Wednesday, September 03, 2014


News: Martin Barre Announces Studio Album Featuring Jethro Tull Classics

Ex-Jethro Tull guitar player, Martin Barre, releases album with Tull versions.

Responding to fans' demand, ex-Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre has announced the release of Order Of Play (2014). The album, due out on September 29th, is the studio version of the acclaimed show which sees him performing Tull classics with his talented live band.

"In January 2013, we headlined a festival in Somerset, UK. We wanted a live CD to be a summary of the last two years of our work and this was the idea opportunity. Fans had kept asking for a CD version of the show, but rather than record an actual gig, thought we would do something better and record 'live in a studio', with all the energy of a show but with the best sound quality possible. So, with the band in one place, and a couple of "days off" - explains Martin. "We met at Middle Farm Studio the next morning, set the back-line up as we do onstage, with Dan in a booth, as he, rightly, felt that it was important to record all his vocals live. It was really important to keep the feel and continuity the same as a live gig. By the end of the day, we had all the songs finished."

Next to Barre, in charge of guitar and mandolin, we find an array of like-minded musicians including Dan Crisp on vocals, acoustic guitar and bouzouki, drummer George Lindsay, Richard Beesley on saxophone and clarinet who is one of London's most versatile session players, having played with Michael Buble, Mark Ronson, the Funk Brothers and The Supremes among others. Bassist Alan Thomson is also a long term member of John Martyn's Band and an accomplished song writer, with credits including Robert Palmer, Rick Wakeman, and Bo Diddley.

1. New Day Yesterday
2. Fatman
3. Watch your Step
4. Crossroads
5. Minstrel in the Gallery
6. To Cry you a Song
7. Steal your Heart Away
8. Thick as a Brick (excerpt)
9. Sweet Dream
10. Song for Jeffrey
11. Rock me Baby
12. Teacher
13. Still Loving you Tonight
14. Locomotive Breath

You can catch the musician live this year on the following dates:
4th September Wolverhampton
5th September Bolton
6th September Liverpool
7th September London
8th September Leicester
9th September Cambridge
11th September Bristol
12th September Derby
4th December St Helens
6th December Newcastle
7th December Skegness
20th December Leamington Spa
21st December East Devon
23-26 January 2015 Skegness

While Martin Barre & friends continue taking Jethro Tull to growing UK audiences, grab a chance to take the songs home with you. 'Order of Play' is out September 29th on Edifying Records through RSK, in digipak format.

You can pre-order the album through Amazon HERE.

Source: Press release

Martin Barre links:
Official website


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