Vickers Vimy “Chicago”

Irish based band Vickers Vimy have pure voices and their newest song “Chicago” is a fun track with historical inspiration.  I’ve always been partial to sharp keys and accents so “Chicago” was an instant hit for me.  With folk-rock instrumentation and arrangement featuring a skillful mandolin hook that starts the tune.  The dynamics range and fall with the song in a contemporary commercial fashion.  This song invokes deep emotion of isolation and desperation that goes along with the story the song tells of being trapped on a boat at sea while a storm approaches.  There is something exceptional about Irishmen singing sea shanty tunes.  The outro gives me shivers, you have to listen to this song!


“Chicago” is the third single from the album “Atlas Of Hearts” and was inspired by the ideas of Guglielmo Marconi who transmitted wireless signals from Clifden, Co. Galway to Glace Bay in Nova Scotia. The song imagines being out on a boat in Clew Bay as a storm bears down and giant sparks from the Marconi Station appear in the distance like fireworks crackling in the clouds.

In a landscape that can truly rattle your bones and inspire your dreams Vickers Vimy continue to document in song the wonders of the Wild Atlantic.

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Hailing from Mayo, on the Wild Atlantic coast of Ireland, Vickers Vimy craft songs that dwell on the borders of Folk and Americana. Rich eclectic sounds anchor lyrical themes of scratched vinyl nights and hazy Sunday mornings. Their second album “Atlas of Hearts” was released on March 31st.

Vickers Vimy have collaborated with Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames & Swell Season) and had the pleasure of recording in the studio of Nick Seymour (Crowded House). Vickers Vimy have had the amazing fortune to support the late John Martyn. They have supported The Hothouse Flowers, The 4 Of Us, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Mundy. They have shared the RTÉ Music Train with Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Kodaline, and Jack L.

“Gloriously timeless” Hotpress”

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