Tag Archives: Martin Barre

Gig review: MARTIN BARRE BAND (50 Years of Jethro Tull) – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral, 2 June 2019

MARTIN BARRE BAND (50 Years of Jethro Tull) – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral, 2 June 2019

The International Guitar Festival Of Great Britain, held annually for many years, has been a showcase for some of the world’s finest players. Sadly, it has lost its focus a little in recent years with acts appearing that have no … Continue reading

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Album review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Another World

Erja Lyytinen - Another World

Tuohi Records [Release Date 26.04.19] ‘Another World’ is a suitably titled album that reflects blues-rock guitarist Erja Lyytinen growing musical aspirations. She initially learnt her craft as a slide playing blues guitarist, but in recent years she’s brought a sharper … Continue reading

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Gig review: GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 25-27 January 2019

Zal Cleminson - GIANTS OF ROCK, Butlins, Minehead, 25-27 January 2019

Three more days of rock, roll and roast pork and “last man standing” is becoming an ever more recurring theme. “Last man” might mean, literally, the last remaining member of a particular touring band or maybe a sole representative plying … Continue reading

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Gig review: GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL – Butlins, Skegness, 18 – 20 January 2019

GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL – Butlins, Skegness, 18-20 January 2019

Butlins in Skegness opened its doors to the holidaying masses back in 1936 and since then it has been serving up summertime fun and thrills as Billy Butlin intended. But during the cold winter months the site is mostly deserted, … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (July 2018 – September 2018)

Sari Schorr

Albums of the Month 2018 January 2018 – March 2018 April 2018 – June 2018 October 2018 – December 2018 SARI SCHORR Never Say Never (Manhaton) “…an album that goes a long way to establishing her own niche…this album does … Continue reading

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Album review: MARTIN BARRE – Roads Less Travelled

MARTIN BARRE - Roads Less Travelled

Garage Records [Release date 31.08.18] You always thought with Martin Barre’s post-Tull albums that he was searching for his own niche.  ‘Away With Words’ in 2013 was a largely acoustic mish-mash of Tull covers and originals, ”Order of Play’ (2014) … Continue reading

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Album review: FEDERAL CHARM – Passenger

FEDERAL CHARM – Passenger

Wire Sound Records [Release date 14.09.18] Federal Charm’s fourth album finds them with a significant line-up change featuring new singer Tom Guyer and drummer Josh Zahler. Lead guitarist Paul Bowe and solid bassist LD Morawski continue to be part of … Continue reading

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News: HRH PROG – more acts added, 15-18 November 2018

Martin Barre - Great British Rock & Blues Festival 2015

HRH Prog have announced more acts appearing at this year’s event  between Thursday 15th-18th November 2018. Thursday headliner will be Martin Barre, legendary Jethro Tull guitarist back in 1968 and who remained with the band for close on 45 years. … Continue reading

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Album review: ALAN SIMON – Excalibur IV The Dark Age Of The Dragon

ALAN SIMON - Excalibur IV The Dark Age Of The Dragon

Babaika Productions [Release date 03.11.17] The first reference I saw to Alan Simon was the credit on Sonja Kristina’s recent anthology – it’s the track that’s also included here called ‘The Passion’.  Then an Alan Simon compilation arrives to add … Continue reading

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Album review: AYREON – The Source

Ayreon - The Source

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 28.04.17] It’s 12 years since Ayreon’s first album ‘The Final Experiment’ and the key elements of a conceptual sci-fi story with prog rock underpinnings remain at the heart of the new album ‘The Source.’ It’s … Continue reading

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News: Blues rockers JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR and MARTIN BARRE interviews – Sunday 20 September 2015

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Photo: Darran Griffiths/GRTR! Joanne Shaw Taylor is featured in an hour special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 20 September at 19:00 GMT. On the eve of her UK tour, Joanne chats to Pete Feenstra about her favourite … Continue reading

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Album review: MARTIN BARRE – Back To Steel

Martin Barre - Back To Steel

Assume The Position – Martin Barre Special (20 September 2015) by Get Ready To Rock! Radio on Mixcloud Garage Records www.martinbarre.com [Release date 18.09.15] Described by Martin Barre as the “most important work in my career as a musician” sets … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN WETTON – Anthology The Studio Recordings Vol.1

JOHN WETTON - Anthology The Studio Recordings

In this interview extract from April 2009 John Wetton tells David Randall about his early influences, and the immediate aftermath of his departure from Asia in 1991 which led to the release of his second, and favourite, solo album ‘Battle … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL, Skegness, 23-25 January 2015

Lez Zeppelin - Great British Rock & Blues Festival 2015

Despite having an arguably weaker line-up than last year, the 19th Skegness Great British Rock & Blues Festival had an irresistible vibe, and the best moments from the likes of Skinny Molly, Caravan, Del Bromham, Babajack, Roadhouse and Nine Below … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! Radio – October 2014 Highlights

Steve Hackett

October 2014 Highlights More information at the dedicated website Check back here as we add new features throughout the month. All times, BST (GMT+1) Photo: Simon Dunkerley Tuesdays 19:00 Pete Feenstra Rock & Blues Signposting upcoming and established blues/rock artists … Continue reading

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News: MARTIN BARRE interview special on Sunday 28 September

Martin Barre

Photo: Simon Dunkerley/GRTR! Get Ready to ROCK! Radio Sunday 28 September, 22:00 GMT Monday 29 September and Friday 3 October, 22:00 repeat) A two-hour special, replaying Martin’s recent chat about his favourite tracks and new album, plus Tull and solo … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARTIN BARRE BAND – Lomax, Liverpool, 6 September 2014

Martin Barre Band - Liverpool, 6 September 2014

On Sunday 28 September, on the eve of the release of ‘Order Of Play’, you can hear Martin Barre chatting about his favourite tracks.  In the second hour of a two-hour special, we’ll be playing some Martin Barre highlights: with … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Album review: MARTIN BARRE – Order Of Play

Martin Barre - Order Of Play

David Randall tries to help Martin Barre with his tour set-list. (7:12) On Sunday 28 September, the full version of this latest interview is repeated in the first hour of ‘Assume The Position’ (Get Ready to ROCK! Radio) followed by … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! Radio – August 2014 highlights

Pete Feenstra and Coco Montoya

August 2014 Highlights More information at the dedicated website Check back here as we add new features throughout the month. All times, BST (GMT+1) Photo: Mark Hughes/MHP Tuesdays 19:00 Pete Feenstra Rock & Blues Pete signposts upcoming and established artists … Continue reading

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