Virgil and the Accelerators
Virgil inspired by his father, first showed interest in the guitar at the tender age of 4 by mimicking his father strumming chords. By the time he was 10 years old Virgil listened to and became influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and Joe Bonamassa.
In 2002 the brothers moved from South Africa to West Wales and then in 2009 to Birmingham where they currently reside.
At 12 years of age Virgil was refused entry to an over 18s venue to see Otis Grand. Seeing his plight, Otis took Virgil under his wing and had him sit side of stage on one of his spare amps under the pretence of being Otis’s nephew. Otis called a wide eyed Virgil up for a jam that resulted in a standing ovation.
At 14 Virgil joined his father’s band ‘The Accelerators’. Virgil soon began to shine. Realising Virgil’s potential, his father and fellow band member Hugh Morgan (OBE) had the foresight to get Virgil to form a band with musicians of his own age. “Virgil & The Accelerators” was born.
Brother Gabriel was an obvious choice for a drummer. With no previous experience, he quickly showed signs of massive potential.
2010 saw them struggling to find a new young bass player. An advert was placed in a Birmingham music store and the first response to the advert was from current member Jack Alexander Timmis who lived within walking distance of the band’s self built rehearsal studio.
In 2011, the band released their debut album “The Radium” to rave reviews.
In 2012 ‘Live From Marshall’ DVD was recorded at the Holy Grail of sound, Marshall Amplification.