Martin Barre Brings 50 years of Jethro Tull Music To The Woodlands on Jan 25

By: Billy Adams
| Published 01/21/2022


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- We interviewed Martin Barre, longtime lead guitarist for the British rock band, Jethro Tull. Martin along with official Tull band member Clive Bunker will take the stage at Dosey Doe Big Barn on January 25 to entertain the crowd with the sounds that made Jethro Tull famous. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the songs of Jethro Tull at the acoustically pleasing and nationally popular Dosey Doe Big Barn.

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Martin Barre is one of those talented musicians that not only lives and breaths music but appreciates the nature of music, its place in his life and how it affects his audience. He has traveled the world, performing concerts for millions of people and in his spare time, he likes to relax by picking up a guitar or flute and playing his favorite songs. Music isn’t something he does while entertaining at concerts. Music is something he enjoys and lives every day.

Barre was born in a suburb of Birmingham, England. We asked him about his early life and how he entered the music industry. He said that he loved music and started playing the flute at an early age. He always admired rock guitarists and told us that when he attended rock concerts, he would look at the guitarists and think to himself that he wanted the fame, the money and the lifestyle of those guitarists.

Barre mentioned that he had originally pursued a career in architecture, not music while in college, even designing a road junction in Birmingham, and although he was pretty good as an architect, he said that the field of architecture was just way too boring for him. He wanted something subsequently more interesting, with a creative aspect to it and music was the outlet and career he loved and ultimately decided to pursue. It was a decision that changed his life in a profound way.

This prompted Barre to move to London and audition for a local band called The Noblemen. He could play several instruments, including the flute and guitar, but this band was only looking for a saxophone player. With his flute experience under his belt and a genuine talent for music, Barre purchased a saxophone and became familiar with the instrument. In just a couple of days Barre was able to wing it enough during the audition to join the band as a saxophone player. Being part of this band helped put Martin on a course that would eventually lead him to the band, Jethro Tull. The band he initially joined was originally called The Noblemen, but Barre mentioned that the band had changed its name many times during his time with them and finally the band decided on the name, Gethsemane. Barre played with them for a couple of year and after a year was made their lead guitarist.

Gethsemane played all over England in local pubs and through mutual venues was later introduced and became acquaintances with the band, Jethro Tull. Around the time that Gethsemane was about to disband, Jethro Tull’s manager reached out to Barre asking him to audition to play with Jethro Tull. Barre auditioned and was brought into the band and later became the lead guitarist. The rest is history. Jethro Tull originally started off playing blues and jazz but later moved to progressive rock, folk rock and classical music. Outside of Ian Anderson, Barre was the longest serving member of Jethro Tull and played guitar and flute for their band for 43 years. His contribution to the band is immeasurable.

Jethro Tull was met with great success. Over the years, Jethro Tull has amazed audiences with their unique sounds and have garnered number hits through their efforts including their popular albums, Stand Up and Aqualung. Martin Barre will be bring back the sounds of Jethro Tull on Sunday, January 25. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear legends of rock performing at Dosey Doe this week.

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About Dosey Doe

This 165 year old historical structure has been saved for its current purpose. Originally built as a tobacco barn in Kentucky, the 300-600 year old growth oak and birch massive beams are the foundation not only for a beautiful room for also for great acoustics. It is a place where memories are made. No need to run from restaurant to music hall, as here you have it all.

Their entrees are 'cooked from scratch' based on the season, special offerings of purveyors with the type of music of the night in mind. Their task is to offer a meal that would be the reason in and of itself to visit Dosey Doe. The presentation is note worthy and the creations are featured in several Cook Books from Canada to Texas.

Nationally recognized artists from around the world dominate the calendar here: from Jerry Jeff Walker to The Rippingtons, Dave Mason to Lee Roy Parnell, Clint Black to Bela Fleck, Leon Russell to Spyro Gyra, Steve Wariner to Hayes Carll, Roger Creager to Mel Tillis, Manhattan Transfer to Gallagher... up very close and personal. Most artists will stay to have photos taken and give autographs after the show. Many very rarely do it anywhere but here and almost everyone says it is one of their favorite rooms to play.

'I have played them all, big and small, but I have never played a place that sounds as good as Dosey Doe!' - Gary P Nunn

'I will gladly tell anyone that Carnegie Hall cannot compete with Dosey Doe,' - Michael Martin Murphy

'One of my all time top 5 places to have played,' - Marcia Ball

Come early and enjoy the room. Filled with Americana artifacts from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, there is plenty to see. Your hands touching the hand-hewn 2000 lb barn beams, your eyes filled with art, artifacts, signage from a simpler time, your taste buds excited from salad to dessert, and music so pure - up close and personal... all designed to 'Take You Away' and create a memory you will keep.

The BIG BARN is home to great causes such as RETT and SWING FOR A CURE; benefits where proceeds go to help children's illnesses. The BIG BARN is available for large wedding receptions, corporate functions, birthdays and anniversary parties.

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