Still not into his 20s, Virgil McMahon is the latest UK-raised blues-rock prodigy. Backed in a power-trio by his drummer brother Gabriel and bassist Jack Timmis, Virgil has already gone some way to establishing himself on the UK touring circuit, yet few will have expected a debut album quite as mature and accomplished as this.
Virgil & The Accelerators:
Welsh whippersnapper delivers the goods.
Although on stage he covers Hendrix, the Bluesbreakers and Stevie Ray Vaughan, this album triumphs thanks to the combined strength of 11 self-written songs and the technique of its main creator.
Opener Working Man has a slight ring of Joe Bonamassa, but Virgil is no mere copyist, and the weighty Backstabber grasps the nettle of youthful anger.