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Harry Manx

Harry Manx is a musician who blends blues, folk music, and Hindustani classical music. He was born on the Isle of Man where he spent his childhood and now lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada. 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. He has released eleven albums. Manx was a nominee in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for his cover of "I'm on Fire". Early years: Manx was born on the Isle of Man. He grew up in Canada and then returned to Europe in the late 1970s to work at festivals as a blues lapslide guitarist and songwriter. He then moved to Japan where he lived and performed for 10 years. Japan and India: In 1990, while Manx was in Japan, he heard a recording of the Indian slide guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. It was not long before he contacted Bhatt and joined him in India. He became a student of Bhatt's and remained with him for five years. They travelled together in India and performed for large audiences. Canada: 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. Manx has been nominated for six Juno Awards throughout his career, including the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year at the 2006 ceremony and Blues Album of the Year for Bread and Buddha (2010) Style: 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".

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