The VIPs are a 100% live 6 piece band consisting of the amazing vocals of Mairead Rooney and some of the best musicians in Ireland. Despite being one of the newest bands on the Irish music scene (formed in 2016 - they then spent a year rehearsing to perfect their set) the band members have years of experience and decided to get together to create one of the best bands in Ireland. Their setlist includes a wide mix of floor filling songs from artists spanning 5 decades and they have received fantastic reviews from all bookings to date. Their aim is to provide a perfect nights entertainment tailored to suit you and your guests.
Mairead Rooney – Lead vocals
Mairead has been singing since childhood but started semi-professionally at 8yrs old with her Dad. Since then she has participated in several other projects including getting to sing on the stages of the Ulster Hall and the Grand Opera House. She has performed at gigs all over Ireland and England. She currently tutors singing combined with gigging and feels very lucky to get to earn a living doing what she loves. She enjoys many styles of music from rock, pop and soul to music theatre. Mairead loves singing in The VIPs and is looking forward to a busy 2018.
Dee Hunter – Keyboards/ Backing vocals
Dee started playing piano at 3yrs old and got his first keyboard when he was 6. He started playing in venues when he was around 10yrs old with his musical parents and joined his first cover band at 16. He has been a member of various bands including "Common People" and "The Firm". He was also the manager at a music retailer and sound engineer/music producer at a recording studio. He started writing and producing his own songs in his late teens and was asked to write the 2016 Christmas song for the NI Hospice & Childrens hospice “It's Christmas Time” (performed by The VIPs) – and it was also used as a launch song for Radio Lapland. Dee is looking forward to an exciting 2018 with The VIPs.
Kevin McGreevy – Bass Guitar/Backing vocals
Kevin has been performing in bands for 25 years, catching the music bug at an early age!! He has performed in some of Belfast’s most popular cover bands including “Common People”, “The Firm” and “Face to Face”. The former musical instrument retail shop owner has also hosted open mic nights in Belfast, sat on a judging panel in 2 of Belfast’s biggest talent competitions and played a 4-month residency in an Irish bar in San Antonio, Ibiza. Kevin says The VIP’s is the best project he has been involved in and feels 2018 is going to be a huge year for the band.
Conor Edgar – Drums/Backing vocals
Conor started playing guitar at the age of ten and drums at the age of 13. He played in a local thrash band and has gigged extensively throughout Ireland as well as gigs in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Belgium. He studied music technology in the London College of Music. He is a drum/bass/guitar tutor and works as a sound engineer as well as playing in The VIPs. Conor enjoys music from all genres, and has a few techno releases released on independent labels. He loves playing in the VIPs and hopes 2018 is a busy year for them.
Brendan Deeds – Guitar
Brendy is the youngest member of the band at 19 years old but is proof that age is just a number if you have the talent. He has has been playing for 8 years during which time has reached grade 8 electric guitar. Brendy has played live in different venues across Belfast including The Ulster Hall and Whitla Hall over the last few years and is currently studying Music Production in Belfast Met which he hopes will expand his passion for music into the working world. Brendy enjoys every minute of being in The VIPs and is looking forward to a successful 2018.
Johnny McCarney – Guitar/Backing vocals
Johnny has been playing music since the age of 13. He has a wealth of experience in the industry having played with some of Ireland's finest musicians and has been gigging in Belfast for over 10 years. Blues taught guitar by Belfast's own Rab McCullough, he hopes to continue enjoying the music he is playing with The VIPs for the forseeable future!!