Harry Manx has spent decades fusing eastern musical traditions with the blues, switching fluidly between conventional acoustic and electric guitars, and banjo and the Mohan veena, created by Harry’s Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. His original music blends East and West ‘creating musical short stories that wed the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas’.
A worldwide festival favorite, Harry’s 12 albums and ceaseless touring has seen him earn a slew of Maple Leaf, Juno and Canadian Folk Awards, nominations, and accolades from musicians and fans alike, not to mention tours of Australia with up to 50 shows!
On a wintry Chicago morning in February, Harry’s beloved 20-stringed Mohan veena, was stolen from an airport carousel. Announced on his Facebook page, by the next day over 3 million people had spread the word, searching, building him a new one, and (apparently praying) for its return. The story from the Chicago Tribune was picked up by AP news service, and soon the whole world was learning about this exotic instrument, and the completely unique music of Harry Manx.