Born in King’s Heath, Grammy Award winner Martin Barre is undoubtedly the one of the Heath’s most well-known and successful musician having been the guitarist in legendary folk rock band Jethro Tull since 1969.
Martin’s solo in “Aqualung” was recently voted the 20th best guitar soloof all time which is incredible when you think of all the guitars solos that litter popular music history!
Martin started out in local bands The Dwellers who became the Moonrakers. Next up were The Noblemen who became the Penny Peeps who became Motivation who became Gethsemane (are you following?). A brief stint with Earth, the early incantation of Black Sabbath, followed before the call from Ian Anderson came to join Jethro Tull (fellow Brummie and friend Dave Pegg was to join the band a few years later) where Martin has been an ever present since. Jethro Tull holds a revered place in the history of British popular music and to be a constant member for nearly 43 years is amazing. As well as his work in Tull, Martin has released his own music to great success, and played with some of the biggest names in popular music; Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa, Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
Currently still touring with Martin Barre's New Day playing Jethro Tull songs not played for years, Martin shows no signs of slowing down!