Over 50 years on, Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull continue perform some 70 to 100 shows each year around the world. Anderson’s energy and enthusiasm for his music still makes Jethro Tull concerts an experience to savour.
All profits from the screening will go to EACH – East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. EACH were also the beneficiaries of the original tribute concert.
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 by John O’Hara for the Carducci string quartet with the flute, guitar and vocals of songwriter and producer IAN ANDERSON, it will be released on 24th March 2017 by BMG.
Speaking of drawing parallels, paying homage to the original Jethro Tull by way of a Rock Opera is possibly Ian’s greatest innovation for many a year but it goes without saying that whatever brilliance Jethro Tull contributed to Agriculture Ian Anderson has contributed over and above to the Music Industry and I would hope that someday, many years from now some virtuoso will award him the same honour..
As I approached the Prog stage about 15 minutes before Ian Anderson was scheduled to perform, an eager audience had already started to assemble creating the biggest crowd the stage had seen so far that day. Following hours of rain, it had dried up at last and we dared to hope it would stay that way.
Arriving at the Ramblin Man Fair on Sunday with three young children in tow amidst heavy downpours, I have to confess my spirits were not high and I envisaged a total washout as dreams of us sitting on picnic blankets, sun beating down, listening to some great tunes quickly evaporated.
Trying to grasp and indeed convey the essence of Jethro Tull is a difficult task which I’m not sure has been successfully accomplished in full biographies on the band, and is certainly impossible in few short paragraphs. Jethro Tull first broke onto the music scene in 1967. The late 60s were a time, which, in my opinion was the most exciting and revolutionary in music history.