Jethro Tull – Martin Barre 50th Anniversary Tour


Martin Barre

Martin Lancelot Barre (born 17 November 1946, Kings Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands, England) is an English rock musician.

Barre has been the guitarist for rock band Jethro Tull since 1969. He has appeared on every Jethro Tull album except their debut, “This Was” (1968).  Barre has stated in interviews that guitarist, Leslie West from American rock band Mountain, was a direct influence on his playing. He has also acted as a flautist both on-stage for Tull, and in his own solo work.

Barre began his career playing saxophone with the Birmingham band, The Moonrakers, in the early 1960s. During July 1966, he joined Beau Brummell‘s former backing band, “The Noblemen”, with fellow ex-Moonraker, Chris Rodger, and the group subsequently changed their name to “The Motivation”. The band also comprised of singer Jimmy Marsh, bassist Bryan Stevens, keyboardist Mike Ketley and drummer Malcolm Tomlinson. The group appeared at London’s legendary Marquee Club on two occasions and also supported Cream at the Upper Cut in the Forest Gate district of London. They also performed at the Piper Club in Rome for six weeks in mid-1967.

In the summer of 1967, Marsh and Rodger left and the others brought in former Clayton Squares singer, Denny Alexander and became “The Penny Peeps”. Signed to Liberty Records, the band released two singles in 1968, ”Little Man With a Stick” backed by “Model Village” and “I See the Morning” backed with “Curly, Knight of the Road”. By this point, Barre had switched to lead guitar and his impressive solo on “Model Village” has made the track a popular collector’s item.

Alexander left the band in mid-1968 and the group became a blues outfit under a new moniker—Gethsemane. The new band recorded further material, which was never released, and broke up in mid-December 1968 when after a brief career in “Fat Mattress” with Noel Redding of Jimi Hendrix fame, Barre joined Jethro Tull.

By the end of 1968, Jethro Tull‘s Ian Anderson was going through conflicts with his then blues guitarist, Mick Abrahams. After having a brief stint with Earth (and future Black Sabbath) guitarist, Tony Lommi, he auditioned and joined Jethro Tull briefly as a guest, appearing on the Rolling Stones “Rock and Roll Circus” TV special miming to “A Song for Jeffrey”. Additionally, David O’List of The Nice auditioned for the Jethro Tull lead guitarist slot without success. Barre came to audition for Anderson, but was so nervous that he barely played. For his second audition, Martin Barre didn’t bring an amplifier or a guitar cord. Even so, Ian Anderson still approved Barre as Abrahams’ permanent replacement. Today, Barre is the next longest-standing member in Jethro Tull next to 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 recorded five albums: A Summer Band (1992), A Trick of Memory (1994), The Meeting (1996) and Stage Left (2003) and Away With Words (2013). On these recordings, Barre combined rock and guitar-oriented fusion in his sound.

The Meeting (1996) features the bassist Jonathan Noyce, who was then introduced to Tull vocalist and flute player, Ian Anderson by Barre and played with Jethro Tull in 1996-2007.

Stage Left, saw Barre essay a number of blues, acoustic folk and even ambient electronic styles. In 2004 in support of Stage Left, he played a number of solo dates and played at all of the Tull gigs in 2005. According to his official website, he has also recorded work on the recent album by veteran British folk music outfit, Pentangle.

In 2012 he toured with a band, which he called Martin Barre’s New Day, and included Pat O’MayJohn MitchellFrank MeadJonathan Noyce and Geoff Dunn.

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.

As well as performing on numerous Jethro Tull albums, 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.

Martin has put together a band to play the “classic” music from the Tull catalogue. His band, under the title of Martin Barre’s New Day is a total commitment to give the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years. The band includes other members of Tull and top musicians from a similar background.

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Clive Bunker

Clive was born on the 12th of December, 1946. He took up the drums as a serious occupation with his friend and compatriot, Mick Abrahams in the group “McGregor’s Engine” in 1967. Based in Luton, England, the band played in the general locality with Clive mustering an extraordinary non-matching drum kit, comprised of bits and pieces of various manufacturers’ equipment. It was as a drummer of “mix and match” description that he joined the fledgling Jethro Tull at the end of ’67 to accompany Ian Anderson, Mick and Glenn Cornick in the early, heady days of the post blues-boom years of Brit-rock.

Never the self-professed technical drummer, Clive made his impact, based on his throbbing, gritty engagement with the essence of blues and rock and roll, moved by the work of Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell et al.

Later, Clive was to become firm friends of Corky Laing of “Mountain” and the many other drummers from the bands with which the early Tull found themselves appearing on the first US tours in 1969 and 1970. After the album “Aqualung”, Clive felt that Tull was entering a more complex musical phase, not so much in keeping with his own earthier roots, and volunteered to take early retirement to the different world of marriage, dog kennel management and a venture in light engineering which had been his earlier profession. Tull continued with the employment of Barrie Barlow, an old chum of Ian’s and John’s from schooldays in Blackpool.

In 1974, Clive joined the band “Blodwyn Pig” which Mick Abrahams had formed on his departure from Tull in 1969.

Today, Clive still remains a sought-after session musician, with many, many credits to his name amongst the world of old and not-so-old music groups.

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Jonathan Noyce

Jonathan Noyce was born in Sutton Coldfield, in the Midlands of England, on the 15th of July, 1971, three months after the release of Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung” album.

His father, Peter, was Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at Lichfield Cathedral, and his mother, Jane, a town planner. Jon grew up surrounded by the sounds of choirs, organs and the orchestral music which formed the basis of his parents’ small record collection.

The call of the big city and the prospect of a life as a working musician brought Jon to London in 1990 to enroll at The Royal Academy of Music, where he passed his entry examination by playing classical percussion!
However, once accepted, he switched to a four year course in the study of bass guitar in the context of jazz and commercial music.

In 1995, Jon worked with Martin Barre, on his album “The Meeting” and with Ian Anderson on “Divinities”. When Tull bassist, Dave Pegg announced his retirement from the band in 1995 to concentrate on his original and first love, Fairport Convention, Jonathan was the natural choice as successor.

Jonathan has featured on many records as a session bassist, and in live performances with a variety of artists and currently resides in London, England.  Outside of Jethro Tull, Jonathan had a long association with guitarist Gary Moore, playing with him on his Old New Ballads Blues CD, the DVD recording of the concert to commemorate the life of Phil Lynott, One Night in Dublin, which featured members of Thin Lizzy and the CD/DVD release of Gary’s final recorded show “Live At Montreux 2010”.

In 2006 Jonathan joined “The Divine Comedy” for some European dates and one off television appearances. Since 2007 Jonathan has been a member of the UK band Archive. He is featured on the recordings Live at the Zenith, Controlling Crowds, Controlling Crowds Part 4 and “With Us Until You’re Dead”. A new album from Archive is due for release later in 2013 on which Jonathan contributed electric bass, Moog synthesizer, overdrive and distortion.

Rick Wakeman called upon Jonathan for his concerts at Hampton Court Palace in 2009. These shows were also recorded and filmed and feature on the CD, DVD and Blu-ray release The Six Wives of Henry VIII Live at Hampton Court Palace.

In 2010 Jonathan re-united with Gary Moore for his Summer of Rock shows throughout Europe. This band also included drummer and friend Darrin Mooney and, following a 21-year hiatus, keyboard and guitar player Neil Carter, Gary’s right-hand man during his rise to international success in the 1980s. This promising Celtic-Rock project came to a sad and sudden end with the sudden death of Gary on the 6th February, 2011. The band had been in rehearsals just prior to Gary’s death in preparation for the commencement of recording sessions for a new album later in February that year.

2010 saw Jonathan having one of his greatest commercial successes with the release of French-Canadian superstar, Mylène Farmer’s latest CD, “Bleu Noir” for Jonathan supplied all the bass guitar tracks. For somebody normally associated with other musical forms, it’s an unlikely move for Jonathan, but it seems that he was, once more, called on for his bass expertise over his love of Italian footwear and quality hair products. Jonathan filled in on bass for Love Amongst Ruin’s debut gig at Eurosonic Festival in January, 2010.

2012 saw Jonathan joining his old Jethro Tull bandmate, Martin Barre for live shows across Europe. More shows and recordings were planned for 2013, plus Jonathan toured with Archive.

Jonathan Noyce’s main instruments include an original 1960 Fender Precision bass guitar (which has an identical twin, made by Fender Masterbuilt craftsman Ian Waller), Yamaha basses (BB1100s, fretless, BB3000 & BB2025X), Wal basses (custom 4, 4 fretless and 5 string), Fender Musicmaster, a 1964 Fender Jazz bass, an Epiphone Rivoli bass, a Guild Acoustic, Zeta Crossover UEB. Jonathan has two pedalboards made by Custom Pedal Chain System. Both are almost identical, featuring Tech 21 Sansamp Classic, Zvex Woolly Mammoth, Boss OC2, Ibanez CS505, Lehle 3@1 switching and cables by Custom Pedal Chain System. Jonathan has used SWR amplification for over twenty years and his current main live rig uses a SM900 amp and Henry the 8×8 cabinet. In the studio, Jonathan uses an SWR Redhead combo, SWR Mo’Bass, Fender Bassman, Ampeg Portaflex and Wallace Amplifier. Di boxes are Radial. Jonathan Noyce strings all his guitars with D’Addario strings.

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Dan Crisp (vocals/acoustic/bouzouki)  Was born in Bournemouth, England and introduced to music at an early age. A keen and talented music student at Somerset College of Arts and Technology, Dan utilized the opportunity to front a college band, playing local pubs and clubs around Taunton, Somerset. In 2001, Dan’s early writing and recording was spotted by Brent Treloar of Upbeat Music, who encouraged him to form a band with friend and bassist, Alan Bray and Roger Luxton on Drums.

This collaboration, linked with an introduction to Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) gave Dan the confidence to develop his own distinctive writing and vocal style. A series of acoustic gigs featuring Dan, Martin and Alan followed, including a sell-out performance at Exeter’s Phoenix Theater.

Dan’s debut album, “Far From Here”, was released in 2008.  Its 12 tracks depict the life and key events of a fictional character tackling challenges such as rebellion, falling in love, getting a grip on life, winning and losing and the realization of one’s place in the world.  It features members of “Fairport Convention” and the “John Martyn Band”, including Gerry Conway (Percussion), Arran Ahmun (Drums), Spencer Cozens (Piano), Alan Bray (Bass) and Chris Leslie (Violin).

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Alan Thomson – Born in Glasgow in 1960 he came from a musical background with both his father and grandfather being jazz musicians and his mother being a fine pianist and singer. He started (like many other kids) to learn to play the violin at age 5 and then moved onto the piano until at 13 years of age, he finally got a guitar. Along with bass player Neil Fairweather, drummer Tim Brittain, and sax/flute and guitarist David Roy, “The Arthur Trout Band” was formed and played in and around Glasgow from 1976-1980 also playing in the summer of 1980 at Stonehenge and Bristol Ashton Court festivals. An occasional visitor to the band rehearsals was David’s cousin, the now legendary Scottish singer/songwriter and innovative guitarist John Martyn.

John needed a bass player for his forthcoming Grace And Danger tour of the UK. Alan borrowed a fretless bass, practiced frantically for two weeks, auditioned and got the job, a relationship which would last almost thirty years until John’s death. Through his association with John, Alan has recorded and performed with Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Robert Palmer (for whom he wrote the B-side of the hit Addicted to Love), David Gilmour, Linda Lewis and Bert Jansch.

In 1989 he recorded and toured for Julia Fordham, an association that continues, most recently on tour in Japan in 2009 with Spen and John Martyn drummer Arran Ahmun.

Beginning in 1992 Alan toured for several years as part of a duo with keyboard wizard, Rick Wakeman and then with the Wakeman and Wakeman band. He also had a spell on tour as keyboard player for Black Sabbath bassist, Geezer Butler’s solo project and Scottish rock band “Strangeways”.

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Darby Todd – UK/US freelance drummer Darby Todd joined forces with the Martin Barre Band playing all 2018 shows around the UK, Europe and the U.S.

Todd’s credits include live shows with The Darkness, Gary Moore, Alan Price, Robert Plant, Buddy Whittington, Carl Verheyen, Joe Lynn Turner, Kee Marcello and a one-off special performance with Huey Lewis!

In addition, Darby has “slammed those pots” for masterclasses with the likes of Paul Gilbert, Robben Ford, Guthrie Govan and Doug Wimbish (Living Colour)

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