I guess this is a question/comment, really. Obviously on Tull's 1st album, there was no acoustic guitar. The, on "Stand Up" Ian plays a lot of beautiful acoustic guitar and has done so ever since. Just wondering when he first took the instrument up and what experiences were there prior to "Stand Up". We all know his story of seeing a flute in a windo when he was 20(?), practicing a few months and learning it. But I've always found his ac. gui. playing to be extraordinary and was just wond'ing aloud....his history with it. Anyone? Thanx!!!!!!!!
Isn't it amazing, that on top of all his other skills, ian has the talent and found the time to be the boy Joni Mitchell of acoustic guitar? His guitar playing has always impressed me...on Brick and Minstrel, especially, he reaches Richard Thompson level skill.
Agreed, Steel. But does any one know his history w/ the ac. guitar, Self-taught? When did he start, etc?
Trawling through my Tull books I found the following info. IA's father bought him his first "real" guitar when he was eleven. In 1963 and now living in Blackpool, IA met Jeffrey Hammond and John Evans and they formed a trio called The Blades. IA on vocals and guitar, JH on bass and JE on drums. After a while they enlisted Michael Stephens from The Atlantics who was also a guitar player. Barrie Barlow joined The Blades on drums in 1964 with JE now playing keyboards.
So I guess you could say IA was self taught. As for influences there's possibly a link with Roy Harper who he's always admired but the folk style guitar he plays was "all the rage" at the fag end of the sixties so I reckon he just "absorbed" the styles that he heard at any given time.
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May 15, 2022 8:39:21 GMT
jackinthegreen: Cheers MD, I can only see the link from the "Home" page, but disappears when looking at threads etc, so find if I open it up in a new window it then plays constantly
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jackinthegreen: So I have it bookmarked to open at any time....nice in the background if reading on t'internet
May 15, 2022 13:31:36 GMT
jackinthegreen: Did anyone on the forum see Tull at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester in September.....
May 19, 2022 1:10:39 GMT
smint100: Good Lord, why did no one tell me about the radio.net! I've spent a joyful afternoon in the garden watching the strawberries ripen - I mean, editing a book - and listening to unadulterated Tull. Heaven!
May 21, 2022 14:56:50 GMT
ash: Is anyone aware of a recent statement from Ian saying he doesn't have COPD and it's only asthma? Just asking
Jun 1, 2022 9:21:29 GMT
rredmond: I thought it was both?
Jun 4, 2022 19:34:53 GMT
ash: One can be mistaken for the other because of similar symptoms but COPD is the nasty one! I'm talking an updated statement from Ian early this year.
Jun 5, 2022 9:16:48 GMT
nonrabbit: Sounds joyous smint100 - all round!
Jun 13, 2022 17:15:56 GMT
marshall: Hello, I was at the concert at De Montfort Hall in September along with a number of other shows. I try to get to as many as possible in the UK.
Jun 21, 2022 9:54:11 GMT
jackinthegreen: Thank-you marshall I travelled down from Scotland for the Marillion Weekend there, great venue isn't it! It was standing downstairs, I guess the Tull gig was all seated....did they sell out? Please join in on the forum threads! Cheers
Jun 22, 2022 10:23:28 GMT
marshall: I live in Cumbria and I had booked for the Glasgow show which was,of course, cancelled.
Jun 23, 2022 12:39:45 GMT
marshall: No need to thank me by the way. I was a member of this Forum some year's ago but I forgot my log in details. I will do my best to contribute. I have been a Full can since the early singles and I have some fabulous memories as well as tales to tell.
Jun 23, 2022 12:43:14 GMT
jackinthegreen: In that case welcome back marshall. I am a Full can too....if that's rhyming slang for Tull fan
Jun 24, 2022 20:23:29 GMT
jackinthegreen: I think you may have been neilstcleve
Jun 26, 2022 7:52:47 GMT
steelmonkey: My new. secret, self identity: Full Can. California Cockney rhyming slang? Why not?
Jun 27, 2022 1:50:44 GMT
ash: "California Cockney rhyming slang? Why not?" Many reasons if your family has Cockney routes
Jul 3, 2022 12:04:52 GMT
steelmonkey: People my age learned of it and some of it from 'A Clockwork Orange', way back when.
Jul 4, 2022 2:05:35 GMT
steelmonkey: And I was taught that Tull members and crew called us civilian fans 'Billies' for Billy Bunter = Punter.
Jul 4, 2022 2:06:56 GMT
ash: My granddad would use Cockney rhyming slang now and then, more so if he was having a Darby. I will let him off seeing as he was born about half a mile from St Mary-le-Bow church.
Jul 4, 2022 7:41:40 GMT