The Vasco Era

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The Vasco Era
OriginApollo Bay, Victoria , Australia
Years active2004–2013
Past membersSid O'Neil
Ted O'Neil
Michael Fitzgerald
WebsiteOfficial Homepage

The Vasco Era were an Australian three piece rock/blues band based in Melbourne, Australia.


Originally from Apollo Bay, but now based in Melbourne, the band's members are brothers Sid (vocals, guitar, lapsteel, rototoms) and Ted (bass) O'Neil and Michael Fitzgerald (drums). In 2004 the band won the Australian National Campus Band Competition,[1] the largest band competition in the southern hemisphere.[2]

In 2006, The Vasco Era supported Wolfmother at The Astoria in London[3] and played major festivals in Australia including Southbound, the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival, The Great Escape, Groovin' The Moo, the Apollo Bay Music Festival and the Falls Festival.[4] Also in 2006, the band flew to San Francisco to record their debut album with producer Jeff Saltzman. The first single from the album, "When We All Lost It" was released to radio on 29 October 2006. Their debut album Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside was released on 5 May 2007.[5] It was also nominated for the 2007 J Award for Australian album of the year on Australian youth independent radio station Triple J. A second album, Lucille was released in early 2010. A self-titled third album was released on 14 October 2011.[6]



List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Oh We Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside 40
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Universal Music Australia (2711134)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
The Vasco Era
  • Released: 14 October 2011.[6]
  • Label: Era Records (ERA001CD)
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Live at the Annandale Hotel
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Annandale Hotel (ADH 002)
  • Formats: LP

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
The Vasco Era
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: The Vasco Era
  • Formats: CD, DD
Let It Burn
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: The Vasco Era
  • Formats: CD, DD
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Era Records (9871130)
  • Formats: CD, DD

Awards and nominations[edit]

J Award[edit]

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
J Awards of 2007 Oh We Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside Australian Album of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ "The Embers". Southern Roots. 2007. Archived from the original on 24 June 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Making waves". The Age. Melbourne. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  3. ^ "The Vasco Era hit the road". TUNE! FM. 2006. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  4. ^ "The Vasco Era". Faster Louder. 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Oh We Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside". JB HI-FI. 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2007.
  6. ^ a b "The Vasco Era". JB HI-FI. 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.

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