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Guitars That Were Used On Jethro Tull Classic LPs

May 5, 2016
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Alan Thomson Playing Slide With Martin Barre In The USA

Here’s photo of Alan Thomson With The Martin Barre Band Whilst on Tour In the USA during 2016.
Playing slide with Martin Barre during the 2015 winter tour in Plymouth Massachusetts

Alan Thomson Playing Slide With Martin Barre In The USA

Alan Thomson

We thought that you’d be interested in looking at the guitars that were used on Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’ and ‘Minstrel In The Gallery’.


The SG was used by Martin Barre for recording “Minstrel in the Gallery”
and The Les Paul Junior is the one Martin used to play the famous “Aqualung ” riff.

Alan Thomson With Two legendary Guitars that were used in Jethro Tulls Aqualung and Minstrel In The Gallery

Alan Thomson With Two legendary Guitars

 

Teaneck New Jersey

April 27, 2016
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Alan Thomson & Paul Rose in Teaneck New Jersey whilst on Tour

Teaneck New Jersey, still in the middle of a great run of gigs. Here at Teaneck I met up with Paul Rose! Its a small world really isn’t it!!! See you all soon when I’m back in the UK.

Alan Thomson & Paul Rose in Teaneck New Jersey whilst on Tour

Alan Thomson & Paul Rose

Somewhere In America

April 17, 2016
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Somewhere in America ! A Great Photo with Dan Crisp, Martin Barre and Alan Thomson at BB King’s in NYC. Looks like alot of fun! I wonder what the song was. Alan is out in the USA for a number of weeks before returning to Tour with John Jorgenson, then with JM Pentangle and then out on the road with Doug Morter. Some more photos soon we hope!

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Alan Thomson Somewhere In America

Bass Players Are The Lowest!!

August 25, 2015
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Here are a few photos of various friends who I’ve met up with on the road somewhere in Europe! For those of you who don’t know who they are here’s a few notes……

LEE SKLAR…..Leland “Lee” Sklar has been a fixture in the recording studios of L.A. for over four decades.  His bass playing can be heard on over 2,000 albums (so far!) for a great many music icons, including Phil Collins, Billy Cobham, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Tommy Bolin, David Bowie, Ray Charles, B.B. King, The Doors, Peter Frampton, Aaron Neville, Lyle Lovett and countless others.  He has also played bass for many TV shows, including Hill Street Blues, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, Knight Rider and Simon & Simon, and has performed on the soundtracks of many motion pictures, including Forrest Gump, Ghost, Kindergarten Cop, and My Best Friend’s Wedding.  He was the bass player for the band Toto in 2007 and 2008, filling in for an ailing Mike Porcaro.  Lee continues to be a mainstay in the L.A. studio scene, showing no signs of slowing down.

 

DAVE PEGG.……As a teenager, Dave became involved in Birmingham’s vibrant 60s rock scene. He soon found himself playing guitar most evenings with one or other of the city’s young bands. Later, Dave auditioned as a lead guitarist with The Uglys but was persuaded to swap to bass guitar and has played the instrument ever since.

After a spell with The Uglys, Dave joined the Ian Campbell Folk Group on double bass and met fiddle maestro Dave Swarbrick by whom he was introduced to Fairport Convention. He joined them and has been in the band ever since.

In 1980, he joined Jethro Tull as bass player and spent 15 years with the band. As if playing in two bands was not enough, he set up Woodworm Records to produce and market Fairport’s albums. He also recorded a solo album.

Dave has also co-organised Fairport’s Cropredy festival since the early 1980s. From small beginnings, it has grown into a major event that attracts 20,000 fans each August.

As well as recording and touring with Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull, Dave is much in demand as a session player and has contributed bass to innumerable recordings. He is also an accomplished mandolin player.

 

ALAN THOMSON……As a Bass player Alan was another long-term member of John Martyn’s Band and an accomplished song-writer. His touring and writing credits include Robert Palmer, Rick Wakeman, Andy Summers, Bo Diddley, Denny Laine and Long John Baldry.

 

LARRY GRAHAM…..The co-founder of funk pioneers Sly and the Family Stone AND Graham Central Station.

Lee Sklar

Lee Sklar

Thomson, Ruusukallio and Makinen

May 15, 2015
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On the Road at the moment somewhere…….Left to Right  Sami Ruusukallio, me , Ville  Makinen. Hope that you manage to catch some of the Martin Barre Dates in addition to the John Jorgenson  GIGs. Hope to see you all soon, I know that we should be in Kinross in the Autumn with Martin Barre. See you all then!

Alan Thomson

Alan Thomson

Well Kept Secret

February 8, 2015
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Looking forward to another show with Elliott Morris and myself as Well Kept Secret. We will be playing Elliott’s solo songs as well as a few John Martyn Songs thrown in. Friday 6th March at Backstage at the Green Hotel, I hope some of you may be able to come along and support the show! Tickets can be bought HERE.

Alan Thomson With Pino Palladino

December 4, 2014
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Bumped into Pino Palladino on the flight home yesterday! Saw him playing in Glasgow with the Who . Great show and playing as always! Session ace Pino Palladino broke through playing fretless bass on Gary Numan’s I, Assassin in 1982 and quickly went on to play with the likes of David Gilmour, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins. In the last decade, he’s spent his time filling the considerably large shoes of John Entwistle in The Who and also cropped up on Adele’s planet-dominating album 21. Photo shows Pino with myself, Alan Thomson.

 Pino Palladino & Alan Thomson

Pino Palladino & Alan Thomson

Calvin ‘Fuzz’ Samuel

October 17, 2014
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Last January I had the chance to meet Calvin Fuzzy Samuel at Backstage in Kinross. What a legend! His Bio makes amazing reading…here’s a snippet…

Fuzz and Conrad were then hired to record Stephen Stills’ first solo album which included superstars Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Mama Cass, Rita Coolidge, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston and The Memphis Horns. During this time he worked with P.P. Arnold performing under the name Axis.

A big break came getting him a position with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Working sessions between London and Los Angeles, he became part of Manassas, with Stephen Stills, Chris Hillman, Dallas Taylor, Joe Lala, Paul Harris and Al Perkins, cutting two albums and touring for three years while finding time to do concerts with the band America.

Wrote and recorded songs with Marianne Faithful along with Steve Winwood in the early 1980s. Later he joined the Alvin Lee Band along with Mick Taylor and Tom Compton. For Taj Mahal, he worked on the Broadway musical, Mule Bone written by Langston Hughes and Zora Lee Hurston, with music composed by Taj starring blues man Kenny Neal. In the early 1990s he teamed up with Bobby keys, Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins and Ivan Neville as Tumbling Dice. Now he is performing as a solo artist on Bouzouki, Various Guitars and Vocals a World Beat blend of Blues, Reggae, Calypso, Classic Rock and Folk songs.

Selected Discography

Crosby Stills Nash & Young – 4 Way StreetGraham Nash – Songs For Beginners Stephen Stills (1) Stephen Stills (2) Manassas – Double Album Manassas – Down The Road Rita Coolidge (1)* *PRODUCED BY BOOKER T JONES*Dr John – Sun Moon & Herbs The Who – Tommy Film SoundtrackMarianne Faithful –

He played a wonderful show for Mundell Music with Nils-Ole Poulin. Here are a couple of photos.

Calvin Fuzzy Samuel & Alan Thomson

Calvin Fuzzy Samuel & Alan Thomson

Calvin Fuzzy Samuel

Calvin Fuzzy Samuel