As the lockdown restrictions ease and the first steps to normality are being taken, MGMB’s series of interviews with musicians carries on with the aim to support our NHS workers in any way we can. And for most of us, music, art and entertainment have been the main saviours in quarantine. It is fundamental to have access to something that is hopeful, inspiring and real, and something that speaks to and resonates with us, such as the music and words of the Virginmarys‘ frontman Ally Dickaty.
With the band being on hold, it’s been a challenging period for Ally finding a new flow and doing his best to adapt to the sudden changes while turning to the stillness of the Northern countryside and staying true to what matters the most.
I caught up with him for an in-depth conversation about the current reality, music, mental health and what should we be asking ourselves as we move forward.
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When The Virginmarys announced their return with a new album Northern Sun Sessions and defined it as their best work to date, anyone who’s followed their musical journey over the years knows very well what they are capable of and such statement raises no eyebrows, only the purest excitement.
It’s a very special record that feels closest to the energy of our live performance than any before – Ally
The Macclesfield based band took matters into their own hands this time around and worked extremely hard on self-producing a true rock masterpiece that will outshine any other music release this year.
Continue reading Album Review / The Virginmarys – Northern Sun Sessions
2017 has been an incredible year for new music and some outstanding tracks and records have been released throughout the year. A bunch of my favourite bands and singer-songwriters have once again outdone themselves and I have also made some great new music discoveries. Here I present all the tunes and albums I have listened to the most this year (in no particular order); ones that touched me, cheered me up, made me dance and overall made each day a lot brighter! It’s a great mix of genres and individual musical mastery that ought to be mentioned and appreciated. So I’d like to say thank you to all of these guys and all of you MGMB readers! Here’s to 2018! Happy New Year.
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If there is one band you know will deliver each and every time with their new material, it’s The Virginmarys.
Now the boys strike with a new four-track EP Sitting Ducks – fresh, unique, electrifying and brilliantly self-produced record. Four tracks that unfold a whole new level of excitement with each beat and lyric sending shivers down to the core of your being. That’s the very effect music should have on people and we all know The Virginmarys never fail to impress with their musical artistry. And for that reason they have such a strong, dedicated following of people who have been touched, inspired, healed and united by their music.
Once again, Ally Dickaty (vocals, guitar) and Danny Dolan (drums) express themselves entirely via Sitting Ducks – another remarkable record, with a straight aim to engage with people’s minds, hearts and souls. And so The Virginmarys keep the flame burning with their undying drive to produce music that’s true and infinite.
Sitting Ducks EP is available now!
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Do not miss The Virginmarys live this autumn!
In a world of Divides, our love of The Virginmarys brought us together – Simon
We were riding out to meet the sun, we were shaking from the things we’d done
We were breaking every pattern, straying from the map to make a new life on the run
It was early 2012 and one of my friends made me a playlist featuring a bunch of new bands for me to check out. Little I knew that this particular playlist included one band that would inspire my entire world. Their name was The Virginmarys.
Continue reading The Virginmarys: Our Passion That They Could Not Shake