Often pegged as a blues act, Tony Villiers and the Villains are actually much trickier to define than that. Sure they have a definite blues edge, but The Villains’ sound is multi-layered.
With discernible hints of country, touches of jazz and Doc Doherty’s mesmerising electric guitar this is a band that deserves deeper investigation to be fully appreciated. With plenty of upcoming live dates and a new album on the way, there’s no better time than now to do just that. Get to Know Tony Villiers.
Name: Tony Villiers
Where you’re from: Armagh
Describe your style in 5 words or fewer: Swampy-blues-tinged-jazz-country
Digital music, CDs or vinyl: Vinyl
Biggest musical influence: Bob Dylan
What you’re listening to right now: Horslips and the Ulster Orchestra at the Waterfront
Favourite venue: The American Bar
Best local band of the moment: Stiff Little Fingers
Last gig you attended: Van Morrison
Best gig you have ever attended: John Prine, Vicar Street, Dublin
Favourite album of all time: Blonde on Blonde
Musician you’d love to collaborate with: Bob Dylan
Last thing you do before going onstage: Round up the band
A new album from Tony Villiers and the Villains, Music Confounds the Machines, is due for release in the coming months. You can catch the full band, (Tony and Doc together with Kevin Mahoney on bass and Aidan McGillian on percussion), live in The American Bar, Belfast every third Saturday, or in The Atlantic Live Lounge, Portrush on 7th April.