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Simon McBride - As both a virtuoso guitarist and an Irishman ( Hailing from near Belfast, Northern Ireland) comparisons are often made with Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, though he sounds like neither in particular.
Simon first started playing at age 10 and (self taught) entered and won Guitarist Magazine's Young Guitarist of the Year competition when he was 15.
He was immediately recruited by Sweet Savage (Vivian Campbell/Def Leppard) with whom he recorded two albums and regularly played major festivals. That was 13 years ago, since when he has toured the world as guitarist for diverse acts including Grammy nominated soulman Andrew Strong.
Along the way he has played with artists like TM Stevens, Charlie
Morgan, Zorro, Hugh Burns, Slash and Steve Lukather.