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Martin Barre

Martin Barre

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Martin features in our instrumental, progressive and classic rock sequences.

Martin Barre performed in a number of Birmingham-based bands (when he also played saxophone) before auditioning for Jethro Tull in late-1968 after the departure of Mick Abrahams. Together with Ian Anderson he defined the band’s sound for the next four decades. Amongst the highlights – which very much set the standard for progressive rock guitar – are his solos on ‘Aqualung; and ‘Locomotive Breath’.

Barre has incorporated elements of folk and classical into his work, not least his solo albums starting with ‘A Trick Of Memory’ (1994), ‘The Meeting’ (1996) and ‘Stage Left’ (2003).

In 2013 it became evident that Ian Anderson would continue to work with a number of musicians for his current and future projects, but without Barre. The guitarist announced a new solo album ‘Away With Words’ and a European tour in October 2013.

Since that time, he has released several band albums and in 2019 celebrated Tull’s 50th anniversary on tour in the USA and Europe.

Broadcast history

The Pete Feenstra Feature
First broadcast Thursday 18 October 2020
Martin Barre chats about 50 years of Jethro Tull.
“Assume The Position”
First broadcast Sunday 20 September 2015
In the first hour of his weekly show, David Randall chats to Martin Barre and plays tracks from his new album ‘Back To Steel’, released 18 September.
“Favourite Tracks from Favourite Artists”
First broadcast Sunday 31 August 2014
David Randall chats to Martin Barre about his favourite tracks and the album ‘Order Of Play’ released in September 2014.
“The Guitarists”
First broadcast Sunday 29 September 2013
We’ve added additional material in our Podcast section (available in iTunes).

In Session for GRTR!

First broadcast Sunday, 22 December 2013
Martin Barre Band exclusive tracks


Martin Barre website
Video interview

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