With an upbringing that started in the Isle of Man, moved on to Canada, then went on to include Europe, Japan, India and Brazil, it’s no surprise that Harry Manx has been called the “essential link” between the music of east and west.
He honed his mesmerizing live shows on street corners, cafes, bars and music festivals. But it wasn’t until he discovered Indian music in the mid-’80s that his personal style was born.
Manx has released nine albums in eight years, and shows no signs of stopping soon. Not only has he received seven Maple Blues Awards, he also holds honours from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and his albums have earned him five Juno nominations.
However performing live is where his passion truly lies. He has brought his shows to every corner of Canada, as well as the U.S., Australia and Europe. It’s in the live setting, Manx says, that the bridge between “heavenly” India and “earthy” American blues is most effectively built.
You can catch Manx at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre this Sunday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door, available at Art First, the visitor centre and the Revelstoke Arts Council website.