Harry Manx

Prolific Canadian multi-instrumentalist Harry Manx will bring his arsenal of (mainly) string instruments to Bendigo for a welcome return to the Capital Theatre on Wednesday, February 28.

A Harry Manx gig really is unlike any other. He effortlessly fuses western and eastern styles of music, mixing blues, folk, country and Indian sounds along the way.

“Mystissippi Blues” evocatively describes Manx’s genre-defying style.

It’s been 18 months since Manx’s last Bendigo show, which was a sell-out. The Isle of Man-born, Toronto-based musician is a hard-working purveyor of his trade.

New album, Faith Lift, is his 13th album in 14 years. This is his 12th Australian tour in the last decade-and-a-half.

There’s a new dimension to the Harry Manx sound on this latest album though. He incorporates a string quartet.

“The strings give my music such an amazing lift, it feels like I have wings,” he said.

Harry Manx’s appeal is enduring. He will have an array of instruments accompanying him, including a 21-stringed mohan veena (Indian slide guitar), banjo, harmonica, steel guitar, and cigar box guitar – at least.

Manx spent his earlier years busking in Europe, before more than a decade in India under the tutelage of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, who invented the mohan veena.

Faith Lift revisits some of Manx’s earlier recordings; now re-worked with the string quartet. The album also includes his version of soul legend Al Green’s Love and Happiness.

Toronto-based Manx impressed none other than Bruce Springsteen recently. “Watching Harry play tonight I feel like I learned something new…” Springsteen said.

Manx’s latest Australian tour includes a string of major city dates and an appearance at iconic Port Fairy.

He is joined by Sydney-based pianist Clayton Doley at Bendigo’s Capital Theatre, on Wednesday, February 28 at 8pm.

Tickets are available from the Capital on 5434 6100, or from GoTix.

– Simon Wooldridge

Twitter: @spwooldridge