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Veteran guitarist introduces his new solo album
Prog Rock band Jethro Tull may be taking a break but two of its members are busy with projects of their own. Frontman Ian Anderson has already announced a new album and tour and now guitarist Martin Barre is set to release a new record which he will promote with a UK tour, including a show on October 10 at Robin 2 in Bilston, near Wolverhampton.
Martin's album, Away With Words, is released on September 30 and features new arrangements of Jethro Tull material as well as some new Barre compositions. Tracks include Requiem, From a Deadbeat to an Old Greaser, Moths, Home and Fire at Midnight.
The album sees multi-talented Martin playing acoustic, classical and electric guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, bass, flute and bass clarinet. Dan Crisp takes care of vocals and completing the line up are Frank Mead on blackwood flute, whistles, bodhran and blues harp, Jonathan Noyce on bass and George Lindsay on drums and percussion.
Solo album: Away With Words
Martin comments: "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."
Martin began his music career in the early '60s playing saxophone. He auditioned for Jethro Tull in 1969 and was handpicked by Ian Anderson to take over guitar duties from original member Mick Abrahams. Today he's the longest standing member after Anderson himself, having appeared on all of their albums apart from their first. His signature solo on Aqualung was voted one of the top guitar solos of all time by Guitar Player magazine.
Talking about his new compositions included on Away With Words, 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. This album is a fusion of my writing blended together with Ian Anderson's in a continual movement of music."
Martin Barre's UK tour dates:
September 28: Devon - Tavistock Wharf; October 3: Brighton - The Komedia; October 4: London - The Borderline; October 5: Banbury - The Mill; October 6: Hebden Bridge - Trades Club; October 8: Sheffield - The Greystones;
October 10: Bilston, Wolverhampton - Robin 2;
October 11: Bristol - The Tunnels;
October 12: Falmouth - Blues In The Bay Festival;
October 14: Milton Keynes - The Stables.