THE very talented blues singer/one man band, Mike Whellans, is going to perform at Milngavie Folk Club in The Fraser Centre, Milngavie, on Saturday, August 13.
Born in the Scottish Borders, Mike began his musical life in the late 1950s/early 1960s playing his father’s drum kit. At the age of 14 he was playing in local dance bands before turning professional in 1969.
In the early 1970s, he teamed up with Aly Bain, the brilliant and renowned traditional fiddler from the Shetland Islands, and for four years toured the UK, Europe, USA, and Canada, showing off his ability for playing amazingly clean and crisp flat-pick guitar behind Aly’s fiddle.
He was also a founder member of the Irish/Scottish line-up of The Boys of the Lough, but he was always drawn towards the blues and he left the band after a year to forge his own musical path.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Mike lived in Denmark and toured all over Scandinavia, Germany and the Low Countries, as well as working back home in the UK touring solo and turning out
with those madcap Scottish musos, The Vindscreen Vipers Skiffle Group and the Block Bros Blues Band from Edinburgh.
Now, Mike’s back home again in Scotland, working as Scotland’s premier one-man blues band - with his guitars, mouth-harps, vocals and drum-kit - and of course his show-stopping, beatboxing vocal percussion.
He has developed a creative partnership with Robin Morton, head of Temple Records, and has released three successful records. The most recent release, 2008s ‘Fired-Up & Ready’, saw the ‘one-man band’ team up with a few musical friends, including Dave Bromberg & Battlefield Band.
Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £10 and are available from www.milngaviefolkclub.co.uk or Milngavie Bookshop, Douglas St or Art Forum, Station Rd or phone 07743885991 (reservations only).