VIKING BOAT RACE were formed in May 2007 by brothers Tom O'Reilly (Guitar) and Ollie O'Reilly (Vocals). Soon after they were joined by Steve Murphy (Bass) and Reece Wardrop (Drums).
Over the past 5 years Viking Boat Race have played all over Laois, Leinster and further afield having played a couple of time in Baker Place (sadly missed) and The Blind Pig in Limerick City. Viking Boat Race made their Dublin debut in 2008 with a show in Alfie Mulligans on Leeson St, followed a few months later by 2 shows in Fibber McGee's on Parnell St.
In 2011 Viking Boat Race recorded their debut EP in Red Lake Studios, Portlaoise with Engineer/Producer Gary Duncan and are aiming to release it in 2012. They also made their debut appearance at the Festival Francais de Portarlington in 2011 as one of the support acts to The Republic of Loose.
2012 has started brightly for the band, playing their first show of the year on January 1st. VBR have a string of gigs booked for Spring and Summer 2012 in Laois, Offaly, Kildare, Limerick, Dublin and more to follow!