Preview: Martin Barre, Jethro Tull guitarist, Brighton Komedia

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MHBG-15-08-13 Cropredy Martin Barre''Martin Barre - A New Day

Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre plays Brighton’s Komedia on October 3 on the back of the release of his fourth solo album Away With Words.

The record features new arrangements of Tull material plus brand-new compositions by Martin.

“Re-arranging and representing the Tull songs featured on this album became a very pleasant and rewarding task,” he said.

“These lesser known songs have always been among my favourite pieces of music and reworking them brought back many good memories.”

He added: “I have written the rest of the music, hopefully with sympathy and taste. Composing and re-arranging is my passion. Bringing together the many acoustic instruments was a delight for me, but of course the electric guitar couldn’t be totally left out of the picture. This album is a fusion of my writing blended together with Ian Anderson’s in a continual movement of music.”

On Away With Words, Martin plays Acoustic/classic/electric guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, bass, flute and bass clarinet, with Dan Crisp taking care of vocals. Completing the line-up are Frank Mead on blackwood flute, whistles, bodhran and blues harp, Jonathan Noyce on bass and George Lindsay on drums and percussion.

Martin Barre started his music career in the early 60s playing saxophone. He audition for Jethro Tull in 1969 and was handpicked by Ian Anderson to take on guitar duties from Mick Abrahams. Today he’s the longest standing member after Anderson himself, having appeared on all of their albums apart from their first.