Ex-Stone Roses guitarist to play New Mills gig

Aziz Ibrahim & Al Fairhurst. Photo: Simon Lee.

Aziz Ibrahim & Al Fairhurst. Photo: Simon Lee.

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Ex-Stone Roses and Ian Brown band guitarist Aziz Ibrahim and talented singer/songwriter Al Fairhurst bring their unique combination of guitar and pyrotechnic vocals to The Beehive in New Mills on Saturday.

British-born to Pakistani parents, Ibrahim is best known for his work as a guitarist with Simply Red, The Stone Roses (post-John Squire) and their former vocalist Ian Brown, in whose support band he regularly performs – both in the studio and live.

Ibrahim was the guitarist for the last Stone Roses performance before they split, at the 1996 Reading Festival, and continued to tour and write with frontman Brown, co-writing songs such as My Star, Corpses in Their Mouths, Longsight M13, One Way Ticket to Paradise and numerous others from Unfinished Monkey Business, Golden Greats, Solarized and The Greatest.

He is a member of the H Band with Marillion’s Steve Hogarth and involved in the writing of the second H Band album, and has also worked with Paul Weller, Steven Wilson, Asia and contributed to The Players’ debut album Clear the Decks.

Fairhurst began his musical career with the formation of The Rise back in the early 90s, and the four-piece has toured extensively across Europe, becoming the first British band to be invited to play the prestigious SXSW Festival in Texas.

It was during this time that Ibrahim and Fairhust first met, during a jam session at a local venue.

The collaboration soon turned into a strong songwriting team, which has seen them perform as both a duo and a band nationwide, including dates with Paul Weller during his 2008 US tour.

Admission to the gig at The Beehive is free.