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Home arrow News arrow Concert News arrow Ian Anderson/ Jethro Tull
Ian Anderson/ Jethro Tull Print E-mail
Written by RogorMortis   
Monday, 20 April 2009
Ian Anderson, known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull will be touring this October and November in the United States. Ian is inviting a number of guests from the jazz, classical, rock, and world music world to share the stage for this eclectic acoustic tour. Widely recognized as the man who introduced the flute to rock music, Ian Anderson remains the crowned exponent of the popular and rock genres of flute playing. In addition to classical flute, he also plays ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments, providing the acoustic textures, which are an integral part of most of the Jethro Tull repertoire.


When not touring with Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson appears more and more frequently in solo concerts with a variety of line-ups from the music world, including orchestral.

For the 2009 Ian Anderson Plays The Acoustic Jethro Tull [tour], his band includes jazz artists: bassist David Goodier (Jethro Tull) and Mark Mondasir (John McLaughlin). Classical musician John O'Hara, who also plays keyboards and accordion with Jethro Tull will be joining the line up, as will German Rock and Flamenco guitarist Florian Opahle. Ian will have a range of other guests on this tour.

As a solo artist, Ian Anderson has recorded four diverse solo albums in his career: Walk Into Light (1983), the flute instrumental Divinities (1995) which reached number one on the Billboard Classical chart, and the more recently recorded acoustic collections of songs, The Secret Language Of Birds (2000), and Rupi’s Dance (2003).

In 2006, he was awarded a Doctorate in Literature from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, the Ivor Award for International Achievement in Music and, in the New Years Honours List 2008, an MBE for services to music. In 2008 he celebrated 40 years as a recording and performing musician.

Ian Gives Cat the Finger

Ian Anderson is recovering from his recent finger drama.

The day before Jethro Tull's departure to Minsk, Belarus, Ian managed to break a finger while putting out a reluctant cat during the early hours of the morning. The tendon which controls that part of the finger was torn off the joint taking a small piece of bone with it. Technically known as Mallet Finger, the condition slowly mends after about 6 - 8 weeks in a specially designed plastic splint which has to be worn continuously for the first 6 weeks.

Having played the 6 shows in Belarus, Germany and Finland wearing a finger splint, Ian has adapted the G key of his flutes to allow fairly normal playing but the guitar remains difficult. Well, impossible, really. Some parts are playable with compromise using only two fingers in the left hand. Most are not. But Martin and John are covering most of the acoustic guitar parts for the next show in Spain in April as they did in Germany and Finland earlier this month. It's good to have friends.

" Business as usual," says the sign on Ian's dressing-room door.

Ian will remain splinted until the beginning of May. The cat may well remain splinted for longer....


OCT              
6     Milwaukee     Pabst Theater -
7     Chicago     Vic Theatre -
9     Schenectady, NY     Proctor's Theatre -
10     Worcester, MA     Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts -
11     Ledyard, CT     Foxwoods Resort - MGM Grand -
13     New York     Beacon Theatre -
15     Baltimore, MD     Lyric Opera House -
16     Glenside, PA     Keswick Theater -
17     Red Bank, NJ     Count Basie Theatre -
18     Wallingford, CT     Chevrolet Theatre - available soon
NOV            
3     Phoenix, AZ     Dodge Theatre -
5     Anaheim, CA     The Grove of Anaheim -
6     Los Angeles     The Wiltern -
9     San Francisco     The Warfield Theatre -
13     Portland, OR     Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - available soon
14     Seattle, WA     Moore Theatre -





   
Tour Dates

Here are the current, official dates for 2009. Please note we only list concert bookings that have been completely finalized with paperwork, details in place.

So far, Jethro Tull has scheduled many dates for Germany between March and August, an April show in Spain, two shows in Finland for March, Italy in July, and a few shows in Eastern Europe (including dates in Prague and Warsaw) between March and September. Tull will also be in Maryport, July 24th and Dorchester, UK July 25th. There are also Ian Anderson solo in London for May, an Ian Anderson England, and Ian Anderson USA tours this Fall.

  Ian Anderson - England
MAY            
3     London     Barbican
Flutewise Live event
Box office - 020 7638 8891 and www.barbican.org.uk
SEP         All Ian's September UK dates on sale from April 9th and subject to confirmation)
15     Peterborough     The Cresset 01733 265705
16     King's Lynn     Corn Exchange 01553 764864
17     Buxton     Opera House 0845 1272190
18     Bridlington     Spa Theatre 01262 678258
19     Lancaster     Grand Theatre 01524 64695
21     Yeovil     Octagon Theatre 01935 422 884
22     Cheltenham     Town Hall 0844 576 2210
23     Aylesbury     Civic Centre 01296 486009
24     Salisbury     City Hall 01722 434434
28     Tunbridge Wells     Assembley Hall 01892 530613
29     Worthing     Pavilion Theatre 01903 206206
  Ian Anderson - USA
OCT            
6     Milwaukee     Pabst Theater -
7     Chicago     Vic Theatre -
9     Schenectady, NY     Proctor's Theatre -
10     Worcester, MA     Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts -
11     Ledyard, CT     Foxwoods Resort - MGM Grand -
13     New York     Beacon Theatre -
15     Baltimore, MD     Lyric Opera House -
16     Glenside, PA     Keswick Theater -
17     Red Bank, NJ     Count Basie Theatre -
18     Wallingford, CT     Chevrolet Theatre - available soon
NOV            
3     Phoenix, AZ     Dodge Theatre -
5     Anaheim, CA     The Grove of Anaheim -
6     Los Angeles     The Wiltern -
9     San Francisco     The Warfield Theatre -
13     Portland, OR     Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - available soon
14     Seattle, WA     Moore Theatre -
 Jethro Tull in Germany, Eastern Europe, Finland, Italy, Norway, Holland, Armenia, Lebanon, and Spain
     

MAY            
16     Amersfoort, Holland (TBC)     Stadspart Schothorst, Highlands Festival -
22     Yerevan, Armenia     The Sport and Concert Complex, Tsitsernakaberd Park
31     Prague, Czech Republic     Congress Hall       get
JUN            
1     Prague, Czech Republic     Congress Hall       get
3     Oslo, Norway
    Sentrum Scene
4     Bergen, Norway     Grieghallen
6     Bodo, Norway (TBC)     Spektrum
11     Leipzig     Parkbühne (open air)
12     Klaffenbach     Wasserschloß (open air)
13     Magdeburg     Festung Mark (open air)
14     Rostock     IGA (open air)
25     Datteln     TBA
26     Hameln     Rattenfängerhalle
27     Osnabrück     Halle Gartlage (Open Air)
28     Bremen     Pier 2
JUL            
1     Sardinia, Italy
(Cagliari/Sardinia island)     Sarroch - Stadio Comunale - Sarroch Summer Groove
3     Udine, Italy
    Castello - Folkest
4     Bergamo, Italy     Lazzaretto (to be confirmed)
5     Todi, Italy
    Piazza del Popolo - Suoni da Todi
7     Sicily, Italy     Taormina - Teatro Antico
19     Beirut, Lebanon (TBC)     Byblos Festival (open air)
24     Maryport, Cumbria, UK     Maryport Blues Festival
25     ,Doncaster UK
    Doncaster Dome    get
AUG            
9     Shrewsbury, UK
    Memories of Woodstock Festival, Westmid Showground
12     München     Circus Krone
13     Ravensburg     Oberschwabenhalle
14     Schwetzingen     Schloß (open air)
15     Iffezheim (Baden Baden)     Rennplatz (open air)
16     Nürnberg     Serenadenhof (open air)
18     Köln     Tanzbrunnen (open air)
19     Rottweil
    Kraftwerk (open air)
20     Saarbrücken     E - Werk
21     Creuzburg     Burg (open air)
22     Paderborn     Schützenhof
23     Braunschweig     Volksbank BraWo Bühne (open air)
27     Riolo Terme (RA)     Parco Fluviale - Frogstock Festival
29     Brno, Czech Republic     Slavkov Castle (open air)
30     Bratislava, Slovakia     Bratislava Castle (open air)
SEP            
1     Warsaw, Poland     Sala Kongresowa
5     Farnham, Surrey UK     Weyfest The Rural Life Centre
6     Mosely Park (Birmingham) UK     Mosely Folk Festival
 
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