SCHEDULED ARRIVAL Vickers Vimy are performing in Garbo’s this month
Vickers Vimy are set to play in Garbo’s, Castlebar, on Friday, November 15, at 9pm. This Mayo-based band crafts songs that dwell on the borders of folk and Americana, with rich eclectic sounds anchoring lyrical themes of scratched vinyl nights and hazy Sunday mornings.
Named after the Mayo-made World War I bomber (the model that carried John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown to the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in 1919), Vickers Vimy know how to cross musical boarders, drawing from American and Hibernian influences to create a soaring sound that has no problem flying solo.
Their second album, ‘Atlas of Hearts’, was released in March 2018, making the RTÉ Radio One recommends list, with the two singles ‘Keep your eye on the road’ and ‘Mermaid Of Luna Park’ being playlisted. Their new single, ‘Bonfire of Dantes’, is out now.
The album saw them collaborate with Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames and Swell Season), while they have also played support for the late John Martyn, as well as The Hothouse Flowers, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Mundy. They also have shared the RTÉ Music Train with Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Damien Dempsey, Kodaline, Lisa O’Neill and Jack L.
Vickers Vimy’s sound has been described by Hotpress as ‘gloriously timeless’ with ‘woozing, drifting songcraft that is instantly palpable’, while Golden Plec has heaped praise on the band’s songwriting and arrangements, saying they’re ‘of such great quality that no moment lacks in brilliance’.
The band is comprised of Ed Drea from Carlow (vocals and acoustic guitar), Fintan Hanley from Ballaghaderreen (electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, harmonies), Kilmaine native Eamonn Mulderrig (drums, percussion, piano, accordion, midi, harmonies) and Gorey man Ciarán Byrne (bass, guitars).
For more on Vickers Vimy, see www.vickersvimy.ie, or follow them on Facebook. Tickets for the Garbos gig on November 15 will be available on the door (€15 each). For more, see www.garbosvenue.com.