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Tony Villiers and The Villains

Other // Armagh, Armagh

“One of the best live acts in the country at the moment. A storming set. Quite magical"
Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster

“Villiers and The Villains would blow away any roots music audience anywhere”
Trevor Hodgett, R&R Magazine
With their critically acclaimed new LP ‘Music Confounds The Machines’ garnering high praise from BBC Radio Scotland’s Ricky Ross and BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean amongst others, Villiers and The Villains continue their upward spiral with raw and raucous gigs at Electric Picnic, Stendhal Festival, Kilkenny Roots, Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast City Blues and The American Bar to name but a few. Old school rhythm, rock ‘n’ blues akin to The Band and Bob Dylan, these villains are proving they are ones to watch out for.
"Dylan and The Band in The Big Pink basement, after a couple of bottles of red"
R2 Magazine

“You want your support to be good…but not this good!”
Mark Kermode, BBC & The Dodge Brothers

“Frantic, dirty blues sounds of the 60’s Reeperbahn. Other more tender moments drip with an ‘Astral Weeks’ like sweet cherry wine”
Folk & Tumble

"Ten out of ten for ripping it up"
Acoustic Magazine

"Vague echoes of Blind Boy Fuller"
Blues In Britain

"I'm lovin' this album"
Big Boy Bloater, The Blues Magazine, Teamrock Radio

"All the attributes of a modern day folk music hero"
Fatea, David Dee Moore

"Superb songwriting rooted in a great tradition."
Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster
With a blues-fuelled old American-country-folk sound akin to Willie Nelson mixed with Bob Dylan and a shot of Lou Reed thrown in for good measure, this Americana edged four-piece are sure to thrill with their unique musical vibe. Fresh from stomping gigs at Kilkenny Roots Festival, the Guinness Blues Café at The Deer’s Head, Belfast and their spiritual home at The American Bar, Sailortown, Belfast, make sure and join this folk-blues-country-tinged groove machine on the next chapter in their ‘on the road’ adventure...