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Update from Martin - Jan 2010
My finger is 99% mended now ,so that story can be crossed
As you can imagine the Excalibur tour has been hard hit
by the weather,snow and lots of it! Luckily the German audiences
ignore the conditions and we have virtually all sell out
Tonight will bring back many memories as we are playing
at the Munich Olympiahalle which was the venue for JT several
times .The tour promoter very generously took the the whole
cast (100 people!) to see the Chinese Acrobats perform Swan
Lake on our night off...it was amazing!
Hope all is well and I'm looking forward to coming over
for the summer shows.
Martin was born in Birmingham, England on the 17th November, 1946.
He studied at local Grammar schools, before enrolling on a degree
course in Surveying and Architecture at college and university.
Leaving college to begin a musical career playing saxophone and
flute, he joined a touring soul band who travelled throughout Germany
and the UK, later backing such legendary US artists as Lee Dorsey,
The Coasters and Ben E. King.
first ran into Jethro Tull in 1968 when his band "Gethsemane" as
it was then called, supported Tull at a concert at the Van Dyck
Club in Plymouth, England. Martin had by then graduated to electric
guitar along with his other instruments, and must have made some
favourable impression on the members of Tull since, when Mick Abrahams
forfeited the guitar slot in December 1968, Martin successfully
auditioned, being favoured over Tony Iommi, later of Black Sabbath,
whose style was seen as less flexible than the more eclectic musical
background which Martin brought to the group.
After a few shows in the UK to warm up both Martin and some new
material, Tull joined Jimi Hendrix for some concerts in Scandinavia,
and then on to the USA for the first time, early in 1969.
the Tull success grew through album releases and concert tours
Martin Barre developed his skills to encompass his broad interests
in classical, jazz, pop and rock music, benefiting as he went from
friendly acquaintances with other rock guitar luminaries of the
day, such as Peter Green, Leslie West, Jimmy Page, etc.
In 1976, he met his future wife while arriving at Jackson City
Airport, and in uncharacteristic fashion, did the "major Rock
Star bit" by boldly offering her a ticket and backstage pass
to the show that night. The young Julie Weems was sufficiently
reassured by his gentlemanly and polite demeanour, to actually
turn up and thus began an enduring 22 year relationship which now
involves two daughters, a son, one dog and two cats.
Martin has recorded two solo albums in the last few years: "A
Trick Of Memory" and "The Meeting", and runs his
own commercial recording studio, "The Presshouse" in
nearby Devon, England which plays host to many new and established
bands who come to enjoy the creative tranquillity which has fuelled
Martin's solo work.
fondest memories of touring involve gigs with Hendrix, Zappa, Captain
Beefheart, Chicago, Mountain and UK. Favourite Tull tracks include "Sossity,
You're A Woman" and "Nothing To Say", and his favourite
Tull album is 1984's "Under Wraps".
Martin's hobbies include, famously, recreational and marathon
running (not jogging) as well as collecting old model trains and
cameras. He enjoys skiing and wind surfing when on vacation, but
rarely travels without a guitar which, when the mood takes him,
offers the best exercise of all.
Martin Barre continues to record and tour with Jethro Tull.