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Exotic Influences Give Muso Original Flavour

Exotic Influences Give Muso Original Flavour

Who: Harry Manx
Where: Gallipoli Legion Club
Author: Jade Lazerevic
When: Wednesday November 28, 2001

COMBINING traditional Indian sitar with slide guitar, Canadian guitar wizard Harry Manx is an artist who can easily stake claim to being one of the most original in the world.

Manx first explored his love for Indian music in 1992 when he began a five-year study of Indian classical music and slide guitar with Grammy award winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Manx developed his skills on a custom made 20-string Indian slide guitar that was specially created by Bhatt.

He has learnt to play a lap-slide guitar and blues harmonica simultaneously and the banjo.

He also plays the Mohan veena, an Indian slide guitar and combines Indian music with western instruments.

Manx combines traditional and western influences to create original music that ranges from barrelhouse blues to ballads to Indian ragas.

His opening shows at the East Coast Blues Festival demonstrated how the blues could be used to create a unique sound to any genre of music.

Manx will perform at the Gallipoli Legion Club next Wednesday, playing new compositions and re-interpreted blues standards.

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