Date:   3/27/2010

Harry Manx, the Mysticssissippi Bluesman, coming to Thrasher

Harry Manx, the Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist who opened for the legendary folk icon Richie Havens last year, will be returning to the historic Thrasher Opera House on March 27 for a solo performance, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Manx is an accomplished and adventurous lap-slide guitarist - whether playing a National resonator, a solid body lap-steel, a modified banjo or cigar-box guitar, or his signature 20-string Mohan Veena - and a compelling singer with a rich, warm, and soulful voice who writes intelligent and compassionate songs and puts them over with heartfelt conviction. Manx is also a commanding live performer - which is why Richie Havens has him open as many of his shows as possible.

Manx's soulful, smoky voice sounds a little like a blend of Havens and Bruce Springsteen (his cover of "I'm On Fire" gained the approval of the Boss himself), and his guitar playing deftly blends American roots and Indian slide-guitar stylings. Like Havens, Manx's set includes covers ("Goodtime Charlie's Got the Blues," "Tijuana," "Can't be Satisfied," etc.) with strong originals, played on acoustic instruments tuned to open-D. But unlike him, Manx plays his guitars largely lap-style, with a slide, including the 20-string Mohan Veena designed and built by Indian master guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

An intrepid traveler from the very beginning, Harry Manx’s ninth album is a culmination of thirty-five years of world exploration. “Bread and Buddha” (2009) is one man’s musical meditation on the ephemeral nature of the human experience. The songs inhabit "a rare musical place where blues, country, folk and Indian classical music co-exist as some spirit force".

A successful touring performer, Manx has brought his "breathtaking" solo shows across Canada, into the USA, Australia, and France, and most recently to Singapore and Spain. He has appeared at many prestigious festivals, world-class theatres, concert halls and infamous Blues clubs around the globe.

"Ry Cooder is as good a point of reference as any for newcomers to Manx.  But while such comparisons may work to describe Manx's fretwork, the raw sensuality of his sound is all his own. Rarely has folk blues sounded as hauntingly beautiful." - Chicago Sun Times

Tickets for this much-anticipated performance are only $22 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279. Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Special accommodations provided by the Heidel House.

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