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Insanely talented local Blues Rock Trio play The Marrs Bar

Sunday 4 March 2012

Friday 16th March sees the immensely talented and critically acclaimed Virgil& The Accelerators take to the stage of one of the area’s finest live music venues.

Their critically acclaimed album ‘The Radium’ has been recognized in Classic Rocks ‘Best Of 2011”and the coveted USA magazine Blues Rock Review in ‘Best Albums of 2011”.

Based in Bromsgrove and fronted by the astonishing 19 year old guitar virtuoso Virgil McMahon with his powerhouse brother Gabriel (18) on drums and Jack Alexander (20) holding it together on bass.

These guys have been on the scene for just two years and have already played the main stage at major festivals around Europe, plus touring in their own right.

Virgil & The Accelerators have toured with and won the recognition of big name bands such as Uriah Heep, Robin Trower, Blackfoot, Southside Johnny, Oli Brown, and Joanne Shaw Taylor. With Joanne they opened for the super group Black Country Communion at their two sold out shows at Wolverhampton Civic Hall and Shepherds Bush Empire.

So why should you see this band? Simple, the CD is awesome and live shows are jaw dropping live. They have an uncanny ability to get inside a song and turn it inside out. Virgil’s playing will take you from anthemic rocking riffs through to sublime blues.

Noted by his peers as one of the best guitarists to emerge from the UK in many years.

However what makes this band so special is the almost telepathic connection they have on stage. You go to see ‘a band’ and not just a talented front man. These guys perform as one, a rarity these days. You can check out videos and tracks on their web site

If you only see one band this year, make sure it is this one, especially for just £5!!

Check them out and find out more about them at


Classic Rock Magazine “Backstabber‘Best tracks of 2011”
Blues Rock Review USA “Best Albums of 2011. Second only to the Black Keys.”
Skegness Rock and Blues Festival 2012. “Thank God for Virgil and the Accelerators ! Over the years I have seen many a renowned guitarist, Randy California, Alvin Lee, Robin Trower, Jimmy Page etc, etc. It has been a long, long time since I have been so impressed as I was with not only Virgil, but the Accelerators as well. Band of the weekend.”From Gig Goer Uk 

“Highlights were Virgil and the Accelerators, new kids on the block who excelled with their brand of rocking blues. Watch out for them in 2012 as they will become darlings of the festival circuit.”

“If this band are in a small or medium sized venue near you, go see them, as they’ll soon be filling even bigger spaces, effortlessly.” Rock and Blues Box.


First Prize - 2 tickets the Marrs Bar gig on March 16th, A VATA Tee Shirt and a signed CD
Second Prize – A VATA Tee Shirt and a signed CD

For a chance to win all you have to do is answer the following question:
How old was Virgil when Otis Grand invited him to Jam?

(check out for a clue)

Send you answer to or txt 07979 598576. Winner will be notified by txt/email on 12th March and announced on