Mr Valach is a fiery Melbourne based blues/soul infused, reggae/roots inspired, singer/songwriter, and lead guitarist who has performed alongside some of Australia’s biggest names in blues music including Russell Morris, Geoff Achison, Jeff Lang, Lloyd Spiegel, Jimi Hocking, Ray Beadle and on numerous occasions he has been the dynamic guitarist behind renowned harmonica player Mr Chris Wilson. Weaving together intense guitar and soulful vocals Mr Valach takes you on a journey from lights down low soul ballads to energetic shuffle romps delivered in demanding fashion. Mr Valach first made a name for himself honing his craft at local blues jams and after being selected to perform on the “Unearthed Stage” at The Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival and Winter Blues Festival in Echuca by the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society alongside his outfit Blues Mountain their sound caught the rapt attention of everyone from the loyal traditional blues followers to the casual-part time listener.
With an unmatched dedication, hard work, devotion, and a killer rhythm section to boot Jesse Valach and Blues Mountain have produced a tight riveting live show and with their self-tiled debut album and newly released ‘Separation Street’ both coming in at #2 and #3 respectively on the Australian Blues and Roots it is a definite testimony to that. ‘Separation Street’ also received a nomination for Best Blues/roots Album at The Age Victorian Music Awards 2015. Mr Valach also carries the honour of being Melbourne Blues Performer of the year 2017 where he represented the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January 2017. With jam packed album launches at the GH Hotel-St Kilda and The Catfish-Fitzroy including very successful overseas tours in New Zealand and Fiji Jesse Valach has proven that from local blues jams to the international stage he is a musician who is indeed on the rise.
Catch Jesse Valach & The Testaments with local support Jed Gabriel this Sunday the 10th of March at The Newmarket Hotel. $5 entry for members of the Highway 31 Blues Club / $10 for non-members. 3pm – 6pm