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-RJS
Sing Out
Summer 2002


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Canada-based guitarist, singer and songwriter Harry Manx was bitten early in life by the blues bug in his native Great Britain, when he discovered Willie Dixon and John Hammond. He later worked for both musicians on their UK tours.

Manx tackles a range of styles within the blues on '
Wise and Otherwise', his second release, a followup to 'Dog My Cat' on NorthernBlues. He delivers an Indian sounding take on "Death Have Mercy", and the influence of Indian music is evident on the rest of the album's tracks. Manx is an accomplished slide guitar player and his soft vocals complement his playing on guitar, harmonica and Mohan Veena, a 20-sting instrument created by Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

Highlights include Manx's completely original take on BB King's "
The Thrill is Gone" performed on the Mohan Veena, as well as his original interpretations of Van Morrison's "Crazy Love" and Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady". Both tunes take on a new perspective when Manx gets a hold of them, and blues and rock fans will appreciate them. But listeners will find something to latch onto with Manx's original songs as well, "A Little Cruel," "Makes You Wanna Die Laughing" and the autobiographical "Don't Forget To Miss Me."

Given his multi-instrumental talents -- Mohan Veena, banjo, slide guitar, and harmonica -- Manx offers as much to the typical folk festival audience as he does to a discerning crowd at a blues festival.
 

"Harry Manx was
bitten early in life by the blues bug in his native Great Britain,
when he discovered Willie Dixon and John Hammond."