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Virgil & The Accelerators

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VIRGIL MCMAHON www.virgilandtheaccelerators.com is without doubt the finest young player to emerge in the UK for a good many years. Emulating his father when just 5 years of age, he picked up a mandolin and began to strum chords. From that day forward a guitar has never left his side and he would often be seen on balmy Friday nights running around helping his Father set up his stage gear at The Radium Beer Hall, South Africa, where he would play his blues to an appreciative audience.

By age 9 Virgil was absorbing his influences with frightening ease; Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top amongst others were soon emanating from his guitar. At 12 years of age he was invited to jam with the great bluesman Otis Grand, an evening that earned himhis first standing ovation.
The following few years saw Virgil playing at local gigs and festivals in and around his new home in Wales. It was widely agreed that something very special was being witnessed. Virgil decided to form a young and vibrant band thus avoiding the mistake a lot of young players make, that of surrounding themselves with a group of more seasoned professionals.Younger brother GABRIEL (at the time an unbeaten amateur boxer) was recruited to playdrums along with a local bass player. VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS were unveiled atthe prestigious West Midlands venue, the Robin 2 in Wolverhampton where they immediately established a rapport with the knowledgeable Robin 2 crowd.

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  • StratkatBlue

    Love what I'm hearing from this band! Virgil McMahon's driving guitar work is awesome. A must for the library of all you rocking blues fans!

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • lm525

    Excellent, stunning guitarist

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • redecho

    Impressive music from an amazingly talented young band!!

    26 Nov 2011 Reply

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