Moments before beginning this review, I received a joyful note from NorthernBlues advising me that the Harry Manx CD titled "Dog My Cat" has received the Canadian Indie Award as "Blues Album of the Year." We reviewed the debut CD last July and heartily agree with their choice. Manx is a unique entertainer.
Having toured internationally for 25 years as a one-man band, Manx has heard, studied and absorbed many styles. He spent five years in India with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, the inventor of the 20 stringed Mohan Veena. The artist is working on his own design variation of the instrument. He is heard on this new release performing a wide range of songs ranging from his own "Roses Given", to Van Morrison’s "Crazy Love" ad "Foxy Lady" penned by Jimi Hendrix.
I certainly logged a few favorites including "Only Then Will Your House Be Blessed." It showcases Manx in a true blues mood on slide guitar and a great harp solo. You’ll hear the 20 stringed Veena on several tracks and as a solo instrument on the eastern flavored "Raga Nat Bhariav." "Don’t Forget To Miss Me" finds the artist on banjo and slide guitar. It was written quoting the way his wife signs her letters to him when he travels. As mush as I enjoyed the Hendrix, Morrison and B.B.King items, I really favor the Harry Manx compositions. He is a unique writer / performer.
I seldom mention artwork but can’t resist in this case. The beautiful images by Najma Romeiro are stunning. Recommended!