The phenomenon that is Ian Anderson will be back on the road again next autumn after announcing a new take on old Jethro Tull classics. The non-stop performer takes his acoustic three-piece across the UK next September – visiting a number of smaller venues with the same big hits.

“I have always wanted to go out in the UK with a small line-up, to play and to restructure the songs and music for a more intimate and personalised performance,” said Anderson.

“After many years of performing in this way for radio broadcasts in the USA, it seems like fun to bring this approach to the UK fans, old and new, and to make them feel like they are in my living room for an impromptu family concert.”

The trio – featuring German guitar virtuoso Florian Opahle and pianist/accordionist/ percussionist John O’Hara, will play Tull acoustic classics alongside rare and less well-known songs and other re-arranged Tull rock material.

In addition, some new material specially written for these tours will make an appearance. This will be the most intimate tour that Anderson has ever undertaken and the audience can expect anecdotes and musical surprises to keep them intrigued.

As the self-professed “unplugged guy with a bunch of noisy friends” Anderson commands much respect as an acoustic musician amongst his peers. The only original member of Jethro Tull, he remains synonymous with the brand identity.

Drawing on folk, classical, rock and jazz music styles, Ian continues to blend elements of many world music cultures to delight his fans.

Full dates:

September 2011

Sat 3rd Shrewsbury Theatre Severn £22.50 & £25.00 01743 281 281 www.theatresevern.co.uk

Sun 4th Gloucester Guildhall   £24.00 01452 503 050  www.gloucester.gov.uk

Mon 5th Northampton The Deco  £22.50& £25.00  01604 935 67 www.thedeco.co.uk

Tue 6th Bristol St Georges £22.50 & £25.00 0845 402 4001 www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

Wed 7th  Exeter Corn Exchange £24.00  01392 665 938 http://exeter.gov.uk/

Fri 9th Hayes The Beck Theatre    £22.50 & £25.00 020 8561 8371  www.becktheatre.org.uk

Sat 10th London Union Chapel £26.00  Use website www.unionchapel.org.uk

Sun 11th  Camberley Camberley Theatre £24.00 01276 707 600  www.camberleytheatre.biz

Sun 18th   Buxton Opera House  £23.00 & £25.00  0845 127 2190  www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Mon 19th  Gateshead Sage  £25.00 & £27.50  0191 443 4661   www.thesagegateshead.org

Tue20th York Grand OperaHouse £22.50£25.00 08448472322  www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk

Wed21st Grimsby CentralHall £22.50£25.00 01472346251 www.grimsbycentralhall.org/whatson.php

Thurs 22nd Burnley The Mechanics £24.00  01282 664 400  www.burnleymechanics.co.uk

Tickets go on sale on 1st December at 9.00am and are subject to booking fee.