A COUPLE of years ago we were lucky enough to hear the amazing Harry Manx at the Thornbury Theatre. Harry is a Canadian blues/folk singer guitarist whose mixture of western and eastern music has entranced me since I first heard him on radio maybe a decade ago. He plays many different guitars and banjo, but most fascinating is his use of the 12 stringed Indian slide guitar, the mohan veena.
Born in the Isle of Man (hence his stage name?) Manx grew up in Canada but has lived in Europe, Japan and India (where he studied the mohan veena for 5 years while touring with his teacher).
He is a consummate performer who holds the audience spell bound. Often playing and singing his own compositions, here Harry performs Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love” on the mohan veena. Isn’t that magic!
All this is leading up to the announcement that Harry will be playing at the Caravan Music Club (at the Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL – once the venue for the Victorian Jazz Club’s Saturday night gigs) 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh this coming Thursday, 28 June at 8pm. Call 0411 569 180 for further information.
And so as to convince you of Harry’s enormous talent, here’s one of his own compositions – “Bring That Thing”. I’m not so sure about the video clip, but then you can just shut your eyes.