Simon McBride On Tour Across U.K. November 2017

Simon McBride On Tour Across U.K. November 2017

Simon McBride On Tour Across U.K. November 2017

 

 

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. 

Here are the UK dates in November. You will find ticket links Simon McBride’s Website HERE

2 Nov WORCESTER: Huntingdon Hall  7.30pm  £16
Booking Office 01905 611427 – Online HERE

3 Nov ST HELENS: itadel 7.30pm  £15
Booking Office 01905 611427 – Online HERE

6 Nov BILSTON: Robin2  7.30pm  £14
Booking Office 01905 611427 – Online HERE

7 Nov HULL: Fruit 7.30pm  £15
Booking Office 01482 221113 – Online HERE

8 Nov LONDON: O2 Academy 7pm £16
0844 477 2000 – Online HERE

9 Nov SHEFFIELD: Greystones 7.30pm  £15
0114 266 5599 – Online HERE

11 Nov ILFRACOME BLUES FESTIVAL: Ilfracombe Holiday Park £119-£145
01472 349222  – Online HERE

13 Nov BRISTOL Tunnels 7.30pm  £15
0845 6050255  – Online HERE

 More news to follow about my European mainland tour in Sep/Oct Check out dates HERE

 

“The Holy Trinity of Belfast rock ‘n roll – Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher & Gary Moore – might just be on the verge of becoming a four-leaf clover.” PERFORMER MAGAZINE USA

Simon is a favourite of Bluesdoodles his live performances is a guitar workout full of entertainment and smoking blues rock. We saw him last at The Tunnels in Bristol and wrote; “Opening with Heartbreaker, from Crossing The Line Album we were off with the classy guitar we expect from the Irish guitar wizard.”  READ the review HERE

The end of 2016 saw McBride touring with Ian Gillan, filling the shoes of Ritchie Blackmore in a programme of Deep Purple songs that played across Europe. The first half of 2017 has him touring with uber-keyboardist Don Airey (another member of Deep Purple), followed by an outing with Whitesnake offshoot, Snakecharmer.

With his band of fellow Irishmen Marty McCloskey (drums) and Dave Marks (bass) Simon delivers his own distinctive songs (“Hugely accomplished” MOJO) along with crowd-pleasers from the likes of Hendrix and Free plus of course, explosive guitar playing!

Do not miss out on the opportunity to watch, listen and be mesmerised by the playing of Simon McBride and his Band  BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE NOW!

Simon McBride On Tour Across U.K. November 2017

The Tunnels Turning up the Volume with Simon McBride

The Tunnels Turning up the Volume with Simon McBride

The Tunnels Turning up the Volume with Simon McBride

 

What better way to turn a mid-week night it to the pathway for the weekend than live music. The Tunnels Bristol delivered that tonight with Simon McBride opening his long overdue visit and far too short tour of Britain, next time remember Wales and Scotland! With a new line-up and some classy looking PRS Amps the stage was set for a rocking bluesy good time. The venue slowly filled and the crowd were enthusiastic, we had clapping singing and dancing.  Opening with Heartbreaker, from Crossing The Line Album we were off with the classy guitar we expect from the Irish guitar wizard. Tonight the new rhythm section kicked the blocks away giving Simon the room to make the six strings soar away with a range of emotions, angry, despair and the delights of the chords played with ease and a dexterous touch.  On drums Marty McCloskey drove the beat that stung with force in answer to the guitar and pulling the trio together was stylish bass from Dave Marks. Simon’s new custom-built PRS guitar purred with a tone with a clarity displaying all the magic tricks Simon unfurled for us tonight in Bristol.

The set list was a selection of tracks from his previous albums Crossing The Line and Rich Man Falling which pleased everyone who play these albums loud and often. His timing was thrilling the little flicks of notes sweet and pure, the manipulation of the fret board and the instant of silence before he kicks out a lick that sends blues shivers rocking through your music soul.  Into the mix we had a Stevie Ray Vaughan Medley of Scuttle Buttin’ / Mary Had A Little Lamb this was Simon’s own take on Stevie’s guitar and added layers of Irish charm. Lots of favourites from his back catalogues including Down To The Wire, Fat Pockets and the tender So Much Love To Give. Jimi joined the party with Little Wing where Simon’s lead breaks mesmerized as we all watched with intense concentration his fingers dancing an Irish jig up and down the frets effortlessly.  Also part of the Hendrix fest tonight was Fire and the much requested from the crowd and delightedly received Spanish Castle. The time flew in a musical haze and all too soon it was drawing to the close, we were not going to escape without some singing and Don’t Be A fool from Crossing the Line was perfect. The encore Power of Soul is ever popular and what a way to bring a rocking night at the Tunnels to a close. Tonight we heard and saw Simon McBride at his guitar playing best, come back soon with a new album and new material for us all to get to know.

 

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Simon McBride Rocking the Blues – MAY 2016 Tour Dates

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

19 May: BILSTON – The Robin 2, Mount Pleasant Rd, WV14 7LJ

20 May: STROUD – The Convent, Convent Lane, South Woodchester, GL5 5HS – Streaming Live HERE Checkout all about Netgig

21 May: DEVIZES – Long St Blues Club, Long St, SN10 1NW

22 May: LONDON – The Borderline, Manette St, W1D 4JB

Simon McBride Rocking Blues – MAY 2016 Tour Dates

Simon McBride Rocking Blues  – MAY 2016 Tour Dates

Simon McBride Rocking the Blues – MAY 2016 Tour Dates

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

18 May: BRISTOL – The Tunnels, Lower Approach Rd, BS1 6QS

19 May: BILSTON – The Robin 2, Mount Pleasant Rd, WV14 7LJ

20 May: STROUD – The Convent, Convent Lane, South Woodchester, GL5 5HS

21 May: DEVIZES – Long St Blues Club, Long St, SN10 1NW

22 May: LONDON – The Borderline, Manette St, W1D 4JB

What does Bluesdoodles think of Simon McBride’s guitar work? – Here is an extract: …Simon and the band delighted the crowd tonight with a stellar display of musicianship; there is no doubt that Simon is a superb guitarist and yes it is all too easy to compare him to fellow Irishman Rory Gallagher but for me Simon is his own guitarist with a modern twist he creates at times a sound redolent of sitar and Indian music and in the next beat heavy rock driven licks. He deftly melds and weaves a sound that is live energetic and his own… Read the rest hereHERE

Simon McBride performs the song ONE MORE TRY from the album ‘Crossing The Line.’ Written and arranged by Simon McBride.

Simon McBride – The Garage, Swansea – 18th March

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Well that is a first! Arrived at the smashing venue in Swansea, The Garage and the new Blues evenings run by Richard & Carol. As normal said few hellos went to switch on my trusty camera and there was no power… nothing resulting in sheer panic then the realisation no battery in camera why? Still at home charging… hang face in shame! I am positive that there is a blues lyric in this tale somewhere.

mike-markey-nick-jones-heads-of-the-valleys_338x337 So no pictures breathing deeply I sat back and let the blues flow as local duo Mike Markey & Nick Jones entertained with an acoustic set of blues classics delivered with verve and their own distinctive approach with the blending of Mike’s vocals and blues harp with Nick precise guitar work whether dobro or acoustic. The set included Muddy Water’s ‘Can’t be Satisfied’ ; ‘Filthy Rich’ and the old 1926, ‘Fishing Blues’ covered by many and tonight M & J’s version. Then up to the 21st with an Adele track, If It Hadn’t Been for Love; originally recorded by the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers then back to more traditional with Woody Guthrie’s, ‘Dust Bowl Blues’
They certainly warmed up the musical atmosphere of The Garage on Tuesday evening whetting our appetites for Simon McBride.

What a contrast as Simon McBride hit the stage and a wave of heavy blues spread across the venue. From the first chord Simon was playing dynamic lead guitar he is no copy of great guitarist he is producing his own 21st century rock blues that demands your attention from beginning to end. He achieves what appears to be an effortless musical guitar sound combined with his melodic vocals thanks to the beat perfect talents of Paul Hamilton on drums combine with his box of tricks that loops in Hammond Organ, Horns when the song requires giving a perfect melodic backdrop that enables Simon to concentrate on vocals when required and Gareth Hughes on bass. The drumming is the driver of the band combined with the bass which provides a depth of sound and a complexity of the deeper sound; they are the engine house gives Simon a consistent rhythm that he can flow from. The licks come fast and furious no introspective guitar playing that goes on too long as they blend merge and bed effortlessly into the next melodic phrase or introducing the lyric that never get missed. The band plays for the joy of producing the McBride sound that is entrancing. The sound level and pace goes down and the talents of this young man sing out across the club and the voice takes centre stage.. Down to the River is a clever complexity of rhythms that entice so that you never want the track to end as you are absorbed into the music so that there is no beginning or end just the moment that you are relishing.
The set list was full of textures and contrasts with tracks sun as ‘Alcatraz’ with its jazzy slightly Latino beat that makes you sway and want to dance and ‘Fire Me Up’ about his favourite car a 1966 Mustang with a bluesy driving tempo that hurls you along the free-way.. free as a bird. Simon McBride was on fire with the music flowing producing the energy of a live performance no wonder he is compared with some of the greats of the past. Simon changed guitar – still a PRS the favoured make, and the tempo alters again this time the opening is low-key and for Simon and the band a more pedestrian pace ‘Standing Still‘ then opens up the throttle picks up speed and once again you are drawn deep into the sound that weaves and waves across the club. The band leaves and acoustic becomes the guitar of choice, the atmosphere becomes more intimate ‘Rock & Storm’ written and inspired at PRS Studio… this is a love ditty with a story of the static rock and roving storm followed by ‘Devils Road‘. Then Paul & Gareth return now we see the slide in action ‘Take My Hand & Hell Waters Rising’ a favourite duo of tracks that demonstrate the skills as a guitarist and they are full of tonal depth and musical colour.

Simon and the band delighted the crowd tonight with a stellar display of musicianship; there is no doubt that Simon is a superb guitarist and yes it is all too easy to compare him to fellow Irishman Rory Gallagher but for me Simon is his own guitarist with a modern twist he creates at times a sound redolent of sitar and Indian music and in the next beat heavy rock driven licks. He deftly melds and weaves a sound that is live energetic and his own. download (1) Gareth demonstrated his skill with a great bass solo with great intervention from Simon as the band joined in. One last track ‘Dead Man Walking‘ bought the evening to a close with everyone wanting more and for those who haven’t already got his CD’s could buy a bit of the magic to take home including his latest album ‘Crossing The Lines’.

The Garage and Richard Smith are certainly bringing great live music to Swansea and great to see so many enjoying music in the round… coming up is fellow Nugene artist the award-winning talented opening his latest tour in Swansea – Ian Siegal 3rd April – Gwyn Ashton, 1st May Hamilton Loomis – 5th June so keep supporting live music in Swansea at the Garage.

Photographs – Liz Aiken Simon McBride @ Guildhall Gloucester (Took my battery that time!)

Catch – Simon McBride on this tour

20th March – The Tunnels, Bristol
21st March – Fibbers, York
22nd March – HRH Blues, Pwllheli
23rd March – Whelans, Dublin
22nd June – Linton Festival

Set List
Lead us Away
Go Down Gamblin’
Down By The River
Alcatraz
So Much Love To Give
Fire Me Up
Starve This Fever
Take My Hand
Hell Waters Rising
Fat Pockets
A Rock & A Storm
(Acoustic)
Devil’s Road
(Acoustic)
Spanish Castle Magic
No Room To Breathe
Rich Man Falling
Down To The Wire
Don’t Be A Fool
One More Try
Encore:

Dead Man Walking