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Blues head Ray Reid extraordinaire and RPP FM presenter, is excited to introduce Jimi Hocking and Bert Deivert to his loyal listeners this Thursday, 27 February at 10pm on his Blues Shack program.

Ray is fortunate to present these two well-acclaimed musicians along side him in the RPP FM studios.

Bert Deivert, a blues mandolin player from Sweden will arrive in Melbourne to do a number of local gigs with Australian blues musician, Jimi Hocking.

There are only a handful of contemporary Blues Mandolin players in the world so when Bert Deivert and Jimi Hocking met in The Himalayas in 2011 to perform at a Blues Festival in Nepal, a great bond was formed as a result of their mutual enthusiasm for the genre.

Born in Boston Massachusetts, US, Bert developed an authentic blues style playing solo on the streets of San Francisco. While in Melbourne Australia, Jimi ‘the human’ Hocking forged a career as a rock and blues guitarist, moonlighting as a mandolin player on the side.

Both Bert and Jimi have released a large body of work including Blues Mandolin albums. Their meeting in Kathmandu was a riot of blues fun, swapping stories and jamming.

They will perform together once again in Melbourne playing songs from their solo albums and some traditional favourites.

Don’t miss these guys to see just what Blues Mandolin is all about.

TOUR DATES:
Friday 28th February 9.30pm The Elsternwick Hotel, (Elsternwick)
Saturday 1st March 5.30pm  Mordialloc Festival, (Peter Scullin Reserve, Mordialloc)
Sunday 2nd March 1.00pm Knox Festival, (Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully)
Sunday 2nd March 5.00pm Union Hotel (109 Union Street, Brunswick)
Tuesday 4th March 8.00pm Royal Standard Hotel – MBAS, (West Melbourne)
Saturday 8th March 6.30pm Motor City Music Festival – (Geelong)
Tuesday 11th March 8.00pm Grandview Hotel (Fairfield)

This week’s Blues Shack is a must for all lovers of Blues to sit and chill and listen to the musicians themselves speak to Ray Reid.

www.deivert.com
www.jimihocking.com

Collated by Debra Mar

Pictured: Left – Right:  Blues gurus Jimi Hocking & Bert Deivert jamming