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Ian Scott Anderson (born August 10, 1947) is a Scottish-born British musician, singer, and songwriter, known for his work as a vocalist, flute player, and acoustic guitarist for the British rock band Jethro Tull. Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist who plays keyboards, bass, bouzouki, balalaika, saxophone, harmonica, and a variety of whistles. His solo work began with the 1983 album Walk into Light, and he has since released five other works, including the sequel to Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick album (1972) in 2012, titled Thick as a Brick 2.


He is 72 years old.

Early life

Ian Anderson was born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, the youngest of three brothers. Her father, James Anderson, ran the RSA Boiler Fluid Company in East Port, Dunfermline  Anderson spent the first part of his childhood in Edinburgh. He was influenced by his father’s big band and jazz records and the rise of rock music, but was disenchanted with the “show biz” style of early American rock and roll stars like Elvis Presley.  His family moved to Blackpool, Lancashire, England in 1959, where he was educated at the Blackpool Grammar School. In a 2011 interview, Anderson said he was asked to drop out of elementary school for refusing to undergo corporal punishment (allowed at the time). He studied fine art at the Blackpool College of Art from 1964 to 1966 while living at Lytham St Annes.

Wife & Children

Wife: Shona Learoyd, Jennie Franks

Children: Gael Anderson, James Duncan Anderson


As a teenager, Anderson took a job as a sales assistant at Lewis’ department store in Blackpool, and then as a salesperson at a newsstand. In 1963, he formed The Blades among school friends: Michael Stephens (guitar), John Evan (keyboards), Jeffrey Hammond (bass), and Barriemore Barlow (drums). This was a soul and blues band, with Anderson on vocals and harmonica; I still had to play the flute. They played their first show at the Holy Family Church Hall on the North Shore.  In late 1967 Anderson still had a daily job, namely cleaning the Ritz cinema in Luton, including the toilets, in the mornings, “which took half the day,” he said in a later interview. He took an old, splintered urinal from the movie theater warehouse and had it for a while after leaving work. However, it was not the urinal that “was bolted next to John Evan’s Hammond organ on stage” and was featured in Tull’s performances in the early 1970s

At this time, Anderson abandoned his ambition to play the electric guitar, supposedly because he felt he would never be “as good as Eric Clapton”. As he himself tells it in the introduction to the video Nothing Is Easy: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970, he exchanged his electric guitar for a flute that, after a few weeks of practice, he discovered that he could play quite well on a rock and blues style . According to the sleeve notes for Tull’s first album, This Was (1968), he had been playing the flute for only a few months when the album was recorded. His guitar practice was not wasted either, as he continued to play the acoustic guitar, using it as a melodic and rhythmic instrument. As his career progressed, he added soprano saxophone, mandolin, keyboards, and other instruments to his arsenal. His tendency to stand on one leg while playing the flute arose by accident, as he had been inclined to stand on one leg while playing the harmonica, keeping the microphone stand in balance. Anderson was known for his famous one-legged flute posture, and was once called “deranged flamenco”.  This stance is found on many Jethro Tull album covers. During a long stint at the Marquee Club, he was mistakenly described by a journalist as standing on one leg to play the flute, when he was actually playing the harmonica on one leg. He decided to live up to the reputation, albeit with some difficulty. His first attempts are visible in Jethro Tull’s The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1968). This was mentioned in Thick as a Brick’s funny notes in a quote about “one-legged pop flutist, Ian Anderson.”

Anderson already wanted to start a solo career in 1980, when Jethro Tull would take a break after John Glascock’s death. He wrote album A as a solo album, but the participation of Martin Barre and Dave Pegg led to the album being released under the name Jethro Tull, which caused the division of the old band. His first official solo album was Walk into Light, in 1983, in which Peter-John Vettese played an important role in the electronic direction of music. In the 1990s he started working with simple bamboo flutes. Use techniques such as overblowing and shading holes to produce fuzzy notes and other expressive techniques on this otherwise simple instrument. Anderson said that around this time his daughter began taking flute lessons and noted that his fingering was incorrect, prompting him to relearn the instrument with correct fingering. In 1995 Anderson released his second solo album, Divinities: Twelve Dances with God, an instrumental piece of twelve flute pieces that pursue varied themes with an underlying motif. The album was recorded with keyboardist Jethro Tull Andrew Giddings and orchestral musicians. Anderson released two other solo song-based albums, The Secret Language of Birds in 2000 and Rupi’s Dance in 2003. In 2003, Anderson recorded a composition called “Griminelli’s Lament”, in honor of his friend, Italian flutist Andrea Griminelli. In 2011, with the end of Jethro Tull’s tour, and the question of his friend Derek Shulman (what happened to Gerald Bostock?) Anderson began producing a sequel to Thick as a Brick (1972), titled Thick as a Brick 2, or TAAB2, was released on April 3, 2012. It is advertised as performed by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull instead of being a Jethro Tull album proper. Anderson toured, performing both albums in their entirety. A preview of TAAB2 was posted on YouTube.

Anderson released a new album, Homo Erraticus, in May 2014. He described it as a progressive rock concept album combining rock, folk, and metal music. [Citation required] Reaching number 14 on the UK album chart, it is his most successful solo album Ever. In September 2017, Anderson announced plans for a tour to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of This Was and a new studio album in 2019. The band’s lineup includes Anderson, Hammond, Opahle, O’Hara, and Goodier (all Anderson musicians). solo band since 2012),  with Barre absent from the lineup. On January 2, 2018, Ian Anderson posted a New Year’s post on, which included a photo of Anderson titled “IA in the studio working on a new album for release in March 2019. Shhhh; hold it secretly … ” On June 1, 2018, Parlophone Records released a new career collection (50 songs) celebrating Jethro Tull’s 50th anniversary with Tull’s 21 albums, named 50 by 50. In the 50 by 50 brochure notes it is said that The new album scheduled for 2019 will be a solo album by Ian Anderson and not a new album by Jethro Tull. Interviewed in October 2019, Anderson said he planned to finish the new album in February 2020 and release it in September 2020.

 Awards & Achievements

In 1973 Anderson appeared, along with several other artists, on the cover of Time, for an article about new directions in music from the early 1970s.  In recognition of his lifelong contribution to popular music, Anderson received two honors in 2006: the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement and an honorary Doctorate in Literature from Heriot-Watt University, on July 11, 2006. Anderson was named a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) at the 2008 New Year’s Awards for his services to music. He was awarded an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Letters) from the University of Abertay in July 2011.  At the 2013 Progressive Music Awards, Anderson received the “Prog God” award.

Music And Other Work

Anderson produced the 1974 Steeleye Span Now album We Are Six, in addition to appearing and producing Steeleye Span’s first Maddy Prior member, Woman in the Wings (1978), for which Jethro Tull made the majority of instrumental contributions.

Anderson appeared as a guest on The Big Prize song “All Along You Knew” (1985), the second album by Canadian rock band Honeymoon Suite. This followed Jethro Tull’s tour in 1984, in which Honeymoon Suite was one of the opening acts. Also in 1984, Anderson, along with Martin Barre, Dave Pegg and Peter-John Vettese recorded the album A Classic Case with the London Symphony Orchestra, performing a selection of music by Jethro Tull. He was also a DJ on Planet Rock radio station, hosting his own two-hour show Under the Influence. He also appeared on stage with Joe Bonamassa playing Jethro Tull’s song “A New Day Yesterday” at the Hammersmith Apollo in May 2010. Anderson plays the flute in the Men Without Hats song “On Tuesday” from his Pop Goes the World album (1987), and in the Blackmore’s Night song “Play, Minstrel, Play” from his debut album Shadow of the Moon (1997 ). Anderson plays the flute on the 1998 Roy Harper album The Dream Society. Anderson has recognized that Harper has a strong influence on him.

Anderson acts as a special guest on two live Uriah Heep albums: Acoustically Driven (2001) and Electrically Driven (2001), and both perform the same two songs from Uriah Heep’s repertoire: “Circus” and “Blind Eye”. Anderson plays the flute on the song “Portmeirion” on the Fairport Convention XXXV 2001 album. Anderson has performed with the Fairport Convention at their annual Cropredy festival on several occasions since the mid-1980s, when bassist Dave Pegg was also a member of Jethro Tull. Anderson played the flute and sang the lead vocals on a cover of “The Thin Ice” for the 2005 album Back Against the Wall, an all-star tribute album that covers Pink Floyd’s The Wall in its entirety. In April 2011, Anderson performed a flute duet with astronaut Cady Coleman, during his mission aboard the International Space Station, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight. Anderson played the flute on The Darkness song “Cannonball” on his 2012 album, Hot Cakes. He played the flute on Renaissance’s song “Cry to the World” on his 2013 album, Grandine il vento. He also played the flute on “The Ocean at the End”, the title track of The Tea Party 2014 album.

He contributed the flute to the song “Black Cherry Pie,” the third single from JEFF the Brotherhood’s 2015 album, Wasted on the Dream. [2. 3] On March 24, 2017, Ian Anderson’s studio album Jethro Tull – The String Quartets was released, with the Carducci String Quartet, conducted by John O’Hara. The official video for Marc Almond’s song ‘Lord of Misrule’, taken from his 2020 album Chaos and a Dancing Star, was released on YouTube on November 29, 2019, with Ian Anderson playing the flute at all times.

Family and personal life Anderson is the youngest of three brothers. The oldest of the three, Robin, became administrator of the Scottish Ballet in 1973.  From 1970 to 1974, Anderson married Jennie Franks, a photographer who is credited with some of the lyrics to the opening lines of the song “Aqualung”. [25] Anderson married Shona Learoyd in 1976, described by Rolling Stone magazine as a “beautiful daughter educated in a convent by a wealthy wool maker.”  She had studied ballet for 10 years, although when Anderson met her, she was working as a press agent on Jethro Tull’s record label at the time, Chrysalis Records. He later became involved with the band’s special effects on stage. The couple have lived on a 16th century red brick farm on the 500 acre (2.0 km2) Pophleys estate in Radnage, England, in the Kilmarie home on their Strathaird estate on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, as well as a short time in Montreux, Switzerland. They currently live in Wiltshire, England, and have a home again in Switzerland, near Montreux. They have two children: James Duncan Anderson, also a musician; and Gael, who works in the film industry and is married to actor Andrew Lincoln, star of the American television drama series The Walking Dead.  Anderson is a survivor of deep vein thrombosis and has made several public service announcements to raise awareness of the disease. Among his interests, Anderson lists the protection of feral cats, especially those that have been rescued from harsh captivity; cameras, mainly Leicas; and Indian cuisine: He has written a guide for beginners, so far published only on the Internet. Anderson describes himself as “religiously between deists and pantheists,” according to his foreword to the brochure of his 2006 St. Brides charity concerts for the homeless. During an interview published in May 2020, Anderson revealed that he suffers from COPD for incurable lung disease after being diagnosed several years earlier. He went on to affirm his belief that a probable cause of this condition has been the use of smoke machines on stage in live performances throughout his long career.

Business activities Anderson has owned several salmon farms in the UK and Chile. His concern for Strathaird, based on his heritage on the Isle of Skye, functioned until the late 1990s, when parts of it were sold. Anderson is the director of four companies: Jethro Tull Production Limited, Calliandra Productions Limited, Ian Anderson Limited and Ian Anderson Group of Companies Limited.

Net Worth

Ian Anderson’s net worth: Ian Anderson (MBE), The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has a net worth of $ 30 million. Ian Anderson has earned his net worth as leader and flute player of Jethro Tull, a well-known British rock band.

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