Out Now – Martin Barre – Roads Less Travelled…. What the press are saying about it.
“There is so much on this album – from the energetic fusion of rock and folk in opener Lone Wolf through to the beautiful You Are An Angel – to inspire and delight fans old and new” Rachel Mann – Prog Magazine
“His breadth of musical styles and superior musicianship elevates the sonic etchings on this his finest collected solo work, so far.” Paul Davies – Express Online
“A cracking little album showcasing Barre’s confidence as an artist forging his own path as a writer while retaining his best attributes as a player.” Rock Society Magazine
“this is a fine album well worth investing some time in.” Greg Johnson – Maverick
You can buy the album here:
Martin Barre, best-known as guitarist in Jethro Tull – one of the biggest selling prog bands of all time, releases his new solo album Roads Less Travelled on Garage Records on 5th October 2018.
Barre has developed his own distinctive style within the framework of Jethro Tull, and his instantly recognizable and original sound form the basis of this album. Roads Less Travelled features 11 original tracks by Barre, which reflect the last 50 years of his esteemed musical career.
Reflecting on the tracks & recording of the album, Barre says “I’ve concentrated on improving my songwriting over the last few years and as a result, I am really pleased with this new CD. Although my playing has a lot of space in the music, I’ve worked a lot harder on the arrangements and lyrics.
My goal is to have a CD that keeps the listener from beginning to end. “Roads Less Travelled” reflects my belief in taking music somewhere new.”
Barre’s solo on Jethro Tull’s 1971 hit Aqualung has been repeatedly voted as one of the top guitar solos of all time. Barre has been cited as an important influence by many virtuoso players, including Joe Bonamassa, Steve Vai & Jo Satriani and can count the likes of Mark Knopfler and Geddy Lee amongst his many fans.
Full Track Listing:-
- Lone Wolf
- Out of Time
- On My Way
- Roads Less Travelled
- Badcore Blues
- For No Man
- (This Is) My Driving Song
- You Are An Angel
- And The Band Played On
While all the songs showcase his exceptional electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin playing, the Martin Barre Band also shine throughout. A long-time resident of Devon, Barre’s band features several local musicians :-
Dan Crisp (vocals), Alan Thompson (bass/fretless bass), Darby Todd (drums), Becca Langsford (vocals/backing vocals), Josiah J (Percussion/Hammond), Aaron Graham (drums), Alex Hart (vocals/backing vocals) Buster Cottam (“stand up” bass).
About Martin Barre
Barre was the guitarist for rock band Jethro Tull from 1969 – 2012. Jethro Tull have sold an estimated 60 million albums worldwide, with 11 gold and 5 platinum albums among them and were described by Rolling Stone as “one of the most commercially successful progressive rock bands”. Barre appeared on all but their debut album during his 33 year stint with Tull and is the longest-serving member after Ian Anderson.
For four decades, Barre’s career focused on Jethro Tull but in the 1990s Barre began to perform as a solo artist and has since released 7 solo studio albums. On these recordings, Barre combined rock and guitar-oriented fusion in his sound.
Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; he was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on ‘Aqualung’. His playing on the album ‘Crest of a Knave’ earned him a Grammy award in 1988.
In addition to his Jethro Tull and solo work, Martin has worked live with many other artists including: Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
Road Less Travelled – Release 5th October
Catalogue no: GAR0001
Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre has announced the release of his sixth and most important solo album to date. Back To Steel celebrates the guitarist’s 50-year career with a return to his roots of steel strings and electric guitars and will be released on 18th September through Garage Records and will be available through www.martinbarre.com and iTunes and Amazon initially.
While paying tribute to Barre’s past, Back To Steel reveals his vision of the band’s future; it brings together all of his influences, including his undying love for early blues, and follows his evolution throughout an extraordinary half century that delivered his name to classic rock history.
The album features tracks Skating Away and Slow Marching band from the Jethro Tull repertoire, an affectionate salute to that important portion of Barre’s career and a thank you to the fans who have supported him over the last 42 years. Eleanor Rigby is also included as an homage to the week spent working with Paul McCartney. Continuing to share his lifetime memories and experiences, the guitarist gives us an insight on Birmingham’s 60s club scene with Smokestack and tells about his very first trip abroad in Calafel.
Barre says about Back to Steel: “This CD is my most important work in my career as a musician. I feel that my songwriting has matured to a point that makes it totally accessible to all audiences. I want this music to be the basis of everything I do from now on. My criteria were, that It would work live in a powerful way and keep our identity as a blues/rock band. As always I’ve put in small quotes of music that give light and shade to the album.”
Martin Barre is currently playing some dates in the UK and Europe and will be performing in the States for the first time in November and December. The multi talented band sees Barre taking care of guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, flute and keys, with Dan Crisp on vocals, George Lindsay on drums and percussion, Alan Thomson on bass and vocals – catch his slide solo on ‘Without Me’ – and Alex Hart and Elani Andrea contributing on vocals and backing vocals.
A ‘Back to Steel’ tour is in the pipeline for 2016; if you can’t wait, here’s where you can catch Martin and his band this year for an evening of blues, rock and Tull, plus a few tracks from the new album:
Sat 8th August Somerset The Square & Compass
Sun 6th Derby Off The Tracks Festival
Sat 19th Exeter The Phoenix
Sun 20th Somerset Cheese & Grain, Frome
Mon 21st St. Ives The Guildhall
Fri 2nd Southport The Atkinson
Sat 3rd Kinross The Green Hotel
Sat 10th Surrey Haslemere Hall
Back To Steel was recorded in Devon by James Bragg who was also the engineer on Away with Words and Order of Play, Barre’s last 2 solo albums.
Track list as follows – all tracks music/lyrics by Martin Barre unless stated:
- Back to Steel
- It’s getting better
- Bad Man
- Skating Away (Tull with arrangement MB)
- Chasing Shadows (inst)
- Hammer (inst.)
- You and I
- A moment of madness
- Calafel (inst.)
Eleanor Rigby (Beatles arrangement MB)
- Peace and Quiet
- Sea of Vanity
- Smokestack (Howlin Wolf plus music/lyrics MB)
- Without Me
- Slow Marching Band (Tull)
Martin Barre’s love affair with music started in the 60s-playing saxophone, before being handpicked by Ian Anderson to take on guitar duties from Mick Abrahams in Jethro Tull. 43 years later, Martin is vastly recognised as one of the greatest influences in classic and prog rock. His guitar solo on Aqualung was voted 20th best ever in the UK and 25th in the USA. His sound and skills have been a major factor in Jethro Tull’s success and have attracted a long list of high profile collaborations, including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore and Joe Bonamassa.
Catalogue number GAR0001
Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre has announced the release of his fourth solo album AWAY WITH WORDS, through RSK’s new label, Edifying Records on 30th September. The record will feature new arrangements of Tull material together with some brand new compositions by Barre.
With the seminal prog outfit still on indefinite hiatus, Martin Barre brings back to life some of Jethro Tull’s classics but also less known gems, with the invaluable help of engineer James Bragg. The track list features Requiem, From a Deadbeat to an Old Greaser, Moths, Home and Fire at Midnight amongst others.
“Re-arranging and representing the Tull songs featured on this album became a very pleasant and rewarding task. These lesser known songs have always been amongst my favourite pieces of music and reworking them brought back many good memories” – he confides enthusiastically. Talking about his new compositions included in the album, he says “I have written the rest of the music, hopefully with sympathy and taste. Composing and re-arranging is my passion. Bringing together the many acoustic instruments was a delight for me, but of course the electric guitar couldn’t be totally left out of the picture!” He goes on to say “This album is a fusion of my writing blended together with Ian (Anderson’s) in a continual movement of music.”
On Away With Words, multi-talented Barre plays Acoustic/Classic/Electric Guitars, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Bass, Flute & Bass Clarinet, with Dan Crisp taking care of vocals. Completing the line up are Frank Mead on Blackwood Flute, Whistles, Bodhran and Blues Harp, Jonathan Noyce on bass and George Lindsay on drums & percussion.
1. First Light/Moths
2. It’s My Round
3. One Brown Mouse/Fatcat
4. All Bars Hold
5. Air: Lament Of the Spalpeen/Martin’s Jig/Hymn
6. Pussy Willow
8. Long Ago/Home
9. Fire At Midnight/From The Ashes
10. Protect & Survive
11. Spare A Thought/From A Dead Beat To An Old Greaser
Martin Barre started his music career in the early 60s playing saxophone. He audition for Jethro Tull in 1969 and was handpicked by Ian Anderson to take on guitar duties from Mick Abrahams. Today he’s the longest standing member after Anderson himself, having appeared on all of their albums apart from their first. Barre is also a talented flautist, both live and on record, with Jethro Tull and solo. The quality and uniqueness of his work and a series of high profile collaborations contributed to make him one of the world’s most rated rock musicians, with his signature ‘Aqualung’ solo voted as one of the top guitar solos of all times (Guitar Player Magazine).
The album release will be followed by a European tour, UK dates as follows:
9th August Oxfordshire – Fairport Cropredy Festival
28th September Devon – Tavistock Wharf
3rd October Brighton – The Komedia
4th October London – The Borderline
5th October Banbury – The Mill
6th October Hebden Bridge – Trades Club
8th October Sheffield – The Greystones
10th October Wolverhampton – The Robin
11th October Bristol – The Tunnels
12th October Falmouth* – Blues In The Bay Festival
14th October Milton Keynes – The Stables
Tickets are £17.50 (subject to booking fee) except for Falmouth*; Details can be found at www.martinbarre.com