News: MARTIN BARRE tour starts 29 August and interview with Get Ready to ROCK!

Martin Barre, photo by Simon Dunkerley
Photo: Simon Dunkerley/GRTR!

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio
Sunday 31 August, 16:00
Sunday 28 September, 22:00
A two-hour special, replaying Martin’s recent chat about his favourite tracks and new album, plus Tull and solo highlights and his band session for GRTR! from last year

Long-serving Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre sets out on an extensive European tour from 29 August.

For 40 plus years he was an integral part of the Jethro Tull sound although in more recent times he has toured in his own right as ‘Martin Barre’s New Day’ and his solo albums date from 1994.

He released ‘Away With Words’ in 2013 which featured rearranged Tull tracks and new pieces and 29 September sees the release of ‘Order Of Play’ which again covers Tull and some blues rock standards.

Martin has always been at the forefront of progressive rock guitar and his work on ‘Aqualung’ was voted one of “The 20 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time” by Guitarist magazine in 2011.

He recently chatted to Get Ready to ROCK!’s managing editor David Randall about his latest album and selecting his own favourite tracks from other artists.  (See broadcast times, above).

The Martin Barre Band – Martin, Dan Crisp (vocals), Richard Beesley (sax), Alan Thomson (bass) and George Lindsay (drums) – play UK dates starting out Friday 29 August and in Europe from 8 October.

More information
Album review (and interview edit)
Artist website



On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

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Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)

Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)



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