If you don't know of this Canadian, take a deep seat, hold on tight and be ready for one of the most adventurous rides to a rare blending of acoustic blues and Indian music you might ever encounter. He studied for years in India with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Grammy winner with Ry Cooder for the stunning, A Meeting By The River). When he left India he received a gift of one of Bhatt's self-designed, custom made Mohan Veenas, a 20 stringed guitar/sitar (see photo). This was a catalyst for extending his fusion of east-west style of music. Manx is one performer that if you ever get a chance to see you should grab it up at any cost. It is a true fusing of these 2 styles of music done without the usual hoopla that goes with something new, but done beautifully.
His latest CD, Bread and Buddha, is the culmination of two years of work meticulous work by Manx and co-Producer John Bailey, a Juno Award Winner. This disc has full instrumentation and—don't let the sparse looking cover shot fool you—it is a disc that is rich in tone and substance. Listen to the fantastic treatment he gives to Charlie Patton's Moon Going Down. Or maybe you want to give a listen to one of the six tunes he penned where he makes his fusion of East and West complete. He is equally adept on the Mohan Veena, Nations Steel guitar, slide guitar as well as piano and tamboura. You owe yourself a treat and something new and completely different, and this is one you not only won't regret, however will cherish for a long time, happy you took the risk.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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