Whygold’s Weekend

Whygold’s Weekend

… under this motto I present you my music tip for the weekend.

Maybe one or the other discovers something new.

Consciously listening to music is, in my opinion, as important as reading a good book.

Today: Martin Barre – Roads Less Travelled


Martin Lancelot Barre (born November 17, 1946 in Birmingham, England) is a British musician. He was the lead guitarist of the progressive rock band Jethro Tull from 1968 to 2012 and has since been active with his own band.

Martin Barre was born on November 17, 1946 in Kings Heath, Birmingham, England.[1] His father was an engineer who actually wanted to play the clarinet for a living. In high school, Barre played the flute. When he bought his first guitar, his father gave him albums by Barney Kessel, Johnny Smith and Wes Montgomery to broaden his musical perspective.

In college, he studied architecture at Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) for three years but did not graduate. After designing an intersection for Birmingham, he felt a career in architecture was too boring for him and switched to music.

Martin Barre began his musical career in the band The Moonrakers.

After Mick Abrahams left Jethro Tull, their bandleader Ian Anderson auditioned several guitarists, including Barre, in his search for a successor. However, he initially decided to go with Tony Iommi. However, after the latter had left the band in favor of Black Sabbath after a short time, only Barre was invited to a second audition. The first time with Jethro Tull is on the second album
Stand Up
to be heard.

In addition to guitar, Barre is proficient on flute, bouzouki, mandolin, marimba and saxophone. To a trademark became at the latest since the album
the sharp riffs and extended intermediate solos. This is very pronounced in the title song of the Tull album
Minstrel in the Gallery
can be heard. Especially his guitar work brought
Crest of a Knave
the Grammy Award for Best of Hard Rock in 1988. Martin Barre became the mainstay of the band alongside Anderson. Occasionally, however, he found time to work on his own projects. The result is now eight solo albums, one of which is a live album.

After the breakup of the band Jethro Tull enforced by Anderson in 2012, this separation was final for Barre.

In 2012 he toured with the band Martin Barre’s New Day. Since then, he built the Martin Barre Band, which plays a mixture of Tull arrangements and new compositions.[1] Already in September 2013, Barre released the solo album Away with Words. In the fall of 2013, he toured Europe with his band consisting of Jonathan Noyce (bass), Frank Mead (saxophone, flute, harmonica), Pat O’May (guitar), Dan Crisp (vocals, acoustic guitar) and George Lindsay (drums). 2014 saw the release of another studio album, Order of Play, as well as Live in Munich, followed by Back to Steel in 2015. In August 2019, Barre attended Fairport’s Cropredy Convention.[3]

For 2020, Barre had planned to celebrate 50 years of Jethro Tull music with a world tour. However, most shows were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they will take place in 2021-22. Adam Wakeman, Clive Bunker and Dee Palmer are featured as guest musicians.

Martin Barre is married.[6] The former marathon runner jogs, surfs, snowboards and plays tennis.[7] He has his own recording studio.

(Source: Wikipedia)

A nice folk-rock album by the former Jethro Tull guitarist.

Have fun listening to this album !

Your Chris Weigold

P.S.: Maybe you enjoy the listening pleasure together with a Glass of wine from our “Orchestra of Cultures Edition”.