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Bill McGownan
Boston Blues Society
July/August, 2003 



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Harry Manx and Kevin Breit are a pair of Canadians with a new acoustic (mostly) CD called Jubilee on the NorthernBlues label. Manx, a stringed multi-instrumentalist, and Breit, a guitar supergenius (just like Wile E. Coyote!) and singer met and performed one fateful summer afternoon in 2001 in a workshop tent at an Ontario festival. They generated so much excitement that this eventual 2002 collaboration for Jubilee was greatly anticipated, then lavishly received by all sorts of Canadian music journalists. I learned this from reading the liners with the CD and reviews found at the first rate website from NorthernBlues, www.northernblues.com, both which must be unbiased and objective...right?.....well, since Jubilee was a late arrival to my desk, we missed out on that first wave of Jubileemania and I had the benefit of reading all about what others had to say. So I feel safe in recommending Jubilee to you, even though the only blues you'll find is on the opening track, Sleepy John Estes' "Diving Duck Blues". It is very clear that the musicianship and chemistry of these two are on a decidedly higher plane than your average acoustical project. Jubilee is worth the ride and lives up to all the hype seeping down from the Great White North. Also, for anyone who appreciates nice CD packaging (a subject very important to my designer's heart), you'll see that NorthernBlues didn't skimp on this project, letting Michael Wrycraft spend lots of their money crafting a wonderful compliment to the music, making this CD a particularly good gift idea. So go to www.northernblues.com, read what I read then order a copy for yourself (you got any Canadian moolah on you)...they probably take US credit card dollars. When your mail order arrives, immediately give Harry Manx and Kevin Breit's Jubilee a spin for a 51:18 oasis from the strains of your hectic life....then hit the repeat button a few times.....  

"...Give Harry Manx
and Kevin Breit's
Jubilee a spin for a 51:18 oasis from the strains of your hectic
life....then hit the repeat button a few times....."