Bert Deivert is most likely a name not represented in everyone's record collections. We should do something about that because this American based in Sweden, with more than 30 years in the blues, is something as uncommon as a veteran with a genuinely novel approach to his music and his musical heroes." - Blues News magazine, Norway BERT DEIVERT
Born 1950, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Bert Deivert grew up in Derry, New Hampshire, on the east coast of the United States. He finished his university studies as an award-winning filmmaker with an MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, while supporting himself as a musician. He moved to Sweden in 1974 where he embarked on his career as a singer/songwriter. He has had songs covered by other artists, done numerous radio and tv shows, and composed for theatre. Bert has played together with such diverse musicians as singer/songwriter Peter Case, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, old-timey legend Tom Paley, blues artist Eric Bibb, and Swedish cult favorites Sven-Ingvars.
Irish traditional music has been his passion for the past 25 years, making trips to Ireland to play music as often as he can. He began playing in a duo with Christy O'Leary 3 years ago, and now Bert’s main focus is on Irish music. His unique guitar and bozouki accompaniment is easily recognizable. He also performs traditional Irish and Swedish music with his wife Eva in their duo LÖCKRA. Bert's main instruments for folk music are Irish bouzouki and DADGAD tuned guitar
Instruments played: Guitar, Bouzouki
Bert Deivert is an American blues artist now living in Sweden. He has been playing professionally for 34 years and has performed all over the world in various constellations within the folk music and blues genres. He has released 3 solo albums, 6 duo albums, and performed on many other artists' albums.
Bert Deivert was born 1950, in Boston, Massachusetts
Like many American families, his family moved around every three years or so till he was 14 years old. He lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Utah, California, and finally in Derry, New Hampshire on the east coast of the United States. While supporting himself as a musician playing solo on the streets of San Francisco and with other street friends like Peter Case, he learned to play for an audience. He moved to Sweden in 1974 where he has worked ever since as a singer/songwriter. He has had several songs covered by other artists, and has done widespread radio, tv, and theatre work. Bert has played together with such diverse musicians as singer/songwriter Peter Case, blues artist Eric Bibb, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, old timey legend Tom Paley, and Irish piper and singer Christy O'Leary.
In 1966 Bert saw Son House on public television and was so amazed by what he saw that he immediately broke a wine bottle to make his own bottleneck. He has been hooked on the blues and Son House ever since.
Bert's repertoire consists of blues classics by the likes of Son House, Yank Rachell, Sam Chatmon, Skip James, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell, Tampa Red, Sleepy John Estes, and some original tunes that fit right into the style of Delta and country blues. Bert's specialties are blues mandolin, slide guitar, as well as his distinctive and powerful voice.
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