First of all, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston tonight. My son was going to watch the Marathon from Copley Square, so you can imagine what went through my head when I heard the news about the bombs. Fortunately, he decided to stay near his apartment up by Fenway.
Harry Manx is known as the “Mysticssippi Blues Man” whose music is a link between east and west. He was born on the Isle of Man in the UK, but migrated to Ontario with his parents as a child. At the age of 15, he started working as a roadie and worked his way up to become the sound man at the Mocambo Club, a blues establishment in Toronto where he worked with a slew of blues legends. At the age of 20, he went to Europe and made money busking on street corners. From there he moved to Japan where he worked and played for the next ten years. He did a stint in India under the tutelage of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, the inventor of the ten stringed Mohan Veena.
He returned to Canada and now lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. His music, although heavily steeped in the blues, contains elements of Indian ragas, creating a unique style and sound that has a mystical spiritual quality to it. He is a prolific recording artist having released 12 albums in 12 years. He has received 7 Maple Blues Awards, 6 Juno nominations, the 2005 Canadian Folk Music Award for best solo artist, and the 2007 CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Award.
Oh, and did I mention his voice? It’s a perfect match for his blues guitar style. Enjoy!
Nine summers lost: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXfyDbkINPo
Make way for the living: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QwIB5Hbs2w
Baby please don’t go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysA_2cVHRxQ
Crazy love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnX0D9ACIfs
Voodoo child: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNUTD6fylLc
A little cruel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC5Er3Fa6K0
Don’t stand at my grave and weep: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNvk242lr-I
Long black veil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52FjggBv94M
Don’t forget to miss me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWSRSzNv0yc
Can’t be satisfied: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO73Fczq9IM
Walking ghost blues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17xZ_evOHl4
If you’ve never had an Asian pear, you need to try one. When I was overseas, they were my favorite fruit. They look like an oversized funky apple with a greenish yellow skin, but the texture is crisp and like the juiciest pear you’ve ever tasted. The 2010 Domaine Vincent Ricard Cuvee Les Trois Chenes Touraine brings back memories of my days in Kuwait with its aromas of a freshly cut Asian pear. The flavors follow the nose with the addition of a bit of citrus and honey. It’s a fresh, crisp wine with great acidity, perfect for sipping. Vincent Ricard is one of my favorite winemakers and at $18.00 a bottle, this is a Sauvignon Blanc like no other.