The Virginmarys

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The Virginmarys
Origin Macclesfield, England
Genres Rock, Hard rock, Punk, alternative rock, Grunge
Years active 2009-present
Labels Cooking Vinyl
Wind Up Records
Website Official site
Members Ally Dickaty
Danny Dolan
Matt Rose
Notable instruments
Guitar, Bass, Drums

The Virginmarys are a three-piece rock band from Macclesfield, England. The band formed in 2009 and self released a limited series of sold out EPs (Cast the first stone 2010)(Just a Ride 2011)(Portrait of Red 2011) before releasing their debut album "King of Conflict" on DoubleCross/Cooking Vinyl and Wind Up Records (US) in February 2013. The album was awarded Editors Choice by iTunes US following their songs Bang Bang Bang and Just A Ride both being iTunes Singles Of The Week and was then nominated for Album Of The Year at the Classic Rock awards 2013. In 2013, The Virginmarys were crowned Best Breakthrough act at the Classic Rock awards.[1][2] “Motherless Land”, the first single from the band’s upcoming sophomore LP, Divides, was released on February 16th 2016. Produced by Gil Norton, Divides was released on May 6th, 2016 via Wind-up Records. [3] [4]


The punk rock trio formed in Macclesfield in 2009, following the demise of a previous band which included Dickaty, Dolan and Birdsall (who has since been replaced by Rose). The band spent much of their early years touring extensively - they first played the Download Festival in 2010, and have toured as support act to Slash, Shinedown, Terrorvision, Skunk Anansie, Eagles of Death Metal, The View, Ash, Feeder, Queens Of The Stone Age and We Are Scientists, as well as playing their own headline gigs throughout UK, Europe, US and Japan.[5] The band released a series of self-financed E.P.s during this period, and recorded their first mini-album, Cast the First Stone, in 2010, produced by Toby Jepson and mixed by Mike Fraser.[6][7]

In late 2011 the band,[8] started work on their debut full-length album, again with Toby Jepson as producer (Chris Sheldon mixed the album), and continued to tour. They wanted the freedom to make their own album and in 2012 they announced record deals with both Double Cross / Cooking Vinyl (in Europe), Wind Up Records (United States) and Hydrant Music (Japan). The debut album, titled King of Conflict, was released on 4 February 2013. On 14 November 2013 they were named Best Breakthrough act at the 2013 Classic Rock Awards.

In 2015 production began for their sophomore album, Divides, produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters). The record is set for a May 6th, 2016 release via Wind-up Records. [9] [10]

Band members[edit]

Ally Dickaty - lead vocals, guitar (2008–present)

Danny Dolan - drums, backing vocals (2008–present)

Matt Rose - bass, backing vocals (2009–present)


Studio albums[edit]

E.P.s/ Mini Albums[edit]


Year Song Chart peak Album



2012 "Dead Man's Shoes" 17 31 35 King of Conflict
2013 "Just a Ride" 30
2016 "Motherless Land" Divides
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


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