FRI Stage 3 8:45 – 10:00pm With the Warrambool Symphony Orchestra Octet
SAT Stage 2 11:30am – 1:00pm The Guitarists
SUN Stage 1 3:15 – 4:30pm With the Warrambool Symphony Orchestra Octet
SUN Stage 5 10:15 – 11:15pm
Harry Manx is back with his new take on the ‘Blues meets Ragas’ theme that has defined his sound so well. Harry with a String Quartet provides an evening of cross-cultural music that references both Indian and western music. His ‘East meets West’ compositions are brought to light in a whole new way with the inclusion of the string quartet. As Harry put it ‘the strings give my music such an amazing lift, feels like I have wings”.
Sitting centre stage playing drums and guitars Harry drives the rhythms onward and forward with deep grooves, soulful patterns and spacious tones. Using an Indian slide guitar, an all-metal National steel, a banjo, cigar box guitar and harmonica to lay down his audible vision, the music carries the audience in a trance-like state. The lyrics draw from the works of the mystic poets with words of inspiration woven into story lines about everyday people.
This latest project builds on his collaborations with string quartets while touring across Canada with stops at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the National theatre in Ottawa, the Koerner Hall in Toronto and the Banff Centre of the Arts.
“Manx’s goal was always to combine East & West and the performances here show that he has succeeded in forming a seamless whole,” John Valenteyn, Maple Blues Magazine