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Typically associated with the Blues and Roots movement and acoustic in nature Mike De Velta's intoxicating compositions and performances are constantly on the move. A rich showcase of modern folk,blues and a hint of the eastern expressed through the shimmering and delightful tones of lap slide, ukulele and acoustic guitars.
Live shows are a powerful showcase of this rootsy, earthy style. Musicianship, professionalism and commanding vocal and instrumental delivery provide a captivating showcase for the discerning listener.
A full house dancing to the tune of a solo artist is evidence enough in itself. As they say, "The proofs in the Pudding", and this performer lacks no ingredients!
More About Mike de Velta
Born (1967) and raised in London Mike immigrated to Perth, Australia with his family at the age of thirteen. It was Mike’s sister’s cheap classical guitar which drew him to his first explorations in music. During his early twenties Mike’s musical journey was deepened after meeting the sensational Indonesian session guitarist Dilli Rihenna in the unlikely Aboriginal township of Roebourne, WA.
“Dilli’s approach to learning the guitar was to revolutionise my whole musical experience. His thorough understanding of the mechanics of music and the functions of the guitar inspired me to follow suit.”
The North West town of Karratha proved to be fertile soil in which Mike’s early live experiences could develop into a solid repertoire of early Blues standards. Utilising both Dobro Resonator Guitar and Acoustic Guitar, from time to time he would perform at the Walkington Theatre where he was able to support and learn from a number of significant travelling Australian artists and groups. Still in the North West, by 1999 Mike had formed a partnership with harmonica player Mark Whinnen and a duo called “The Mudcats” was born.
The Mudcats developed a solid reputation in the area for performing vibrant Delta and Texas style blues.vMike is currently living in Fremantle, Western Australia, and regularly performs as a solo artist utilising bluesy vocals, harmonica (employed in a neck brace), 12 string, resonator, lap steel, acoustic guitars and a stomp box (basically a miked wooden box for a kick drum effect!).
Typically associated with the roots and blues movement and acoustic in nature Mike’s intoxicating performances are constantly on the move. A rich showcase of modern folk, blues and a hint of the eastern expressed through the shimmering and delightful tones of lap slide, ukulele and acoustic guitars.
Mike has just self produced his latest album “Frontline” and features on all guitars, lap steel, harmonica, bass, vocals and keyboards. Drums and percussion are eloquently played by Dean Wuksta, an earlier member of the popular Western Australian outfit the Blue Shaddy Band.