BLUESMAN Mike Whellans is playing live at the George Hotel, South Molton on Friday evening. He began his musical life in the late 1950s/early 1960s playing his father's drum kit, and by the age of 14 was playing in local dance bands. In 1969 he decided t

BLUESMAN Mike Whellans is playing live at the George Hotel, South Molton on Friday evening.He began his musical life in the late 1950s/early 1960s playing his father's drum kit, and by the age of 14 was playing in local dance bands. In 1969 he decided to turn professional and very soon released a first solo album.In the early 1970s, Mike was a member of the traditional Scots-Irish band, Boys of the Lough, and worked in a duo with fellow-Boy Aly Bain for about three years, playing amazingly clean and crisp flat-pick guitar behind Aly's fiddle.After living in Denmark during the 80s and 90s and touring throughout Scandinavia and Germany, Mike is living back in the Scottish Borders again and working as Scotland's only (as far as we know) one-man blues band. With his guitars, mouth-harps, vocals and drum-kit - and of course his show-stopping, "mouth percussion" - he's a a real tour de force. That voice too - raw, and packed with energy. BBC radio's Mike Harding has described him as "a bluesman of amazing ability...a totally brilliant one man band."The show starts at 8.30pm. For tickets, call (01769) 572514.