About Virgil

Virgil McMahon, frontman and lead guitarist of a successful blues/rock band - Virgil & The Accelerators - has performed on stages across the globe, impressing fans and fellow musicians alike with his skills and passion.


Over the past decade, Virgil has released four albums under Virgil & The Accelerators, each one gaining more success than the last. However, his success as a solo musician is equally impressive, winning Best Guitarist at the European Blues Awards and playing alongside the likes of Joanne Shaw Taylor, Uriah Heep, Wilko Johnson, Johny Winter, South-Side Johny and The Asbury Dukes.


Virgil has been wielding a guitar for over 25 years, after picking up the instrument at age 4, inspired and encouraged by his father, Hendry.

Born in South Africa, raised in the UK, and discovered aged 12  by Blues music great Otis Grand, Virgil spent his early teenage years cutting his teeth playing in bars and clubs every weekend with his father's band the Accelerators, which later evolved into a power trio featuring Virgil's younger brother Gabriel Mcmahon on drums.


After a six-year-long hiatus and a restructuring within the band, VATA is returning to the stage in 2022, bringing back their distinct blues/rock style with a new flare and an album in the works.