Thanks to our friend and moderator Pat (Quizz Kid), James Duncan has kindly agreed to do a Q&A with us here on the Jethro Tull Board.
(I'm sure you all know who James is. If you don't, you obviously need to spend more time reading our board! - TM)
James Duncan along with Mickaël Téo form The Fancy Toys and they have been writing, playing both live and in the studio, with many artists since they were really pretty young. They have performed at some of the most prestigious venues, all over the world.
Trying to describe their style is impossible: There is literally nothing like it. You might be able to spot a few influences here and there but these will soon whizz off somewhere else in an exciting and unusual way."
James began playing drums at the age of 13. In 2002 he began working on stage with Ian Anderson on the initial 'Rubbing Elbows' tour and continued to tour with Ian's solo band for several years, and even filling in for Doane on few Jethro Tull gigs.
James has performed on The Secret Language of Birds, Rupi's Dance, The IA Orchestral Album, St. Brides, and Jethro Tull's Christmas Album. The Fancy Toys studio tracks are available for download via iTunes.
Post by Nonfatman on Sept 24, 2010 11:22:01 GMT -5
Hi, James, and thank you for taking our questions!
I know you were very young at the time, probably 4 or 5 years old I would think, but do you have any memories of recording those backing vocals to Batteries Not Included, and if so, what do you remember and what was it like for you as a small child recording vocals for you dad's album?
Post by Silkenmist on Sept 24, 2010 11:58:12 GMT -5
Good Morning James:
I can't get over how much you look like your Dad, Ian Anderson.
I have seen many videos with you on your Dad's shoulders or in a plane with him and your mom. I was wondering if he was a strict dad (when he was around) or did he let you get away with anything you wanted.
When you were growing up was the music of Jethro Tulll something really you got into or was it juat something that Dad did? Assuming you did get into it, would you ever pester your dad to sing stuff for you or play guitar for you, perhaps stuff that typically wasn't performed? Thanks for your time. -Bob
Hello James; Like others, my curiosity is about you and your sister's early years. Do you recall when it was you figured out that your Dad was a famous musician? Was it tough having him away from home so often? Was your interest in music always the drums or did you start with a different instrument? Lastly it has been a long time since Tull (or your Dad) has visited Houston. I met you, Lucia and your Dad then. When can we expect a show in Houston again? Best wishes for a successful career. Be well, Bobbo Houston, Tx
Post by SilverHamer on Sept 30, 2010 9:47:15 GMT -5
Like Bobbo, I live in the Houston, TX area. I don't really have a question for you but I just wanted to say that I think it's really cool how you became involved with the Tull Tours. In 2003 when the band played at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, I nearly had a collision with you in the aisle as you were walking from the stage area back up to the sound and light boards...I was really surprised to have seen you sort of mingling out in the crowd like that and really wanted to chat, but figured you were much too busy at that point...some 15 or 20 minutes before showtime. Anyways...good luck to you in your personal endeavors and hopefully we will see you guys back in The Woodlands sometime down the road.
Hi James, thanks for taking time to answer all our questions, when you toured with Tull our your dads band did you find it strange to play certain drum passages that have been played(amd made famous) by such fine drumers past and present espesicially Doane's since he is still with Tull. Thanks good luck with the Toys...Charles
Hello James! I'm Blue the Crazy Cat Lady in West Conshohocken, PA (just west of Philadelphia). I understand why you changed your name but I do have a question about your childhood. There were people who thought my daughter, about your age, would be cat box trained before she was ever potty trained and I have now come to understand that her main fear in childhood was not a monster under the bed but getting hairball treatment smeared on her knuckles along with the rest of the cats. So, what was life like for you growing up with a 'Crazy Cat Lady" for a Father? Did you ever get absent-mindedly patted on the head or scratched behind the ears as a child and has it left any deep-seated psychological scars? (grin)
Is it true that you are going to appear with your bro-in-law Andrew Lincoln in the next season of The Walking Dead? If so, will it be for one episode or more than one?
I am really looking forward to Season 2. I did not follow the first season initially, but then the entire six episodes were re-run in the space of two or three nights, which I happened upon by accident, so I tuned in just for curiousity sake and the Tull connection of Ian's son-in-law being in the lead role.
I usually hate zombie movies, so I wasn't really expecting to stick with it, but it completely hooked me after just ten or fifteen minutes. I proceeded to watch all the episodes, staying up until 1:00 a.m. on those nights because it was so well-done. Better, in fact, than a lot of major science fiction movies.
1) What was it like growing up in such a talented and creative family? I imagine that there were music and acting lessons, family trips to museums, attendance at the theater, arts and crafts, and a whole lot of reading. Am I right?
2) How did other kids react to you being the son of a famous rock performer? Where kids your age Tull fans? Did everyone want to be your friend? Was there also some ribbing about your dad prancing around in tights doing unspeakable things with a flute?
3) When you were growing up, did you ever overhear Ian singing in the shower, humming, whistling, etc.? If so, was that something he regularly did? Were they his own songs, or someone else's (and if so, whose), or were they both?
Biggles: Sooo jealous! enjoy.
Dec 15, 2015 17:22:44 GMT -5
StanDup: hmm, I could still make the 2nd show on saturday. just kidding dammit.
Dec 19, 2015 0:33:17 GMT -5
TM: Oh man, what an incredible show! I have picks and videos to post.
Dec 21, 2015 15:57:10 GMT -5
StanDup: Right on, can't wait.
Dec 22, 2015 19:42:04 GMT -5
marco58: Just saw Martin and his hot band in Plymouth, MA last Friday night. My second live Tull experience, after Ian in November at Foxwoods in CT. Completely blown away, the man is legendary, can't wait for his 2016 dates!
Dec 22, 2015 20:21:12 GMT -5
TM: Know what you mean Marco - welcome to the board. Everyone in NY was blown away by him as well. It was best show I've seen in many years.
Dec 22, 2015 21:51:02 GMT -5
Biggles: I just read the Bill Kopp Asheville, NC review a few days ago and could tell you guys were in for something special. I love that marco58 referred to it as "My second live Tull experience" welcome to the board marco58!
Dec 22, 2015 23:49:09 GMT -5
StanDup: Martin dates added since the Arizona date was announced. For you lucky fans back east.
Jan 30, 2016 18:42:12 GMT -5
Biggles: Martin please book some dates in California!!!
Jan 30, 2016 21:06:24 GMT -5
bristoltull: Hi....may be of interest to UK-based fans. On the BBC quiz show "Mastermind", I'm on this Friday, in one of the semi-finals, and my specialised subject is.....Jethro Tull. BBC2, 19th February 2016, 8pm. I gave it my best shot. See how many you can answer!
Feb 14, 2016 16:07:46 GMT -5
TM: Very cool. Good luck!
Feb 16, 2016 15:54:45 GMT -5
stormwatchuk: Damn missed it as ive only just joined the forum
Mar 27, 2016 5:52:51 GMT -5
stormwatchuk: anywhere to see it again ? or maybe a list of the questions we can have a go at ?
Mar 27, 2016 5:53:15 GMT -5
teddy: Seems like everyone trying to figure out " Eat Hermione for lunch" just don't get it. A Popular vegetarian line of food is advertised by a woman named Hermione. You can see the advertisement on line. Thus it is not oral sex with a office girl. Munch.
Dec 16, 2016 20:39:34 GMT -5
lclark354: Hello everyone. I recently finished a room addition, and can finally set up surround sound. I've purchased all the Tull sets, except, of course,TAAB. Is there a site where one can purchase & download the 5.1 files? Or, any word on a re-issue?
Jan 17, 2017 1:15:01 GMT -5
Mystery To Me: Going to Red Rocks show with 2 friends. Anyone from the board going to this concert? Would like to meet anyone or everyone. Later
May 18, 2017 16:55:45 GMT -5
Nonfatman: My days of traveling long distances to see "Tull" are over. I just don't have the time anymore. Hope you enjoy it!
May 23, 2017 14:16:12 GMT -5
madjack1959: Hello to everyone from Lexington, Kentucky. Part of what led me here, was mention of Gentle Giant. I've listened to Tull for ages, and then was introduced to GG via Octopus I saw in the record store, and that was my start. I've never seen either "live" :
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