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 McMahon

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 sometime later.

 

Jack AlexanderTimmis

 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 house….

 

Gabriel McMahon

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 sets.

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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