CUE AND PLAY: Martin Barre takes on our challenge

Martin Barre: Solo album and tour
Martin Barre: Solo album and tour

Former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre is supporting the recent release of his fourth solo album Away with Words, with a UK tour – and stops off at The Stables on Monday.

The elpee comprises new arrangements of Tull songs, and some brand new compositions.

“Re-arranging and representing the Tull songs featured on this album became a very pleasant and rewarding task,” Martin said.

“These lesser known songs have always been amongst my favourite pieces of music and reworking them brought back many good memories.”

We asked Martin to dig deep into his musical collection and share his most favoured discs with us in Cue and Play...

Tell us about the first record you bought/downloaded

The Dam Busters March by Eric Coates. I loved the movie as a youngster and the music was great

An album you can’t live without, and why

I can’t live without After the Gold Rush by Neil Young; fabulous songs that you never tire of hearing and a brilliant voice

Most embarrassing record in your collection

Probably Steam Locomotive Sounds! I collect model trains and bought it in a moment of madness.

Your favourite cheesy disc

The Shadows by Atlantis, but I have to say it’s not cheesy in my opinion

An album you wish you’d bought, but didn’t

I wish I had more by Johnny Kid and the Pirates. Any of their albums. We played a lot of their tracks in my band at school.

If we could grant you a wish to meet one musician or band, who would it be and why?

I don’t wish to meet any of my favourite musicians to be honest, in case they might disappoint me with their personality and it would ruin the magic.

There is also nothing I need to know that the music doesn’t

already do.

However, I have been incredibly fortunate to play with some incredible musicians.

Name a song that never fails to pick you up

Boys of Summer by Don Henley.

A truly great song with beautiful guitar playing

And one that chills you out

Anything by Bach with Glenn Gould on piano

What was the first gig you attended

My first gig was Tony Sheridan and the Nightriders, who went on to be part of the Move, The Moody Blues, and other big Birmingham bands

Tell us about your favourite record shop or online store, and what the appeal is

Nowadays, any shop that sells CDs is a goldmine.

Tower Records in San Francisco was the ultimate store in the 70s.

You can step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours. Who do you choose and what do you do?

The shoes would belong to Mark Knopfler and I would play a solo set in a small club

Is there a new or undiscovered artist you think we need to hear?

Mad Dog Macray. A fun band of Irish origins and a great whistle player.

You can banish one artist to the bargain bin.

Who do you choose?

I cannot put a musician in a bin, we learn what not to do from bad music, so we need them all!

Other shows still booking at the venue this week:

Tributees Viva Santana on Saturday, the Aortas Songwriting Competition Finals (for more on this, turn back a page to City Nights), Jazz Matters on Sunday lunchtime, Wishbone Ash on Tuesday and Moishe’s Bagel on Wednesday.

> If you want to tip your ears to a new sound, check in with Devon Sproule.

The American troubadour is back with new album Colours, a collaborative work with Mike O’Neill from Canadian indie band Inbreds.

She checks in at the venue to share her ‘panolpy of pop perfection’ with you this Sunday evening.

A more free, adventurous upbringing has doubtless influenced her eclectic, warm sounds. Rolling Stone magazine say ‘her vocal and lyrical beauty is unmatched.’

See what you think – call MK 280800 for a ticket.