitar that has become an integral part of his music. He agreed to bring it to our interview, so that he could walk us around it. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen.
Then again, Harry’s music is unlike anything I’ve heard. He is a true pioneer, blending traditional Indian music with the blues, creating something wonderful and exotic with warm, unexpected melodies, harmonies and depth.
Sitting and talking to Harry was a real treat. His warmth put me immediately at ease. The more he talked, the more I wanted to hear….I felt like we were just scratching the surface.
Harry worked in various Blues clubs in Toronto doing sound, he worked with Rush and other big-name Canadian bands. He busked on the streets of Europe. He lived in India and studied Indian ragas for years. He has toured extensively.
Harry has so much life experience, so much knowledge, so many stories to share; yet he is humble. His stillness, ease in his own skin, and pleasant disposition suggested to me that Harry is a man who is deeply appreciative of life and the path that he has carved out for himself.
When someone is filled with gratitude, his entire perspective, and outlook is coloured by it; so too, is anything that he creates. I believe this to be the case with Harry.
His innovative guitar playing, his soulful, beautiful voice and talent for writing are combined, then coloured by his incredibly pure and grateful energy. It’s no mystery why his music has touched and moved so many people all over the world, bridging musical styles, cultures, and language. He reaches peoples’ hearts.
I was deeply moved when Harry played “Only Then Will Your House Be Blessed” live during the Kitchener Blues Festival. As tears streamed down my face, I knew that this very thing had been experienced by thousands of others while listening to Harry sing and play.
This is the beauty of what Harry Manx creates. Music that will reach down and resonate inside. Music that not only entertains, but elevates.
Thank you Harry.
Please don’t ever stop doing what you do!!!
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