Fans thrilled to see brilliant musician live

One of Canada's most legendary blues and folk musicians is heading to Rotorua to share his unique talents with locals for the first time.

Rotorua is one of just three locations in New Zealand where audiences will get the chance to see Canada's Harry Manx, a musician known for blending blues, folk music, and Hindustani classical music into one toe-tapping style, perform live.

This is the first time the musician will come to the country and he will perform at the Okere Falls Store tomorrow, performing two 45-minute sets.

Manx has spent decades fusing eastern musical traditions with the blues, switching between acoustic and electric guitars, banjo and the Mohan veena.


Over his illustrious career Manx has released 11 albums and his frequent tours have seen him earn a series of Maple Leaf, Juno and Canadian Folk Awards and nominations.

He has also toured Europe, Asia, Canada and Australia and was a nominee in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for his cover of Bruce Springsteen's I'm on Fire.

Rotorua band Swamp Thing will perform in acoustic mode before Manx takes to the stage.

The band's Michael Barker, who is also organising the concert, said the show was a fantastic opportunity to see a rare and brilliant musician perform.

"Harry Manx is a great and well-respected musician, who has a very unique style."

Swamp Thing takes the stage at 6.30pm with Manx performing from 7.30pm.

Tickets are $25 and available from the Library Cafe and the Okere Falls Store plus at the door, subject to availability.

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