BRITAIN’S foremost one-man blues band is heading to Selkirk's String Jam Club next month.

Hailing from Lauder, Mike Whellans is widely known for his energised good-time blues and sizzling one-man-band performances.

Mike is a long-time fixture on the UK and international club, concert, TV, radio and festival circuit, as a solo performer, band leader and session musician.

Born in the Borders, Mike was playing in local dance bands in his teens and by 1969 turned professional.

In the early 1970s, Mike toured with Aly Bain, across the UK, Europe, USA, and Canada.

He was also an early member of the Irish/Scottish line-up of The Boys of the Lough.

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.

But now he's back home and ready to thrill at the County Hotel on Friday, June 7.

String Jam promoter Allie Fox told us: "Mike is one of the few artists who can sing and play guitar, drum kit and harmonica, and all at the same time with great skill.

"His beatbox vocal percussion is legendary and will make your jaw drop.

"The blues is meant to make you blue, but with his honky-tonk swagger and boogie-woogie drive, this is the kind of blues to get you smiling from ear to ear."

Described as “one of Scotland’s heroes” by Mike Harding, this one-man-blues-explosion is a veritable tour de force.

‘Best Act’ at Mettman Blues Week in 2008, he plays unashamedly good solid rocking 12-bar blues on six and 12-string guitars (both acoustic and electric) at eye-watering speed.

And he blows those mouth-harps like an out of control express train.

His boundless energy and outstanding musicianship wins everyone over.

There may be only one guy on-stage, but close your eyes's the Mike Whellans Band!

Mike plays the String Jam Club on Friday, June 7.

Doors open 7.30 pm.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite (booking fees apply), in person from the County Hotel or on 01750 705000, or contact String Jam Club by email for enquiries and reservations -