With 30 years honing his skills as a songwriter, slide guitarist, bluegrass flatpick guitarist and story-teller, Melbourne's Dave Diprose has etched his place into the Melbourne acoustic scene. His music is steeped in tradition and rich with Australian heritage.
He plays Delta Blues with the power, passion and pizzazz you’d expect to hear on the plantations and juke joints of old Mississippi. His voice is earthy and raw, cajoling the spirit of a Robert Johnson or Charley Patton, and his mastery of the metal-bodied slide guitar unparalleled.
"One of the most authentic blues artists in the country. A fantastic blend of tradition with an Australian edge". Lloyd Spiegel (Premier Endorsee Cole Clark Guitars).
"As long as there are dedicated blues troubadours such as Dave Diprose carrying on this century old music tradition, it will continue to not only survive, but flourish". Al Hensley (Rhythms Magazine).
Performing with his band Hillbilly Radio, he blends the sounds of Country-swing, Bluegrass and Old-timey with original tales. Hillbilly Radio features humorous and heartfelt songs, old-fashioned storytelling, and music that sets the feet a-tappin'.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Hillbilly Radio performance. The show was world class with honest stories and songwriting of real authenticity. The sweet sound of singing, dobro, fiddle and guitar really lifted my spirits". Ron King (An Acoustic Companion - Radio 3MDR).
Dave is an engaging storyteller and highly regarded songwriter. His compositions feature domestic humour and Australian stories of rural communities, drought and heartbreak, long distance relationships, ANZACS, miners and railway men.
"Dave stands out from the pack by finding the right balance. He creates freely while remaining true to his sources." Matthew Fredericks (Melbourne PBS FM)
"Dave's storytelling adds to the appeal of his songs". Billy Pinnell (Australian Music Guru).
A performer with decades of experience to boast, Dave is a true professional who has performed with and supported a host of international acts, and has appeared at most major festivals. Those lucky enough to catch him in full flight at festivals such as Cygnet Folk Festival (Tas), the Australian Blues Festival (Goulburn NSW), or Broadbeach (Qld) will agree that he is a powerful performer and storyteller who is one of the outstanding blues and bluegrass artists in the country.