Becca Glanville of Exeter Catherdal contacted me to ask me to pass on the following info as far and as wide as I could.
I know that many may have read previous postings on this subject but it allows me to provide my bit of christmas cheer a little early this season.
Ian Anderson plays the Christmas Jethro Tull
A special one-off performance of Ian Anderson's Christmas show will be held at Exeter Cathedral on 22nd December 2009.
This will be his only Christmas show performed in the UK this year and will feature various Christmas and ecclesiastical songs, new material specially wri...tten for this tour, as well as several Jethro Tull classics. All proceeds from this event are going to Exeter Cathedral's Third Millennium Campaign.
Tickets are £25 and avaliable from www.exetertickets.co.uk or Tel: 01392 493493 A small number of £20 tickets are avaliable from the Cathedral Shop, Tel: 01392 271354
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Martin Webb has kindly sent me the set list for Exeter.
Dun Ringill Skating Away Jack-In-The-Green We 5 Kings Set-Aside A Christmas Song Reading from Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Marmion’ by IA [accompanied by John O’Hara on keyboards] Holly Herald Another Christmas Song Reading of Luci Shaw’s ‘It Is As If Infancy Were The Whole Of Incarnation’ by The Very Reverend Jonathan Meyrick Pastime With Good Company Bourée
Birthday Card At Christmas Andantino Prayer - read by The Very Reverend Jonathan Meyrick O Little Town Of Bethlehem [congregational carol] A Change Of Horses God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Aqualung (orchestral arrangement) Locomotive Breath
Steel & Tommie - you'll be in trouble when you get to the Pearly Gates
Anyway, this is part of an article in one of the local Exeter papers
We were treated to an amazing example of something lasting well in the Cathedral just before Christmas. Do you remember Jethro Tull? And Ian Anderson’s impish flute playing as his band rocked? He came with his present band to perform the Christmas Jethro Tull in the Cathedral, and forty years on the impishness and the mix of swooping flute playing with rock, jazz, folk and even Christmas carol tunes are just the same. He can even still do the flute playing whilst standing on one leg – I can hardly stand on one foot to get my socks on!
It was a terrific concert, and Jethro Tull is certainly still lasting. What is it about Christmas that should last beyond the day itself? The desire for world-wide peace and goodwill which the angels proclaim to the shepherds as they sing in spontaneous delight at the news of Jesus’ birth? The taking time to rejoice with those we love and delight in their company?
I went to the Exeter cathedral concert last week with my dad. It was excellent and the venue was just spectacular. I didn't realise how big the cathedral was until i got there. Both sets were great, i think it could've done without 'Birthday Card at Christmas' as Ian was struggling a bit to sing it, this could have been because he was suffering from a sore throat and cough though. Eventhough he was ill on the night he still performed incredibly well.
As for the new songs, not sure why Ian left out 'Tea with the Princess', i prefer 'A Change of Horses' which they played wonderfully.
I nearly didn't make it to the concert as the weather where i live was treacherous with very heavy snow blizzards. Fortunately once we'd got out of the Manchester area the weather was fine with no snow on the roads.
The line up for the night was- IA Florian Opahle David Goodier John O'Hara Mark Mondesir
After traveling over 500 miles and taking 13 hours getting there and back it was well worth the trip and if they happen to play that venue again next year for their christmas concert then i will deffinately go to it.
Oh and i got to see the buskers that are in the video that nonrabbit posted, they sounded pretty good.
If i've missed anything out that anyone would like to know then just ask.
TAKE a load of Christmas carols and give them snazzy time signatures, a jazz groove or a folk-rock twist and you get an unusual, exciting alternative to the traditional carol service.
Throw in the cavernous resplendence of Exeter cathedral and the odd dramatic spotlight and you get an atmospheric backdrop against which a crop of talented, world class musicians can fabulously fuse medieval, jazz, classical, Spanish, folk, rock and Indian styles.
Add to this the showmanship and distinctive, manic-mouthed, funky flute playing of one of prog rock's most colourful characters, Ian Anderson, and you get a thoroughly unique evening's entertainment for the Winter Solstice.
Even the clergy, with their sparkling bling-tastic dog collars and daft dancing bearing aloft the collection plate, added to the novel nature of this unique concert.
SKATING AWAY AT EXETER CATHEDRAL Tuesday 22nd December 2009 By Bill Lynas & Steve Parkhouse
On Friday 3rd March 1972 Jethro Tull played in the historic city of Exeter in Devon, and after a brief absence of thirty-seven years (!) Ian Anderson returned there for a second gig to a 900 strong audience. Maybe his sat-nav needs an upgrade. Steve thoughtfully welcomed him back to Exeter with a brief word during the interval. This time the theme was a winter/Christmas concert and the venue was Exeter Cathedral. Ian was joined by John O’Hara, David Goodier, Florian Opahle from Munich and drummer Mark Mondesir.
So how different was this to the usual rock concert that Tull provide? Firstly it was great to hear acoustic numbers such as Dun Rungill (with atmospheric weather sound effects) & a simple & effective rendition of Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of A New Day.
Seasonal flavour was supplied in abundance with songs including, A Christmas Song, and of course Another Christmas Song. Ian joked about his superb choice of song titles for these tracks. Favourite track of the night for Steve was the flamenco instrumental Andantino played by Florian Opahle. Bill’s favourites (much to his own surprise and Steve’s other favourites) were the largely instrumental reworkings of Aqualung and Locomotive Breath. After numerous hearings at many previous Tull gigs it was amazing to hear Ian Anderson reboot these songs much like Daniel Craig rebooted the James Bond franchise.
Ian supplied many moments of amusing chat between songs, although it felt he was perhaps limiting any bad language more than usual in deference to the venue. But where else can you see a member of the church dancing up the aisle taking the collection while Tull supplied the music? You don’t see that every day!! In the second half the audience also warmed up and got into the spirit of the concert by singing the Christmas carol “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” A thoroughly enjoyable concert enjoyed by all.
Proceeds for the concert were in aid of the Exeter Cathedral Millennium Campaign. Perhaps Ian would consider releasing a limited number of CDs of the concert through one of the many fan club organisations with the proceeds also in aid of the Cathedral Fund. Time to close now. Writing this article was thirsty work. Hey, Santa! Pass us that bottle will you?
SET LIST (Thanks to Martin Webb):
Part 1: DunRungill/Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of A New Day/Jack-In-The-Green/We Five Kings/Set –Aside/A Chrsitmas Song/Reading from Sir Walter Scott’s Marmion by Ian Anderson accompanied by John O’Hara on keyboards/Holly Herald/Another Christmas Song/Reading of Luci Shaw’s It Is As If Infancy Were The Whole Of Incarnation by The Very Reverend Jonathan Meyrick/Pastime With Good Company (King Henry’s Madrigal)/Bouree
Part 2: Birthday Card At Christmas/Andantino (renamed Andantino Noel by Ian Anderson)/Prayer read by The Very Reverend Jonathan Meyrick/O Little Town Of Bethlehem (congregational carol)/A Change Of Horses/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Aqualung (orchestral arrangement)/ Locomotive Breath
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Better late than never, a brief interview with Ian from This Is North Devon.com just before the Exeter gig (I only just found it!!)
ROSANNA ROTHERY talks to charismatic Jethro Tull frontman, Ian Anderson, and discovers there's more than a hint of humour in the musings of the musician who is famous for frenzied ethnic flute and wild whistle playing. THE man who introduced manic-mouthed funky flute playing to rock music is talking about what promises to be a magical Christmas concert in Devon's only Anglican cathedral this December. Ian Anderson plays the Christmas Jethro Tull is a fundraiser for Exeter Cathedral and, for fans of the band, it's a one-off opportunity to hear the them play on Devon soil in a glorious historical setting. Ring Out Solstice Bells is the big Tull hit you'll often hear included in seasonal compilation albums but what you may not know is the band have a whole album of Christmas songs (it comes highly recommended if you are a sip sloe gin and munch mince pies in front of a rustic log fire type of person). The concert in the cathedral on Tuesday, December 22 at 7.30pm includes classic Tull hits, Christmas and ecclesiastical songs "slightly jazzed up with a degree of improvisation" and new songs written for a nine-date Christmas themed tour. "It's in the spirit of Christmas," says Anderson. "It's invitational. I hope the people coming to see the concert are people who are not normally in Exeter cathedral for a normal Sunday worship. I hope people will come in and say this is a really nice place and a place worth preserving." As it happens he has quite a bit to say on the subject of Christmas.
"Really Christmas is the Winter Solstice. It's a time that was imprinted on our genes long before the time of Jesus Christ and his disciples. In a broader sense it's a genetic and spiritual affair but it's not just about Christianity. Yet, Christianity is the fundamental gathering point at which we come together at Christmas. Luckily, Christianity is a welcoming religion. It will allow the unbeliever and the infidel through its doors and that's a good thing." Anderson describes himself as "an interloper in a Christian world" and, should you remember the extrovert front man from the 1970s (look at him performing Aqualung on YouTube), it's perhaps hard to imagine him letting rip in an ecclesiastical setting. Will he curb his exuberance a little? "I'm an angry type of guy and I can sometimes be a bit of a potty mouth and say words that shouldn't be spoken in such a context."
He's now at an age, though, when conforming isn't out of the question. "I can occasionally bring myself to be among other people and fit in and not have to be controversial, aggressive and angry," he says with humour. On stage, Anderson looks like one of those people who are naturally extrovert and totally confident. Yet he's quick to point out we are all multifaceted — all of us have the ability to come out of shells occasionally. "We just don't choose to do it most of the time. I shan't be walking around Waitrose this morning singing loudly at the top of my voice or dancing down the aisle. I shall keep my head down, push my trolley in a humble and subservient fashion a few respectful metres behind my wife." His outrageous musical talent may appear 'natural' but, he'll have you know, he was up at 4am this morning to practise. He then reels off all the things he has to do today: interviews, shopping, meetings. Sometimes getting up early is the only way to fit in his flute playing. "I try and play everyday and I have quite a bit of music I need to learn, relearn and improve upon."
As a performer he is aware that people get different things out of music: some people have an emotional response to the notes themselves and some like the sound of the words. Other people are there just to tap their foot to the rhythm. "They don't want to be deflected from their comfort zone. My job as a musician and an entertainer is to push people from their comfort zone to maybe alien territory, yet at the end of it they are rather pleased they took a step beyond the familiar. "I think that's something I enjoy doing but I'm not going to do it mercilessly… I like to give people some of what they want and expect but I do have to push the boundaries a little bit here and there." He then has a sudden attack of honesty: but who says it's about making the audience happy anyway? "We are not doing it to make them happy we are doing it to make us happy. If the audience acknowledge that with a healthy cheer and an encore or a standing ovation at the end, that's an added bonus. That's the fairy light on the Christmas tree." Primarily, musicians should be out there for themselves to have a great time, he stresses. "If you are not really getting some big primeval ooze of satisfaction out of doing it, you shouldn't be doing it anyway. If all you are up there for is to please the audience and just go through the ritual then go and join Status Quo." He adds with a laugh: "No I didn't mean that — even I like Status Quo!"
● Tickets for Ian Anderson plays the Christmas Jethro Tull are £25 from Exeter Tickets at www.exetertickets.co.uk. Phone: 01392 493493. Exeter Phoenix also have £25 tickets to sell: 01392 667080. A small number of £20 tickets might still be available from the Cathedral shop. Phone: 01392 271354
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