Virgil and the Accelerators
Renowned for pushing the boundaries of the blues rock genre and
delivering incendiary live sets VATA have been making a huge impression
across Europe. Touring in their own right and on premium support tours
with the likes of Michael Schenkers Temple Of Rock, Uriah Heep and Wilko
Johnson. Exploding onto the scene in 2009 they working relentlessly
through the pub and club scene.
2011 saw the release of their critically acclaimed debut album called
The Radium. The released gained many 5 star reviews and notably Classic
Rock Magazine included it in their best of year round up. Also gaining
2nd place to The Black Keyes in the coveted Best Albums award by USA
magazine Blues Rock Review. Not bad for 3 teenagers.
2012 saw the band recording a live DVD/CD to a packed house at the
Marshall Amplification HQ in Milton Keynes.
2013 the band managed to bag legendary producer Chris Tsangarides who
has produced Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest amongst
others. The album due to be releases in September 2013 will show
maturity and growth that will take the band to another level.
Virgil being handed a Mandolin at age 3 and subsequently progressed
to a shorter scale 1/4 size acoustic at age 4. His first guitar hero and
main influence was his father had a guitar player himself since his
early teens. He passed his love of good music and all things guitar onto
his first born Virgil.
From an early age Virgil showed a keen and enthusiastic interest in
guitar and music due to his home life being full of just that. As a kid
growing up in South Africa he was often sat side of stage at his dad’s
gigs soaking up all he saw and learning about how a band worked. The
family immigrated to the UK when he was 10 and by age 13 he was sitting
in with his dad’s newly formed band The Accelerators with best mate Hugh
Morgan. After much encouragement from Hendry and Hugh, Virgil was made a
permanent member of The Accelerators. The band was reborn as Virgil and
The Accelerators in 2006.
In 2009 Virgil & The Accelerators took on a different slant in the form
of Virgil’s younger brother Gabriel on drums who had joined a year
previous & a local yokel bass player from Abwrystwyth who moved on
Jack first picked up the bass aged 13 at the request of his
friends who had formed a small garage band. Jack took it up very quickly
and was gigging local venues with his friends at 14 years of age. After
some years of gigging with several different bands, Jack decided to take
his craft seriously by taking the route of a University education. He
studied Music at Birmingham City and Derby university. After 3 years of
general dossing and laziness, Jack finished his studies. Shortly after
Jack’s time at university it became blatantly obvious that a 9 to 5 life
was going to be the last thing he was going to pursue. Therefore after a
few seconds of deliberation he decided to pursue the only life he could
envision living….that of a musician. The way in which he searched for
the opportunity was through the medium of the internet. After several
fruitless attempts of finding a local group of musicians, Jack stumbled
upon the advert that would change his life. The unknown band were based
in the Birmingham area, they needed a bass player, and most importantly
they were under the age of 60. That unknown band would later be revealed
as Virgil and the Accelerators….who happened to live 1 mile from Jack’s
Gabriel was following a passion for boxing when Virgil suggested
joining him in the band. Like his brother the mojo flowed through his
veins and he took to playing them drums with frightening ease.
Today you will find Gabriel behind his custom built Natal kit. A
formidable talent that drives the band through their relentless live
A typical day will see Gabriel sneaking into the rehearsal studio for 2
hours of practice before his band mates join him for band rehearsal.
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