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Martin Barre UK Tour 2014

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New album promoted by Jethro Tull guitarist
Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre has responded to fans' demands by recording an album of his acclaimed live show of Tull classics.

Martin Barre, Jethro Tull, Order of Play
Classic tracks: Martin Barre

The show toured the UK last year and was such a hit fans asked for a recorded souvenir. But instead of just taping a concert Martin and his band decided to go into a studio to lay down the tracks while they were in Somerset headlining a festival.

He explains: ''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, we 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, we met at Middle Farm Studio the next morning, set the back-line up as we do onstage, with vocalist Dan Crisp 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."

Martin Barre, Jethro Tull, Order of Play

The completed album, Order of Play, is released on September 29. The tracklisting is: New Day Yesterday/ Fatman/ Watch your Step/ Crossroads/ Minstrel in the Gallery/ To Cry You a Song/ Steal Your Heart Away/ Thick as a Brick (excerpt)/ Sweet Dream/ Song for Jeffrey/ Rock Me Baby/ Teacher/ Still Loving You Tonight/ Locomotive Breath.

The record will be promoted with a series of gigs in September and another batch in December, including Leamington Spa Assembly on December 20.

Martin Barre, Jethro Tull, Order of Play
On the road again: Martin Barre

Martin's band comprises Dan Crisp on vocals, acoustic guitar and bouzouki, drummer George Lindsay, Richard Beesley on saxophone and clarinet and bassist Alan Thomson.

As well as being a member of Jethro Tull for 43 years Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa and Chris Thompson. He has shared a stage with such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

Martin Barre's 2014 UK tour dates:

September 5: Bolton, The Railway;
September 6: Liverpool, Lomax;
September 7: London, The Borderline;
September 8: Leicester, The Musician;
September 9: Cambridge, The Junction;
September 11: Bristol, The Tunnels;
September 12: Derby, The Flowerpot;
December 4: St Helens, The Citadel;
December 6: Newcastle, The Cluny;
December 7: Skegness Folk Festival;
December 20: Leamington Spa, Assembly;
December 21: East Devon, Budleigh Salterton Public Hall.

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Why? An evening of Jethro Tull classics
When: December 20, 2014
Phone: 01926 311311
Where: Leamington Spa Assembly
Cost: 18.50
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