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Ian Anderson / Jethro Tull


Sunday 3 September 2017, The Pete Feenstra Feature, 20:00

Ian chats to Pete Feenstra about the Jethro Tull 50th anniversary

Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull features in our instrumental, progressive, and classic rock sequences.

Elder statesmen of rock maybe, but there seems no slowing down for Ian Anderson.

Ian Anderson M.B.E. started out musically in the early sixties in Blackpool and formed the first line-up of the Jethro Tull band in 1967. He has been the mainstay ever since.  The band’s album highpoint is generally perceived as “Aqualung”, released in 1971.

In spite of many line-up changes through the years, the band have retained their signature sound: a mixture of English folk, rock, blues and progressive. In the late eighties they even surfed the tide of popular taste and received a Grammy for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” for the album ‘ Crest Of A Knave’ (1987).

With a band famed for its longevity, inevitably there have been several key anniversary releases: in 1988 a boxed set “20 Years of Jethro Tull” included BBC sessions and outtakes whilst in 1993 the 25th Anniversary celebration came in the shape of a sumptuous cigar box.

Separately, Ian Anderson released his first solo album in 1983 ‘Into The Light’, a collaboration with Peter-John Vitesse who at that time was also keyboard player with Tull. In 1995 came ‘Divinities: Twelve Dances With God”, and later ‘The Secret Language of Birds’ (2000) and ‘Rupi’s Dance’ (2003).

A multi-instrumentalist, Anderson is best-known for his flute playing and almost single-handedly brought that instrument into a rock format, allied to his very visual approach which although easily parodied remains an iconic image of 1970’s rock music.

Broadcast history

Sunday 12 May 2017, 20:00 “The String Quartets”
Pete Feenstra chats to Ian Anderson about the new album with The Carducci Quartet
Sunday 11 May 2014, 16:00 “Life Is A Long Song” repeat
David Randall talks to Ian Anderson
Boxing Day, Thursday 26 December 2013, 16:00
Ian Anderson interview highlights
Sunday 21 July 2013, 18:00 repeat
Peter Ross talks to Ian Anderson
Sunday 14 July 2012, 21:00 (Monday 15 July, 16:00, Thursday 18 July 00:00 repeat )
Peter Ross talks to Ian Anderson
Sunday 25 March 2012, 18:00 “Life Is A Long Song” repeat
GRTR! Archive, Sunday 12 February 2012, 14:00 “Life Is A Long Song” repeat
GRTR! Archive, Saturday 5 November 2011 16:00 repeat
Ian Anderson chats to Pete Feenstra in September 2009.


Sunday, 28 August 2011 22:00 (Monday 29 August, Friday 2 September 22:00 repeat)
Ian Anderson chats to David Randall about his hatred of festivals and his forthcoming tour in the UK.


“Heroes”, Sunday June 12 2011, 18:00 repeat
“Heroes”, Sunday February 28 2011, 21:00 “Life Is A Long Song”
David Randall talks to Ian Anderson


IAN ANDERSON Life Is A Long Song/My God
from Ian Anderson Plays The Orchestral Jethro Tull (2005)
JETHRO TULL Living In The Past
from Live In Montreux 2003 (2007)
IAN ANDERSON In The Grip Of Stronger Stuff
from Divinities Twelve Dances With God (1995)
from 25th Anniversary Special Edition (1996)
from Walk Into Light (1983)

February 2010, Featured Artist


Jethro Tull website

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