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Ian Anderson reveals folk-rock heroes

Ian Anderson has revealed a list of his 10 favourite folk-rock albums.

And while he credits artists including Roy Harper, Pentangle and Fairport Convention, he reserves special praise for English singer/songwriter Seth Lakeman.

Picking out Lakeman’s 2008 record Poor Man’s Heaven, Anderson reckons he’s “today’s top folk-rock musician.”

The Jethro Tull icon tells Music Radar: “He’s someone who I think has a musical approach that belongs right back in the early 70s but he’s doing it in the new millennium. To me he does it in a very familiar-sounding way.

Poor Man’s Heaven brought him into the more rock field and it’s more rhythmic and a lot more solid in the bass and drums department.

“For me, he definitely qualifies as today’s top folk-rock musician.”

Another album to make the shortlist is Steeleye Span’s Parcel Of Rogues from 1973. And while Anderson is credited as the producer on its follow-up, 1974’s Now We Are Six, he’s quick to play down his contribution.

He says: “I only really ‘produced’ in the sense that I supervised the mix – other than getting David Bowie to come and play saxophone on one of the tracks!”

Anderson recently revealed he’ll premiere five new tracks in his Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera shows. He’s also just started his ‘Best Of Jethro Tull’ tour which sees him play at the TeamRock-sponsored Ramblin’ Man Fair at Mote Park, Kent on July 26.

Anderson’s top 10 folk-rock albums

Come Out Fighting Genghis Smith – Roy Harper

The Pentangle – Pentangle

Liege And Lief – Fairport Convention

Parcel Of Rogues – Steeleye Span

John Barleycorn Must Die – Traffic

After The Break – Planxty

Vihma – Varttina

EastWind – Andy Irvine And Davy Spillane

Red – The Young Dubliners

Poor Man’s Heaven – Seth Lakeman


Jun 27: Kloften Festival, Denmark

Jul 18: Roots Festivalen, Norway

Jul 23: Winterback Festival, Germany

Jul 24: Ansbach Castle, Germany

July 26: Ramblin’ Man Fair, UK

Aug 28: Summerdays Festival, Switzerland

Aug 30: Bochum Zeltfestival Ruhr, Germany


Sep 18: The Anvil, Baningstoke, UK

Sep 10: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK

Sep 11: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK

Sep 12: Barbican, York, UK

Sep 13: Sage Theatre, Gateshead, UK

Sep 14: Lowry Lyric Theatre, Salford, UK

Sep 18: Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia

Sep 19: DK Lensoveta, St Petersburg, Russia

Oct 24: Roundhouse, London, UK

Nov 01: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA

Nov 03: Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI, USA

Nov 05: Citi Performing Arts Centre, Boston, MA, USA

Nov 06: Kings Theatre, Brookyln, NY, USA

Nov 07: Academy Of Music, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Nov 08: Grand Theatre, Mashantucket, CT, USA

Nov 10: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY, USA

Nov 11: Prudential Hall, Newark, NJ, USA

Nov 20: Barts, Barcelona, Spain

Nov 21: Victo Villegas, Murcia, Spain

Nov 23: Nuevo Apolo, Madrid, Spain