OF HARRY MANX CONCERT 9 JANUARY 2004
MANX - CORNER HOTEL - 9 JANUARY 2004
musician Harry Manx thrilled his fans with a heart-warming performance
at the Corner Hotel on Friday night on 9 January 2004.
a well disposed and respectful crowd, were entertained by a range of songs
from the Harry Manx repertoire comprising original compositions as well
as covers from artists like Jimmi Hendrix, Van Morrison and Muddy Waters.
his distinctive blend of Indian influenced Blues on a variety of
instruments, and sounding like a virtual one-man-band, Manx performed
for three hours with a short break half way through. He opened the
show with "Baby Please Don't Go" from his first album
Dog My Cat accompanying his warm vocals on a lap slide guitar.
"Brick and Stone" also from Dog My Cat followed.
He then brought out his banjo and giving the instrument an Indian
raga beat sang "Don't' Forget to Miss Me" from his second
album Wise and Otherwise and "The Thrill is Gone".
Manx at the Corner - photo by AS
his instrument to the 20 string Mohan Veena, a sort of enhanced guitar
with a sitar like sound he sang a bluesy version of Van Morrison's "Crazy
Love" and one of his own compositions "Hold on Down" and
a new song called "Stirring in the Breeze".
that his guitar was an old Martin which originally had belonged to a member
of the Bachman Turner Overdrive band. Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied"
ended the set.
on the lap slide guitar he performed "Coat of Mail" and,
in what Manx termed Indian Bluegrass, a brilliant version of "Sitting
on Top of the World".
the break, he played 10 more songs, the highlights being "Make
Way for the Living", a lovely lilting tune, "Long Black
Veil" which he has recorded for a Johnny Cash Blues Tribute
"Johnny's Blues", "Foxy Lady" a sort
of Indian tinged version of the Hendrix classic , pretending to
smash his guitar a la Hendrix afterwards.
Manx with Banjo (photo by AS)
was rounded off by two encores the first being another Hendrix number
"Voodoo Child" and "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues"
a request from a member of the audience.
was a great favourite at the Port Fairy Folk Festival last year. It is
easy to see why. He will be returning to Australia in March and will be
performing at the East Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Byron Bay in
April and will be doing a few shows in Melbourne as well. Be sure to catch
him - he's a great performer and a consummate musician.
DOG MY CAT (2000)
WISE AND OTHERWISE (2002)
ROAD RAGAS (LIVE CD 2003)
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