Mick Abrahams has 75 candles on his birthday cake today. Mick was the original …
Written by megarock on April 7, 2018
Mick Abrahams has 75 candles on his birthday cake today. Mick was the original guitarist for Jethro Tull and then formed Blodwyn Pig.
He played on the album This Was recorded by Jethro Tull in 1968, but conflicts between Abrahams and Ian Anderson over the musical direction of the band led Abrahams to leave once the album was finished. Abrahams wanted to pursue a more blues/rock direction, while Anderson wanted to incorporate more overt folk and jazz influences. He was replaced first by Tony Iommi who would leave Tull after only a few weeks and would later go on to form Black Sabbath, and then by Martin Barre who remained with Jethro Tull until the band ceased in 2011.
Mick founded Blodwyn Pig and the group recorded two albums, Ahead Rings Out and Getting to This before breaking up in 1970. He then was with the short-lived Wommet, then the Mick Abrahams Band and has continued to release albums by himself and with reunited versions of Blodwyn Pig. He has worked as a driver, lifeguard and financial consultant, occasionally playing gigs, especially to support causes in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
Abrahams caused some controversy in Tull fan circles for his formation of a band called ‘This Was’ in the late 1990s, which reunited the members of the first incarnation of Jethro Tull (with the exception of Ian Anderson) to perform songs from that era of Jethro Tull’s music. Tull fans disapproved but Anderson apparently was not too offended, as in recent years Abrahams and Anderson have guested on each other’s records. Abrahams has also participated in Jethro Tull reunions, as well as one-off projects and gigs over the years.
According to his website, Abrahams suffered a heart attack in November 2009 and would have to recuperate before resuming work. In April 2010 his website revealed that he was suffering from Ménière’s disease, which would hold him back from performing at least for another year. In December 2013, he posted an update referring to his continuing health problems and mentioning that he hoped to release an album in 2014.
In 2015, Abrahams announced a new studio album called Revived!, with several guests – among them, his replacement in Jethro Tull, Martin Barre.
How many of you are familiar with Mick’s overall work?
Happy Birthday Mick!!! Please keep the music coming!