20th Oct, 2017

Harry will bring unique sound to Iron Road

Aaron Wise 11th Oct, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A MUSICAL star who began his career busking will take a break from a world tour to share his sound in Evesham.

Acclaimed blues artist Harry Manx, is finishing more than 70 shows in Canada before heading to The Iron Road on Tuesday October, 27, to share his distinctive style of classical Indian ragas.

The 60-year-old, originally from the Isle of Man, is known for creating musical short stories on his unique 20-stringed mohan veena guitar, which he has experienced on his journey throughout India and Japan.

The prolific artist has released nine solo albums in a 12-year span, receiving seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005 and CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Award in 2007.

Mr Manx said: “I’ve always had one foot in the blues. I went to Europe when I was 20 and started making money as a busker and I’ve worked only as a musician since then.

“I always cloak my messages with inspirational ideas in a story and I try and reach the listeners’ hearts rather than their minds.

“Indian music is 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.

“There are ragas that sound bluesy, and there are ways to bend strings while playing blues that sound Indian. I may be forcing the relationship between the two musical cultures, but I keep thinking they were made for each other.

“That idea leads me to more and more experimentation, and the journey has been great so far.”

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