Simon McBride & Van Tastik
May 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm£17
Thursday 17 May 2018 SIMON McBRIDE + VAN TASTIK
After taking timeout to tour as lead guitarist with several high profile rock bands Simon McBride is back on the road with his own jet-fuelled outfit.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 had 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.His guitar skills (“Among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world” GUITARIST) have made him a go-to guitarist on the British Blues-rock scene, admired among professionals, followed by enthusiasts, and endorsed by some of the biggest brands on the guitar scene.Rewind to the early nineties 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, eschewing 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. Touring in his own right he has supported Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and Joe Bonamassa and played major festivals around Europe.
“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
Van Tastik is an impassioned one man blues band mixing of American Folk with hypnotic rhythms; far-out instruments and raw, soaring vocals. Whether he’s delivering a visceral A Capella number; a heavy garage-rock blues or a sweet, fluttering Appalachian and Bluegrass melody, he will capture and hold the attention of his audiences. His voice and looks will take you back and pull you south to the Delta where the blues began, but with his own modern twist on the old-fashioned.
Show takes place at The Voodoo Rooms from 7.30pm until 11pm.
All Edinburgh Blues Club members can attend with no additional ticket costs. Non member tickets available for £17 from Ticketweb https://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/291677, Tickets Scotland and all preceding Edinburgh Blues Club shows.