Vickers Vimy

Galway, County Galway

Vickers Vimy are a five piece collective formed by Ed Drea & Fintan Hanley.

They are a Galway based band and take their name from one of the the most celebrated cross Atlantic adventures, the flight of the Vickers Vimy from New Foundland to Clifden, Connemara in 1919.

This struck a chord with Ed and Fintan and the pair collected their notebooks and songs and endeavoured to make a record.

"Vol 1: That Vinyl Scratch" was released in March 2013. Produced by Daragh O'Toole and mixed by Ger McDonnell the album features Colm Mac An Iomaire from The Frames and The Swell Season and a good crew of friends.

"It’s not often that you fall in love with an album. It’s even more rare to love an album on first listen. Most of the time you come across slow-burners; ones that require a few spins before you can form any real opinions. There have been very few times that I have been enthralled by an album immediately after pressing play. However, my first listen to ‘Vol.1 That Vinyl Scratch’ by Vickers Vimy was one of those times, with their old-timey name, they bring to their listeners an old-timey sound. The whole album follows a strict theme of relaxed folk tunes. It tells the listener that all they should do for the next 40 or so minutes is sit-back, relax, and get lost in the aural beauty" Goldenplec 2013

"This album is a feast for the ears with a strong folk inspiration and a welcome but subtle homage to music artists of the past. It is simplified and beautiful" Music and everything March 2013

"Vol. 1 That Vinyl Scratch" is the debut album from Galway five piece folk band Vickers Vimy and it contains so many charming, promising, wonderfully composed tunes" 2uibestow March 2013

"If you like your music that dwells on the border of folk and americana (e.g. Josh Ritter, Josh Rouse, M.Ward ,Gillian Welch), you'll enjoy this, a perfect Sunday morning album" Eirecanna March 2013

"Good folk doesn't have to be lavishly put together or obsessed with perfection. Stand up and take a bow Vickers Vimy; you write some lovely songs and you exude a gorgeous vitality!" Greg McAteer - Hot Press June 2012

"Named after a British World War One heavy bomber aircraft, Vickers Vimy are a folk five-piece from Galway who, together, play an estimated 9,200 instruments. The band’s self-professed love of Wilco is instantly palpable particularly on ‘Devil On Your Back’, a woozing, drifting piece of gentle songcraft that sounds all the brighter for some tenderly-picked banjo and gospel-tinged organ. " Hotpress Celina Murphy July 2012

So far Vickers Vimy have supported such greats as John Martyn, The Hothouse Flowers, Mundy, and Maria Doyle Kennedy.

They have been guests on national radio shows such as The Pat Kenny Show (RTE Radio 1) and The Green Room with Orla Barry (Newstalk).

Ed Drea
Fintan Hanley
Ciaran Byrne
Eamonn Mulderrig
Colm O'Conghaile

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