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Tour Date History
Tull Members present
Ian Anderson - Martin Barre - John O'Hara - David Goodier & James Duncan
Hmm, formal review eh? No pressure then!! Actually Tull were indeed on fine form on Monday night.
As advertised it wasn't a Tull gig but a service of carols and readings interspersed with acoustic numbers from Tull.
The evening kicked off with a welcome from Ian Anderson & Tull opening up with Weathercock and the unusual request
that we left the clapping to the end of the service. After another greeting, this time from the Rev'd George Pitcher
we were treated to the choir singing William Waltons What Cheer? Now choral music is not really my usual cup
of tea but the St Brides choir really are quite special. Rev'd George Pitcher then gave a brief reading before Tull returned for
A Christmas Song & Living In These Hard Times
which was followed by the first Hymn Silent Night with choir...and us! Ian Anderson then gave the second reading,
an excerpt from Walter Scotts Marmion accompanied by John O Hara on the organ and Tull then played Jack In The Green.
The Choir then sang a haunting In The Bleak Midwinter followed by Tull with Another Christmas Song.
Author & Journalist Gavin Esler gave the next reading, again accompanied by John O Hara.
Next up was the congregational carol O Come All Ye Faithful with the choir and I must note the fact that everyone joined
in and the congregation singing was very enthusiastic. Best selling Thriller writer, Stand Up comedian (and friend of Ian Anderson)
Mark Billingham gave the next reading accompanied by some lovely acoustic guitar playing from Martin Barre.
Tull then played A Winter Snowscape from The Christmas Album followed by the fifth reading from actor Andrew Lincoln.
Fires At Midnight came next and We Five Kings followed a short prayer from Canon David Meara we were treated to
one of the evenings many highlights, Jethro Tull playing Gaudete with the choir singing and, during the second part
of the song after a bit of encouragement from Ian Anderson...us singing too!
The evening ended with Tull's Christmas Album version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen with a blessing from
George Pitcher and then the traditional version of the song with again all heartily joining in and little teaser of
Thick As A Brick at the finish for a prefect finish to the night.
All in all a lovely evening, a unique performance from Tull with some rarely performed songs in a lovely setting
and all for a good cause too.
(Stolen from the The Jethro Tull Fan Form - Review by Col 'The Administrator')
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