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Manx marries the music of East and West

by on January 28, 2013

19_HarryManxA versatile multi-instrumentalist who marries Indian classical music to southern blues, Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West. Coming to The Playhouse Tuesday, February 19, Harry Manx’s World Affairs featuring Yeshe and Kiran Ahluwalia brings together musicians of different cultural backgrounds in a setting that allows for the uniqueness of each artist to come forward.

Harry has invited Yeshe Reiners from Australia (by way of Africa and Europe) to join him on a variety of African instruments. Yeshe has released his latest CD Wings & Roots in 2011 and it quickly climbed into the top 10 on rotation in Montreal. Yeshe plays African instruments such as the Kamele Ngoni, the Mbira, latin percussion, and is considered a fine vocalist. He composes original songs that feature a wide variety of African influences based on traditional and contemporary sounds.

Expressing her muse through ghazals and Punjabi folk songs, Kiran Ahluwalia explores the language of the heart with beautiful artistry and smoldering intensity. Born in India, raised in Canada, and now living in New York City, her enchanting and seductive music has garnered glowing praise from critics around the world. Hers is “a voice destined to enchant more than one generation” (fROOTS) and she possesses “a deep spirituality and tranquility that borders on the mystic” (Sing Out Magazine). But most of all, Kiran Ahluwalia is a unique and inspiring performer and composer, who’s legion of fans continues to grow with every captivating performance and each new recording project.  

Harry Manx has spent years fusing eastern musical traditions with the blues, switching effortlessly between conventional guitars, harmonica, banjo and the decidedly different Mohan Veena, a 20-stringed instrument invented by Manx’s Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. During his twelve years of living in India, Harry became a student of music and a lover of all things Indian. Manx is often referred to as the “Mysticssippi” Blues Man, because of his expertise in melding both East and West music together and therefore, “creating musical short stories that wed the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas.” Over the last 10 years, Harry Manx released 11 Albums and has garnered a room full of awards including, seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist and won CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award” in 2007.” His most recent accomplishment was receiving yet another Juno Nomination for “Blues Album of the Year,” for his release, “Bread and Buddha” in 2010.

Tickets for Harry Manx’s World Affairs featuring Yeshe and Kiran Ahluwalia are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at

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