IAN ANDERSON’S GUEST APPEARANCES
On this page you will find a reguarly updated list of Ian Anderson’s current musical collaborations.
HEATHER FINDLAY – WINNER
A huge pleasure to perform on Heather Findlay’s new album. Prog-Folk homegrown music from one of the UK’s most established and accomplished female vocalists of our time.
Omar Pedrini – Angelo Ribelle
Ian guests on “Angelo Ribelle” a piece from Omar Pedrini’s album “Come Se Non Ci Fosse Un Domani” (As if there would be no tomorrow).
Tim Bowness – Distant Summers
Ian guests on Tim Bowness’ ‘Distant Summers’ taken from his album ‘Lost In The Ghost Light’. Featuring some stunning solos and harmonically rich compositions, ‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ is a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional ‘classic’ Rock musician in the twilight of his career.
Helen Andrews – Behind The Glass
Singer/songwriter Helen Andrews was one of the musical guests at my ‘Rubbing Elbows’ show at Fareham in 2003, when we played ‘You And The Summer’ from her debut solo album ‘Wishing For The Moon’.
Back in 2003 I wrote: “Helen Andrews is one of those rare music biz commodities – the voice of an angel and not yet signed to a major record company. Which is just as well, as Helen is a maturing young career artist – not another instant love ’em and leave ’em one hit wonder which the world can do without. She weaves an autobiographical spell of sensitive, sensual mystery – is this the stuff of personal experience or creative, wishful fantasy? – who knows, but who cares? In hearing, lies the taking. Her gift to you. Grab it while you can.”
Helen took some time-out from her musical career but is now back with “Circling Highs, Unravelling Lows”, released in Spring 2016, and I was delighted to contribute flute to its opening track ‘Behind The Glass’.
Manar were the only band in Iceland (in the 70’s) that played the full Aqualung album for dancing Icelanders at the “sveitaböll” or countryside balls, which are held all over rural Iceland to celebrate occasions like réttir, the fall sheep round-ups, and thorrablót, when everyone gathers in the dead of winter to gobble up traditional foods like soured ram testicles and rotten shark.
Ian guests on this piece, titled ‘Laekurinn’.
Tiles – Midwinter
Detroit-based prog-rockers TILES have released their new 2-CD concept album “Pretending 2 Run” – which features Jethro Tull flautist Ian Anderson on the song “Midwinter”.
Produced by Terry Brown (Rush), “Pretending 2 Run” is an ambitious and richly crafted song cycle that spins the tale of a man blindsided and disillusioned by betrayal. Brooding and expressive, the band explores the dark subject matter by blending stylistically diverse musical elements.
TILES guitarist Chris Herin relates: “Ian has kindly helped us in the past with several promotional quotes beginning with our third album ‘Presents of Mind’. Over the years we floated the idea of him making a guest appearance and eventually the timing was right. We sent Ian a moody atmospheric tune and he wove some cool melodies in between vocal phrases; then cuts loose with his trademark flute improvising during the song’s long ride out solo. I think I listened to it ten times to make sure it really happened – what a thrill for us and what a generous gesture from an icon of progressive rock!”
‘Rubbing elbows’ with Ian on “Pretending 2 Run” is an impressive list of additional guest collaborators including Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson Band), Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), alternative violinist Joe Deninzon, and many other notable musicians.
Hear Ian on ‘Midwinter’ streaming below.