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Martin Barre


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As the lead guitarist for Jethro Tull, Martin Barre has been joined at the hip to Ian Anderson since 1969, when he replaced Mick Abrahams in the group’s lineup. His playing has provided much of the energy that allows the band to soar on record and in concert amid the beauty of Anderson’s melodies and the complexity of his lyrics, and played no small part in helping the veteran band (some would say “dinosaur”) win the 1988 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Album for Crest of a Knave. Anderson himself has been quoted as saying, “Without Martin Barre, Jethro Tull could not exist.”

Barre’s solo work was confined to his home studio until he assembled a band to play some charity gigs in the early 1990s. Since then, he has recorded a pair of albums that allow him to stretch out in directions that Tull normally doesn’t permit, and to put his instrument into new sounds, genres, and musical contexts.


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  • avanhole


    3 May 2013 Reply
  • Kelpie1962

    Got my picture with Martin in 1993. In his Bio they forgot to mention he has three solo discs. Trick Of Memory, The Meeting, and Stage Left. All are exceptional and I recommend them to any Tull fan.

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • arrowe1969

    The man's a genius, His albums are stripped back and real. You get the sense he is in full control and enjoying every minute of it. Jethro Tull really is more than great songs and a flute. His name is Martin Barre .

    3 Apr 2009 Reply
  • gipc

    He can play with the best of them.

    20 Aug 2008 Reply
  • dr_shoganai

    One of my favourite guitarists. So underrated.

    16 May 2008 Reply
  • FunkyMe


    26 Aug 2007 Reply
  • SonOfTheWookie

    Great guitarist

    20 Jul 2006 Reply

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