Simon McBride

“McBride is now among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world.”

“McBride is now among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world.” GUITARIST MAGAZINE

“Hugely accomplished.” MOJO

Fast becoming the next Irish blues guitar hero in the footsteps of Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, the Belfast-born guitarist has gained a pile of accolades for his most recent album “Crossing The Line” including Best of 2012 picks in several UK music magazines and a 2013 nomination for best blues-rock album in the Chicago-based Blues Blast Awards.
The album was well received across the Atlantic, prompting the American magazine ‘Performer’ to say “The Holy Trinity of Belfast rock ‘ roll – Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher & Gary Moore – might just be on the verge of becoming a four-leaf clover.”
Rewind to the early-’90s, and you didn’t have to squint to spot future greatness in the unassuming kid from Belfast, who picked up his first guitar at ten and eschewed formal lessons to bend his fingers around the music of Free, Jeff Beck and Hendrix. At 16, he turned pro, leaving education behind to wow the world as a hired gun in projects that ranged from filling Vivian Campbell’s shoes in Sweet Savage, to R&B and soul with ex-Commitments vocalist Andrew Strong.
Even by the lofty standards of Northern Ireland, where drinkers still raise a toast to the audacious talent of the late Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, this young maestro’s name was soon starting to be dropped in the same reverential breath. Certainly, Simon is a fan, and the energy and aggression of his live show recalls those much-missed Irish masters, but McBride’s sound is his own. He has supported such great names as Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and and Joe Bonamassa. Now it’s his turn. Step-forward a new world-class talent.
“Ireland has a knack of throwing up diamonds, of which McBride most definitely is one… this boy’s going places.” HIFI

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