Blues legends Harry Manx head for Montrose club

Harry Manx in action.

Harry Manx in action.

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The Harry Manx Duo, from Canada, will be the guests of Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose on Thursday, October 23 at 8 p.m.

This should be an essential date in the diary for all Blues lovers in Angus and beyond, since over the past two decades, Harry Manx has built a reputation as probably the leading Blues performer in Canada.

After a fantastically successful six-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, Harry Manx will be playing at Montrose Folk Club as the first date of his UK tour.

He will be performing in a duo with Clayton Stewart on keyboards.

Over the past 12 years, Harry Manx has released 11 albums and has gathered a room-full of awards. These include seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) nominations and the Canadian Folk Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist.

His most recent accomplishment was to receive yet another Juno nomination for Blues Album of the Year for his release ‘Bread and Buddha’.

Harry Manx has spent years fusing Eastern musical traditions with the Blues, switching effortlessly between conventional guitars, harmonica, banjo and the unique Mohan Veena, a 20-stringed instrument invented by his Indian mentor, Vishwa Mohan Batt.

Born on the Isle of Man, Harry Manx spent his childhood in Canada and left in his teens to live in Europe, Japan, India and Brazil. He developed his hypnotic live show on street corners, in cafes, bars and at festivals. However, it was Indian music that captured his attention.

Harry Manx is an artist that critics have occasionally had difficulty in understanding. His unique amalgam of Blues and other American roots music, classical Indian forms, and bits of rock, pop and folk makes him difficult to pigeonhole.

However, his skill and attraction are quite easy to grasp. He is an accomplished and adventurous lap-slide guitarist – whether playing a national resonator, a solidbody lap-steel, a modified banjo or cigar-box guitar, or his signature 20-string Mohan Veena.

He is also a compelling singer with a rich, warm and soulful voice, who writes intelligent and compassionate songs and puts them over with heartfelt conviction. After watching Harry Manx perform ‘I’m On Fire’ at the International Guitar Festival in New York City, Bruce Springsteen said: “Watching Harry play tonight, I feel like I learned something new.”

Tickets for the show cost £8 and can be purchased online at www.linkshotelmusic.com/event.php?event=393 or by calling The Links Hotel at 01674 671000