Predicted to be the next Irish guitar hero in the footsteps of Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, Simon McBride has undeniable guitar artistry combined with a fine voice and a real talent for songwriting and creating great melodies.
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. Aged 15, Simon won Guitarist Magazine's hotly-contested Young Guitarist of the Year competition in a Wembley Conference Centre showdown, and at 16, he turned pro, leaving education behind to wow the world as a hired gun in projects that ranged from metal with 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 when he released his debut album ‘Rich Man Falling’ in 2008, it was clear this musician was nobody’s heir, but rather his own artist.
Now with his latest CD ‘Crossing The Line’ a fiery amalgam of guitar skills, songcraft and character-soaked vocals, McBride has kicked out a chair at the top table of blues-rock and signalled his presence as a world-class talent.
All the songs in the music player are original compositions (approx. 1 minute samples of each).
“McBride is now among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world.” GUITARIST MAGAZINE
“Hugely accomplished.” MOJO
“The musicianship is, to put it simply, right up there with Al Di Meola, Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa and others . . . . yes, it’s that good!”
MUSIC NEWS, Nashville USA
“The holy trinity of Belfast Rock ‘n Roll – Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore – might be on the verge of becoming a four-leaf clover.” PERFORMER, USA
“If you’re a talented Irish Blues guitarist, the weighty accolade of the next Gary Moore is unavoidable. But in the case of Simon McBride it’s not far off the mark and Crossing The Line shows he’s got the skills and the songs to earn that comparison. CLASSIC ROCK