MARTIN BARRE GOES BACK TO STEEL

MARTIN BARRE GOES BACK TO STEEL

MartinBarre_press 1_2015_004Jethro 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

September 2015

Sun 6th Derby Off The Tracks Festival
Sat 19th Exeter The Phoenix
Sun 20th Somerset Cheese & Grain, Frome
Mon 21st St. Ives The Guildhall
 
October 2015

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:

  1. Back to Steel
  2. It’s getting better
  3. Bad Man
  4. Skating Away (Tull with arrangement MB)
  5. Chasing Shadows (inst)
  6. Hammer (inst.)
  7. You and I
  8. A moment of madness
  9. Calafel (inst.)
    Eleanor Rigby (Beatles arrangement MB)
  10. Peace and Quiet
  11. Sea of Vanity
  12. Smokestack (Howlin Wolf plus music/lyrics MB)
  13. Without Me
  14. 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

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TULL’S MARTIN BARRE ANNOUNCE 4TH SOLO RECORD

TULL’S MARTIN BARRE ANNOUNCE 4TH SOLO RECORD

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.

 


Track listing:

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
7. Snapshot/Paparazzi
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
12. Sundown

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