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Biography


Michael Fitzgerald and brothers Sid O'Neil (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Ted O'Neil (bass, backing vocals) were still in their teens when they formed The Vasco Era in the (otherwise) quiet coastal town of Apollo Bay. The trio felt an instant musical and live chemistry spurring exciting local performances that were soon packed houses with the crowd feeling the dynamic intensity of their live shows.

From these humble beginnings, the band has gone on to much bigger things, culminating in large outdoor performances at The Falls Festival, Southbound, East and West Coast Blues & Roots Festivals, Apollo Bay Music Festival and The Great Escape. In addition to the ever growing list of festivals, the band has an impressive resume of supports having toured with The Black Keys, Gomez, The Violent Femmes, You Am I, and even opening for Wolfmother in London last year. The Vasco Era has toured extensively throughout Australia on their own as well and last year won fans further afield with shows in Los Angeles, New York and London.

Their debut album "Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside" debuted in May 2007 in the Australian Top 40 and has had rave reviews all-round. The album was recorded last year in San Francisco with renowned producer Jeff Saltzman (The Killers "Hot Fuss").