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Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands
gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common
love of Blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a
small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. The breakthrough
came when they were offered the Thursday night residency at London’s famous Marquee Club in
Wardour Street, Soho.
The early Jethro Tull released their first Blues-oriented album, This Was, in the latter part of 1968 before
moving on to more home-grown and eclectic efforts in 1969 with Stand Up and a flutter of single releases,
including Living In The Past, in the UK market.
Benefit, Aqualung, and Thick As A Brick followed and the band’s success grew internationally. Various
band members came and went, but the charismatic front man and composer, flautist and singer Ian
Anderson continued, as he does to this day, to lead the group through its various musical incarnations.
Jethro Tull were, by the mid-seventies, one of the most successful live performing acts on the world stage, rivalling Zeppelin, Elton John and even the Rolling Stones. Surprising, really, for a group whose more sophisticated and evolved stylistic extravagance was far from the Pop and Rock norm of that era.
With now some 30-odd albums to their credit and sales totalling more than 50 million, the apparently
uncommercial Tull have continued over the next three decades to travel near and far to fans across the
After forty years at the bottom, at the top and various points in between, Tull are still performing typically
more than a hundred concerts each year. Ian Anderson and Martin Barre remain at the centre of a group
of sometimes changing but highly capable – indeed excellent – musicians. Currently, Doane Perry,
veteran Tull drummer of some 24 years experience, together with John O’Hara on piano and accordion,
and David Goodier on bass guitar are to be found in the line-up, delighting audiences and continuing the
legacy of Tull’s music with its rich variety and depth of expression wherever fans, young and old, want to
hear Rock, Folk, Jazz and Classical-inspired music for grown-ups.www.j-tull.com