Martin Barre From Jethro Tull at The Atkinson

Martin Barre From Jethro Tull at The Atkinson

Martin Barre, Jethro Tull’s guitarist for 40 years – performs at The Atkinson this October after releasing his sixth solo album – Back to Steel on 18 September.

Back To Steel celebrates the guitarist’s 50-year career with a return to his roots of steel strings and electric guitars.  The album features mostly new compositions together with a version of Eleanor Rigby as homage to the week Martin spent working with Paul McCartney and Skating Away and Slow Marching Band from the Jethro Tull repertoire.

His sound and playing having been a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.

Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; he was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on ‘Aqualung’. His playing on the album Crest of a Knave earned him a Grammy award in 1988.

As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

As Jethro Tull are taking a long break from touring, Martin has put together a band to play the “classic” music from the Tull catalogue. His band is a total commitment to give the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years. The band includes top musicians from a similar background.

The band includes; Dan Crisp vocals/acoustic/bouzouki, George Lindsay drums, Frank Mead whistles/accordion/sax/vocals, Greg Harewood bass , Pat O’May guitar/bouzouki/vocals
and Martin Barre guitar/mandolin

Catch Martin Barre (Jethro Tull Band) perform at The Atkinson on Friday 2 October at 8pm. Tickets are £20 / £18 concessions plus booking fee. They are available online at or by calling the Box Office on 01704 533333. They are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours.


Please be advised that there is booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone & 50p over the counter.





Martin Barre Band (Jethro Tull)

Friday 2 October, 8pm

Tickets £20 / £18 concessions


*Please be advised that there is booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone & 50p over the counter.


The Atkinson
Lord Street



In person: Visit The Atkinson box office on Lord Street

For tickets: visit the website or call box office on 01704 533333




About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


The new Museum is now open. Sefton Between Land & Sea tells the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. While Discover Ancient Egypt – the new Egyptology Gallery is the home of the  Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not been seen for over 40 years.




Posted on 22 September 2015 under General news

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