LIVE: Martin Barre @ The Egg, 9/23/16


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Of course, guitarist Martin Barre is best known for his long tenure recording and touring with Jethro Tull, who he joined in 1968, just in time to record their sophomore album Stand Up.

In his recent concert at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Barre, not surprisingly, leaned heavily on selections from the Tull catalog, often serving out deep album cuts, much to the delight of the die-hard Tull fans.

But Barre has actually amassed a catalog of a half dozen solo albums over the years, beginning with 1994’s A Trick of Memory, and he also sprinkled some of those tunes throughout the evening, including the opening instrumental “Hammer” and “Back to Steel,” the title track of latest album.

Backed by a solid band that featured bassist Alan Thomson, guitarist-vocalist Dan Crisp and drummer George Lindsay, Barre also offered an impressively diverse array of cover tunes, ranging from the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” to Robert Johnson’s classic “Crossroads” (with Barre playing mandola) to the contemporary prog-rock of Porcupine Tree’s “Blackest Eyes.”

To Cry You a Song (Jethro Tull)
Minstrel in the Gallery (Jethro Tull)
Steal Your Heart Away (Bobby Parker)
Back to Steel
Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
Nothing to Say (Jethro Tull)
Sea Lion (Jethro Tull)
Love Story (Jethro Tull)
Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day (Jethro Tull)
Thick as a Brick (Jethro Tull)
Blackest Eyes (Porcupine Tree)
Crossroads (Robert Johnson)
A Jig / Hymn 43 (Jethro Tull)
Bad Man
Moment of Madness
Sweet Dream (Jethro Tull)
A Song for Jeffrey (Jethro Tull)
Teacher (Jethro Tull)
Fat Man (Jethro Tull)
A New Day Yesterday (Jethro Tull)
Locomotive Breath (Jethro Tull)

Review by Dave Gardiner and photographs by Stanley Johnson at




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