The Dayglo Pirates

The Dayglo Pirates
Flautist Paul Forrest of the Dayglo Pirates
At the end of the Italian Tull Convention, September 2003

The Dayglo Pirates are a UK-based Jethro Tull tribute band. Formed in 1996, they have played to fans' conventions in Italy, Spain and Germany, as well as numerous gigs in the UK. Recently, their vocalist and flautist Paul Forrest appeared on stage with the real Jethro Tull, at the Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth on April 16, 2008.

The name of the band, The Dayglo Pirates, is taken from the lyrics to the song "Up To Me" on the album, Aqualung:

"The rainy season comes to pass,
The day-glo pirate sinks at last.
And if I laughed a bit too fast,
Well it was up to me".

The Dayglo Pirates were featured in issue no. 102 (January 2007) of Classic Rock magazine.


Set list

The Dayglo Pirates play songs from Jethro Tull's first album This Was (1968) through to Stormwatch (1979). At an April 2008 gig, the set list was:

  • "My Sunday Feeling"
  • "New Day Yesterday
  • "Living in the Past"
  • "With You There To Help Me"
  • "Mother Goose"
  • "Bourree"
  • "Back to the Family"
  • "Nothing is Easy"
  • "Sweet Dream"
  • "My God"
  • "Acres Wild"
  • "North Sea Oil"
  • "Songs from the Wood"
  • "Thick as a Brick"
  • "Dun Ringill"
  • "Hunting Girl"
  • "Minstrel in the Gallery"
  • "Cross Eyed Mary"
  • "Aqualung"
  • "Locomotive Breath"
  • "Dambusters March Finale"


The members of the Dayglo Pirates are:

  • Paul Forrest - lead vocal, flute, acoustic guitar, mandolin
  • Simon Taylor - electric guitar, recorder, backing vocals
  • Steve Harrison - bass guitar
  • Graham Burgess - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Tom Andrews - drums, glockenspiel, backing vocals

They have had just one change in personnel, the original keyboard player Dave Bott leaving for personal reasons in 2005. Their regular sound engineer is Tony Shettle.

Interactions with Jethro Tull

Letter from Ian Anderson

The band sent Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull a video of the Dayglo Pirates in action in November 1998. Ian replied encouragingly, congratulating them on doing "a fine job", and provided this quote:

"If the guys can get the haircuts a bit more up-to-date and work on the between songs patter, you might even fool me on a good night. Come to think of it, what are you doing Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays? I could use some time off so perhaps we can come to some arrangement if you promise to never tell a soul ..."

Guest appearances

The Dayglo Pirates have been joined on stage by former members of Jethro Tull on several occasions:

Radio interview

Paul Forrest on stage with Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull, Bournemouth Pavilion 16 April 2008

On 16 October 2003, Paul Forrest and Tom Andrews of the Dayglo Pirates, and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, were interviewed by Neil Pringle of BBC Southern Counties Radio.[1]

Paul Forrest guests at Jethro Tull concert

On April 16, 2008, Paul Forrest of the Dayglo Pirates appeared as a special guest of Jethro Tull at a concert at Bournemouth Pavilion. Paul played flute and sang on a medley of We Used To Know and With You There To Help Me, and again on Locomotive Breath during the encore.


European Events

The Dayglo Pirates have played at the following European events:

UK Venues

The following are some of the venues that The Dayglo Pirates have appeared at in the UK:

  • The Pavilion Theatre, Brighton
  • The Flowerpot, Derby
  • The Cheese and Grain, Froome
  • The Portland Rock Bar, Hove
  • The All Saints Centre, Lewes
  • The Loaded Dog, Leytonstone
  • The Diamond, Nottingham
  • Mr Kyps, Poole
  • Club Riga, Southend
  • Riff's Bar, Swindon
  • The Standard, Walthamstow


External links

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