Harry Manx – Slide Guitar, Lowebow and Mohan Veena

This morning I listened to the latest  CBC Live podcast.

In this podcast

Harry Manx presents his unique blend of “Mystic-ssippi” blues, in an intimate solo show recorded in Kelowna, BC.

The complete concert was also availabe on the CBC Concert on Demand site. There I have found the following description:

Harry Manx’s touring has taken him to four continents and his horizon is still expanding. Harry’s concerts are like reuniting with an old friend, and with that friend trying out a favourite recipe — but this time with different herbs and spices.

This concert was recorded early in Harry Manx’s “Bread & Buddha” CD release tour. The CD is Harry’s ninth album. Musically, Harry Manx is back to mostly solo material – on the tour, Harry performed alone but on the CD, Samidha Joglekar does vocals on a few tracks.

Harry Manx is a musician who plays slide guitars or harmonica and sings blues and other songs. His style reminds me sometimes to the music of the Dire Straits, or to the music of Ry Cooder. He is a great performer and singer. If you like the slide guitar and the blues you should what some of his videos.

I have searched for some typical videos that show Harry Manx with his different instruments.

Here is the first example with the slide guitar:

Harry Manx – “Only Then Will Your House Be Blessed”


Harry seems to be a friend of some very special instruments. Sometime he uses a special electrified cigarbox slide guitar, the lowebow, an instrument that was invented by John Lowe (see also http://cigarboxguitars.com/features/Johnny_Lowe.php)

This is a video of Harry Manx playing the lowebow:

Harry Manx – I’m On Fire

Mohan Veena

Another instrument played by Harry Manx is the Mohan Veena, a guitar with added sympathetic strings that sounds like a mixture of slide guitar with the sitar or other Indian instruments. You can see and hear the Mohan Veena in the following video:

Harry Manx – “Reuben’s Train”

A short documentary profile by Andrew White featuring East-West fusion artist Harry Manx playing a traditional Appalachian tune on his signature instrument, the 20-stringed Mohan Veena

Homepage of Harry Manx: http://www.harrymanx.com/

Playlist with more videos with Harry Manx: Slide Guitar – Harry Manx

New concert – June 2011: http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20110413hmanx

20 Strings and the Truth – Harry Manx (Amazon partnerlink)



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