Sunday, May 15, 2005
Sunday, May 08, 2005
Jethro Tull, Enmore - Review
Some people never got Jethro Tull. They didn't like Ian Anderson's singing, or the music was too eclectic and mannered.
Yet the recordings gave little indication of the live band: so much more taut; a beast of a completely different order of potency, theatricality and humour. Few who witnessed their performances, especially in the early days, were not converted.
Tull's biggest crime was to release about the most vilified album in rock history - A Passion Play - at the peak of their popularity. Once the derision began, the band swiftly became a scapegoat for all the excesses of '70s rock, a rage further amplified by the punk onslaught.
Yet Anderson, the flute-tooting, prancing singer, leader and songwriter, was not easily deterred, and he and Martin Barre, the ever-faithful electric guitarist, danced on down their off-beat path, albeit with many shifts in personnel.
This time - for the first time - a few cracks were showing in the not-so-heavy-metal armour. Anderson's voice was always a modest device: good at mockery, tenderness and flashes of other emotions, but never big on volume, range or holding a note. Now, unless he was flu-affected, it is only a ghost of its former self, and some of the songs seemed to be crying out for key changes to give him a leg up.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Fairport Convention Gig Review
IF, OVER the past 38 years, you haven’t quite managed to catch up with legendary folk rockers Fairport Convention (right), now’s your chance!
That’s because the band, who seem to thrive on a hectic touring schedule, take to the stage at The Hawth in Crawley on Wednesday.
In 2002, Fairport Convention won the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and their album Liege And Lief was voted ‘Best Folk Album Ever’ by Radio 2 listeners.
Wednesday’s gig features the five-piece line-up of Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie and Gerry Conway, and comes in the wake of their latest album release, Over The Next Hill – described by Mojo magazine as ‘simply their best album for 25 years’.
Ian Anderson Interview: The flute of his labours - Music - www.theage.com.au
Jethro Tull's tootling frontman Ian Anderson talks to Warwick McFadyen about rocking out with Hendrix, producing prog rock albums as a joke and risking deep vein thrombosis to tour Australia for the first time in almost 10 years.
'I was the Jimi Hendrix of the flute.' So says Ian Anderson, grand master of British band Jethro Tull. Anderson, songwriter, vocalist, flautist, guitarist, is recalling thedays in the late '60s when the band played support shows to Hendrix.
Maartin Allcock News
And musician Maartin Allcock will no doubt be paying a visit to his parents, who still live on Langley, before appearing at the Bury Met this Saturday.
Maartin - he started spelling his name with two 'a's after an Irish musician remarked on his north Manchester accent while introducing himself - plays lead guitar with one of his many bands, Blue Tapestry, at the Met this weekend.
A great friend of broadcaster, musician and comic Mike Harding, Maart was in the vanguard of the Harding-inspired re-introduction of the folk music scene to Middleton in the early 1970s, principally at the Ring o' Bells in St Leonard's Square.
Since those early days Maartin Allcock, now aged 48, was catapulted to the top of the music pile, becoming a member of folk icons Fairport Convention for 11 years, and later Jethro Tull, for four years.