March 1, 2018
Wonderful 16-page cover feature on Jethro Tull – 50th Anniversary in the new issue of PROG Magazine out on Thursday 1st March. Don’t miss it.
The 50th Anniversary tour which starts on 3rd April is mostly sold out. There will be some production tickets available over the next week or two, please check with local venues to buy them.
August 14, 2017
It was on the 2nd of February 1968 at the world-famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street that Jethro Tull first performed under that name. The group would go on to become one of the most successful and enduring bands of their era, selling over 60 million albums worldwide and entering the cultural collective consciousness along the way.
To celebrate this golden anniversary, Ian Anderson will present 50 years of Jethro Tull in eight UK concerts during April 2018 as part of the worldwide touring schedule.
The debut album, This Was, was released later that same year. Founder, frontman and flautist, Ian Anderson, is rightly credited with introducing the flute to rock as a front line instrument, not to mention the codpiece!
Jethro Tull are one of the biggest selling Progressive Rock artists of all time and their immense and diverse catalogue of work encompasses folk, blues, classical and heavy rock. The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focussing on the earlier formative period through to the “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalogue from the albums This Was, Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die, Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Crest Of A Knave and even a touch of TAAB2 from 2012.
Anderson says: “I am not usually a birthday or anniversary kind of guy but, just for once, I won’t be a party-pooper either! I treasure the memories of the earlier years of Jethro Tull repertoire, associated as it is with the adventures of visiting so many countries for the first time to connect with new fans around the world. And this is a celebration of all the 33 band members who graced our ranks – musicians who brought their talents, skills and styles to bear on the performances live and in the studio. Join me and the current band for a nostalgic evening of varied music, representative of my ever-changing songwriting as our careers progressed through the years.”
Tour dates are as follows:
Tuesday 3rd Manchester O2 Apollo Thursday 5th Newcastle City Hall Friday 6th Edinburgh Usher Hall Saturday 7th Liverpool Auditorium Monday 9th Bristol Colston Hall Tuesday 10th Birmingham Symphony Hall Wednesday 11th Cambridge Corn Exchange Tuesday 17th London Royal Albert Hall
Presale Tickets available on 30th August: http://www.gigantic.com/jethro-tull-tickets-presale-1051 and venue box offices. Tickets are subject to booking fee. There is no support – please see ticket for start time.
Ian Anderson is accompanied by Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests
About Jethro Tull
Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. During their 50-year history, the band has performed over 3,000 concerts in more than 50 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year.
February 20, 2017
After their recent troubles, we’re glad to welcome back Prog Magazine! The much loved publication celebrates its return to all news stands with a massive cover feature on Jethro Tull, accompanied by a review of upcoming album ‘Jethro Tull The String Quartets’, to be released on 24th March. Prog Magazine is out now.
Get a taste of the album watching the video for ‘Songs and Horses’ below:
December 20, 2016
Following fast on the footsteps of Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song), Jethro Tull The String Quartet release a second Christmas offering “Ring Out These Bells,” an adaptation of Jethro Tull’s “Ring Out, Solstice Bells,” from their forthcoming album Jethro Tull The String Quartet out on 24th March. Both tracks are available now for instant download with the full album iTunes pre-order .
Watch the video: “Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells)”:
Says Anderson: “‘Ring Out These Bells” was written for the Songs From The Wood album as a reference to the winter solstice pagan festival and the latter day transplanted Christian notional birth of the Biblical Jesus, but then the record company thought that we should release it as a Christmas single.
After a futile attempt to record a simpler, catchier version, we reverted to the original recording. It was released just too late to make the Top Ten charts in time for Christmas. But it has remained a radio play staple in the radio playlists for Christmas ever since. This new string quartet version captures the spirit of the original recording but with a really authentic Christmas Classical interpretation with the flute and a bit of the vocal sections of the familiar version. I can just feel the mistletoe quivering in anticipation of a quick kiss and no tell.”
Jethro Tull The String Quartets have launched a Pledge Music campaign where fans can pre-order product, purchase signed CDs and Vinyl LPs.
Ian Anderson talking about this project:
“Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song)” Official Audio Download both tracks instantly with the full album iTunes pre-order!
01. In the Past (Living In The Past)
02. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman / Reasons For Waiting)
03. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle)
04. We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)
05. Farm, the Fourway (Farm On The Freeway)
06. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood / Heavy Horses)
07. Only the Giving (Wond’ring Aloud) 08. Loco (Locomotive Breath)
09. Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song)
10. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)
11. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells)
12. Aquafugue (Aqualung)
Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. With nearly 50 years’ history, the band has performed more than 3,000 concerts in 40 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year. Now, Ian Anderson, John O’Hara, and the Carducci Quartet are set to release Jethro Tull – The String Quartets, a collection of 12 re-imagined Tull classics, allowing Tull fans and classical music connoisseurs to enjoy the band’s vast catalogue in a new way. The album will be available on 24th March 2017 via BMG Records. A 2017 global tour will accompany the release.
About The Carducci Quartet:
Winners of international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition, this Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. The Carducci Quartet are highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works.
December 5, 2016
A massive treat for Jethro Tull fans and classical aficionados alike: Jethro Tull The String Quartets is an album of classic Jethro Tull repertoire, imaginatively arranged for Classical string quartet with the flute, guitar and vocals of songwriter and producer IAN ANDERSON, it will be released on 24th March 2017 by BMG.
The single “Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song)” is out now. This track will be an instant grat track with album pre-orders and can be downloaded. It’s available on streaming platforms including Spotify:
iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/jethro-tull-string-quartets/id1180995795
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/album/jethro-tull-string-quartets/id1180995795?at=1l3voFY&app=music
Jethro Tull The String Quartets have launched a Pledge Music campaign where fans can pre-order product, purchase signed CDs and Vinyl LPs.
For some time, Ian (Jethro Tull frontman and virtuoso flautist) and John O’Hara (keyboard player with Tull and Anderson) had discussed the prospect of a specially conceived album of classic Jethro Tull repertoire orchestrated for a string quartet. Ian & John first saw the Carducci Quartet at the London Symphony Orchestra’s LSO St Luke’s and, mesmerised by the group’s symbiotic relationship which results in their playing as one single musical organism, Ian invited them to take part in the recording. The Carducci Quartet are:
Matthew Denton Violin
Michelle Fleming Violin
Eoin Schmidt-Martin Viola
Emma Denton Cello
Two violins, a viola and a cello make up that perfect combination of instruments that is the string quartet. Composers such as Beethoven, Bartók and Britten have written for it, and Anderson’s music is reborn in this format. With judicious additions of flute, acoustic guitar and mandolin along with a few vocal sections, this album offers Tull fans the opportunity to enjoy familiar melodies and songs within the styling and traditions of Classical Music.
Ian, who is no stranger to working with orchestras, says: “John and I have worked on various orchestrations and performed many orchestral concerts over the last fifteen years. So, a couple of years ago, I came up with the idea of recording a dedicated string quartet album in a contemporary but “Classical” setting with brief appearances from myself. I felt that there were some songs rather special to me which featured the string quartet such as A Christmas Song, Reasons For Waiting and Wond’ring Aloud. These were my first experiences of working with a quartet. John came up with a few suggestions of his own which presented challenges. All had an intimacy and presence which I looked forward to recapturing in the cosy and very personal space of my office desk where I did the overdubs.”
About his approach to the orchestration, John explains, “There seemed little point in transcribing the band parts and distributing them to the players. I felt a responsibility to delve deeper and offer a new imagining of each piece. An orchestrator’s job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work. However, I also felt a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song. My ambition was to create a thought-provoking album that remains true to Ian’s compositions.”
Ian concludes, “It has really been a lot of fun to work on this project. The Carducci Quartet provided a spirited and committed performance, without which all would have been futile. And, I only had to pay for lunch once as they brought sandwiches. Bless.”
After poring over the entire Tull catalogue, Ian & John decided on the following selection of songs. Different from the original recordings, Ian has given some new cryptic titles.
Available on CD and Vinyl (Gatefold) as well as Mp3/M4A and uncompressed hi-definition 24/96 WAV files.
CD – Tracklisting:
Song Title Album Year 1. In The Past (Living In The Past) Stand Up 1969 2. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman/Reasons For Waiting) Stand Up/Benefit 1969/70 3. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle) Warchild 1974 4. We Used To Bach (We Used to Know/Bach Prelude C Major) Stand Up 1969 5. Farm, The Fourway (Farm On The Freeway) Crest of A Knave 1987 6. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood/Heavy Horses) (Album title tracks) 1977/78 7. Only The Giving (Wond’ring Aloud) Aqualung 1971 8. Loco (Locomotive Breath) Aqualung 1971 9. Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song) Living In The Past 1971 10. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green) Songs From The Wood 1977 11. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells) Songs From The Wood 1977 12. Aquafugue (Aqualung) Aqualung 1971
Vinyl Gatefold Release – Tracklisting:-
Side 1 1. In The Past (Living In The Past) Stand Up 1969 2. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman/Reasons For Waiting) Stand Up/Benefit 1969/70 3. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle) Warchild 1974 4. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells) Songs From The Wood 1977 Side 2 1. Farm, The Fourway (Farm On The Freeway) Crest of A Knave 1987 2. We Used To Bach (We Used to Know/Bach Prelude C Major) Stand Up 1969 3. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green) Songs From The Wood 1977 4. Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song) Living In The Past 1971 Side 3 1. Loco (Locomotive Breath) Aqualung 1971 2. Only The Giving (Wond’ring Aloud) Aqualung 1971 3. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood/Heavy Horses) (Album title tracks) 1977/78 4. Aquafugue (Aqualung) Aqualung 1971
Pictorial printed art.
Genre: Classical, Classical Cross-over – Album Formats: CD; 2LP, Digital
FORMAT CAT. NO. BARCODE
CD 538257472 4050538257472
2LP 538257530 4050538257533
Notes to Editors:
The album was recorded in the crypt of Worcester Cathedral and in St Kenelm’s Church, Sapperton, Gloucestershire
All tracks performed by The Carducci Quartet, with additional performances as follows:
Living In The Past Ian Anderson, flute. Sossity, You’re A Woman/Reasons For Waiting Ian Anderson, flute & vocals. John O’Hara Piano. Bungle In The Jungle Ian Anderson, flute. We Used To Know/Bach Prelude Flute Ian Anderson, flute & vocals. Farm On The Freeway Ian Anderson, flute. Songs From The Wood/Heavy Horses Carducci Quartet alone. Wond’ring Aloud Ian Anderson, guitar & vocals. Loco Breath Ian Anderson, flute. A Christmas Song Ian Anderson, flute, mandolin & vocals. Velvet Gold Carducci Quartet alone. Ring Out, Solstice Bells Ian Anderson, flute and vocals. Aquafugue Ian Anderson, flute & vocals. John O’Hara, Celeste & Piano.
Recording Engineer: John O’Hara.
Mixed by John O’Hara and Ian Anderson.
Produced by Ian Anderson for Calliandra Productions.
Mastered By Nick Watson at Fluid Mastering, London
All tracks* based on original songs written by Ian Anderson,
with additional material composed and orchestrated by John O’Hara
*Aqualung lyrics by Jennie Franks.
Prelude in C Major, J. S. Bach with development by Ian Anderson
THE CARDUCCI QUARTET
Winners of international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition, this Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. The Carducci Quartet are highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, the Carducci Quartet is regularly invited to perform new works.
Ian Anderson talking about this project:
February 27, 2015
Progressive Rock pioneer Ian Anderson has announced 6 dates of a 2015 UK tour, titled ‘Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera’. The shows will take place in September, with tickets on general sale from 9th March.
‘Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera’ honours that 18th Century English agriculturalist after which the band was named back in 1968.
The shows tell the story of the original Jethro Tull’s life, reimagined as if in the near future and illustrated with Anderson’s best-known material from the repertoire of the rock band Jethro Tull.
The set list will include many songs that Anderson found to be natural parallels with Tull’s life story: Wind Up, Heavy Horses, Aqualung, Back to the Family, Farm on the Freeway and Songs from the Wood to name a few. Some songs have been incorporated with slightly revised lyrics and five newly written songs have also been added to the mix.
Performing with Ian Anderson will be David Goodier on bass, John O’Hara on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar, Scott Hammond on drums plus some ‘virtual guests’ on a big HD video screen.
Anderson explains: “Instead of spoken introductions to the songs in the show, there will be the use of that operatic device, the “recitative”, where the links are made by short sung vocal segments in a usually-simple musical backdrop, making it a little easier and more entertaining for non-English-speaking audiences.”
Full Dates are:
DATE CITY VENUE BOX OFFICE
8th Basingstoke Anvil 01256 84424
10th London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000
11th Birmingham Symphony Hall 0121 345 0493
12th York Barbican 0844 854 2757
13th Gateshead Sage Theatre 0191 443 4661
14th Salford Lowry Theatre 0843 208 6000
Tickets are priced £28 and £32, except in Birmingham £27.50-£32.50. Doors open at 18:30. There is no support. Show starts at 19:30, with a brief interval at 20:30, and ends at 22:00.
March 6, 2014
Legendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson has announced the imminent release of new studio album Homo Erraticus. The record will be out on 14th April on the artist’s own label imprint Calliandra Records in conjunction with Kscope, to coincide with Anderson’s 2014 UK tour.
In 1972 Jethro Tull released iconic concept album Thick As A Brick, based on a poem by child prodigy Gerald Bostock; in 2012, as fans wondered what happened to Bostock, Ian Anderson explored the different paths his life might have taken in Thick As A Brick 2. With Homo Erraticus enfant prodigy Gerald is back for real.
Following a 40 years’ political career, Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. ‘Homo Erraticus’ marks his return to songwriting, and it’s based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928).
In Homo Erraticus Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future; visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper and even Prince Albert.
Track listing is:
PART ONE: CHRONICLES
Chapter 1 Doggerland
Chapter 2 Heavy Metals
Chapter 3 Enter The Uninvited
Chapter 4 Puer Ferox Adventus (Wild Child Coming)
Chapter 5 Meliora Sequamur (Let Us Follow Better Things)
Chapter 6 The Turnpike Inn
Chapter 7 The Engineer
Chapter 8 The Pax Britannica
PART TWO: PROPHECIES
Chapter 9 Tripudium Ad Bellum (Instrumental)
Chapter 10 After These Wars
Chapter 11 New Blood, Old Veins
PART THREE: REVELATIONS
Chapter 12 In For A Pound
Chapter 13 The Browning of the Green
Chapter 14 Per Errationes Ad Astra
Chapter 15 Cold Dead Reckoning
The album release will be followed by an extensive UK tour, where Homo Erraticus will be performed in its entirety followed by a selection of Tull classics updated with video and theatrics.
Tour Dates are:
Date City Venue Box Office Ticket Price APRIL 28th Brighton Dome 01273 709 709 £26 + £30 29th Southampton Guildhall 023 8063 2601 £26 + £30 MAY 01st Salisbury City Hall 01722 434 434 £26 + £30 02nd Liverpool Philharmonic 0151 709 3789 £26 + £30 03rd Birmingham Symphony Hall 0121 345 0600 £27.50 + £32.50 04th Oxford New Theatre 0844 871 3020 £28 + £32 06th Bristol Colston Hall 0844 887 1500 £28 + £32 07th High Wycombe Swan Theatre 01494 512 000 £28 + £32 08th Guildford G Live 0844 7701 797 £28 + £32 09th Cambridge Corn Exchange 01223 357 851 £26 + £30 10th Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433 100 £26 + £30 11th Leicester De Montfort Hall 0116 233 3111 £26 + £30 13th Derby Assembly Rooms 01332 255 800 £26 + £30 14th Manchester Palace Theatre 0844 871 3019 £28 + £32 15th York Royal Opera House 0844 871 3024 £28 + £32 16th Gateshead Sage Theatre 0191 443 4661 £26 + £30 18th Edinburgh Festival Theatre 0131 529 6000 £26 + £30 19th Perth Concert Hall 01738 621 031 £26 + £30 20th Aberdeen Music Hall 01224 632 080 £26 + £30 21st Inverness Eden Court 01463 234 234 £26 + £30 24th London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000 £28 + £32 25th London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000 £28 + £32
Tickets – online booking: www.gigantic.com/artist/ian-anderson or from venue box offices. Tickets are subject to booking fee. Ian Anderson will be onstage at 7.30pm. There is no support.
Ian Anderson recently won The Prog God Award from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.
Fronting seminal Prog outfit Jethro Tull and as a solo artist, Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years; he is widely considered an icon of the genre and he’s recognized as the one who introduced the flute to rock music. With over 60 million albums sold in their career, Tull have been characterized by Anderson’s trademark acoustic textures, created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In his most recent solo shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the genre.
August 13, 2013
Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson will be touring the UK for a month, starting from Brighton on 28th April 2014.
The prog pioneer will be honoured this year with the Prog God Award, celebrating the innovators of rock.
January 28, 2013
After the enormous success of his 2012 UK tour, Ian Anderson is back for a very special one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall on 30th June; Thick as a Brick returns ‘home’ to the prestigious London venue after 41 years since it was first performed there. The gig is part of an extensive world tour taking the Jethro Tull’ icon to Europe, USA, Japan and South America; This will be the only production Thick As A Brick UK date in 2013 and tickets are expected to go fast.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 1st February at 9.00am. Ticket prices are £30 and £35 for Circle, £42.50 Front Circle, £47.50 for Arena floor, stalls and second tier – £55 for Boxes and there are 30 special VIP Arena Floor tickets available at £150 each. www.royalalberthall.com Box Office – 0207 589 8212. Online bookings fromwww.ticketline.co.uk, credit card bookings 0844 888 9991. Doors open at 6.45pm and show time will be 7.30pm.
Ian Anderson says “So – bugger me, but it’s back to the Albert for a recreation of the 1972 performance. If only Victoria could be there too. She might have rather liked it. In a funny sort of way. I might try to get a few guests in too if they are not washing their hair. But I will have shampoo at the ready and a hot Fray Bentos pie at backstage catering. That might do it. At least I get to sleep in my own bed afterwards.
Hope to see you there. Bostock rules. Kiss, kiss.” Brick’ show is a two part Prog bonanza where Anderson and his band will be performing his Jethro Tull’ 1972 classic in its entirety, followed by recent material from its 2012′ sequel. Both albums will be performed as recorded, seamless 55 minutes long tracks with a 20 minute intermission. Video projections and theatrical elements will offer a sumptuous background for this unforgettable milestone in the history of rock.
‘Thick as a Brick’ was a concept album based on a poem written by fictitious 10 year old boy Gerald Bostock, behind which hides Anderson himself. ‘Thick as a Brick 2’ was written and released by Anderson as a celebration of the original’s 40th anniversary, and examines the possible different paths that the precocious young schoolboy might have taken later in life; alter-ego characters are used to illustrate the infinite potential twists and turns of fate and opportunity.
Anderson has been leading Jethro Tull for 44 years; they toured 54 countries worldwide and recorded 30 studio albums, selling over 60 million albums in their career. Widely recognised as the man who introduced the flute to rock music, Ian also plays ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments, providing the acoustic textures which have been an integral part of most of the Tull repertoire and his solo material. In his most recent solo concerts, Ian has been accompanied by orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists; his eclectic acoustic shows are also a hit with fans of the genre.
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