Quite a few years ago, a friend and fellow Jethro Tull fan Mark Collins met a photographer by the name of Graham Page who informed Mark that he'd taken some photographs of the band at The Toby Jug in Tolworth, Surrey. Dave Rees of A New Day got onto the case and a set of black and white photographs were produced and at least a couple appeared in an early edition of the magazine.
With the help of modern technology, Mark is emailing me some of Graham Page's photographs of this quite historic event, taken as they were on 8 January 1969, one of Martin Barre's early appearances after joining the band.
All Tull photos on this thread Copyright Graham Page.
Photo #1, more to follow in due course.
The Toby Jug itself is now sadly gone - demolished in the frenzy of modernisation in that part of the world. I used to work in the area and used to drive past it on a regular basis and I think the site is now a Tesco store.
Yes wonderful stuff Graham. I remember when Dave R gave us a portal to see those pics through years ago. I do not remember those 2 shots of Ian though, particularly the one with the guitar might be the best of a very good lot. Interesting, to me anyway, to note that if this was January 8, and while I realize even in 1969 it was totally easy to get from the UK to Stockholm in one day, if that day is right it would be the day before their first shows on the continent, Jan 9 they were opening for Jimi Hendrix in Stockholm, one of the more highly regarded bootlegs, in large part because the sound was so good, may have been a radio broadcast. Oddly I know of no Tull bootleg, pretty much up to and including stuff recorded this year, that has better sound. Too bad there is not one as good for 71-4, though there are some excellent 75's.
Interesting, to me anyway, to note that if this was January 8, and while I realize even in 1969 it was totally easy to get from the UK to Stockholm in one day, if that day is right it would be the day before their first shows on the continent, Jan 9 they were opening for Jimi Hendrix in Stockholm, one of the more highly regarded bootlegs, in large part because the sound was so good, may have been a radio broadcast.
I wondered if the date was correct seeing the proximity of the Stockholm concert with Jimi but if you look on the wall behind Martin in the first picture you can see the word "JAN" on the poster and just below it what looks like "UDS" which is probably, but not definately, part of the word CLOUDS who were a Scottish band on the Chrysalis roster at the time and who played at the same kind of venues that IA & Co did in those far off days.
I can't find, at the moment, a gigography for Clouds but they've got a web site at
Thanks maddog for posting these historic early Tull photo's. They really are a treasure.
Cheers John. I am indebted to Mark Collins for locating them in his collection and mailing them to me and to Graham Page for taking the photos in the first place. I reckon there's probably two further ones left to complete the set.
My favourite of those that have been posted so far
Gorgeous and another classic Thanks for all your work John and Graham!!!!
Film makers for the first official Forum fun filled festivity?!!
Thank you very much Pat. It was a bit of a challenge, but we got there in the end. As it's been said many times before it's a labour of love. Still not happy with youtube for changing everyones channels to the New design though. www.youtube.com/user/Jethrotullforum?feature=mhee
And who comes here to wish me well? A sweetly-scented angel fell, She laid her head upon my disbelief, And bathed me with her ever-smile.
Thanks for this larger image Graham. ;D I love them on my monitor as a screensaver. Bigger Tull is Better Kudos to Graham Page! Found this on Flickr... The Toby Jug, Tolworth, Surrey - The building has now been knocked down. This was taken in 1993.
I used to live near Royal Windsor well Slough to be precise ;D and it used to tickle me when I would see and hear the "overseas tourists"(you know who I mean- "Gee Clint - I wonder why they built the castle right under the flight path") ;D some of them looking disappointed that it wasn't panning out to be like what they imagined - a disneyesque type merry England with Whisky Galore up north. Point being - they surely wouldn't have been disappointed in 1969 if they'd gone to the Toby Jug to watch Jethro Tull. Pure Dickensian atmosphere with either intentional or unintentional characters - they'd have loved it.
The Toby Jug (before the band comes on)
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steelmonkey: Would you like to hear a perfectly constructed, note,rhythm,lyrical and atmosphere piece of Tull perfection? Yes? Try 'Saboteur' on 'Under Wraps'. Flawless.
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