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Jonathan Mark Thomas Noyce (born 15 July 1971) is an English musician. He is a bass guitarist primarily known as a member of British rock group Jethro Tull, with whom he toured and recorded as a member from 1995 until 2007.
Noyce was born in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Noyce enjoyed his first success with the British pop group Take That, for whom he supplied bass in the studio in 1993. During this period Noyce worked closely with producer Joey Negro aka Dave Lee.
In 1995, Noyce met and was asked to play on Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre's solo album The Meeting. This became a stepping stone to meeting Tull frontman Ian Anderson, who subsequently asked Jonathan to join him on his Divinities world tour later that year. A few months later Dave Pegg announced his retirement from Jethro Tull. Noyce was a natural first choice and joined the band in August 1995. During his eleven year stint with the band, he travelled the globe, recorded a (few) studio albums plus a few more live ones.
Outside of Jethro Tull, Noyce had a long association with guitarist Gary Moore, playing with him on his Old New Ballads Blues CD, the DVD recording of the concert to commemorate the life of Phil Lynott, One Night in Dublin, which featured members of Thin Lizzy, and the CD/DVD release of Gary's final recorded show "Live At Montreux 2010".
2006 saw Jonathan join The Divine Comedy for some European dates and one off television appearances.
Since 2007 Noyce has been a member of the UK band Archive. He is featured on the recordings Live at the Zenith, Controlling Crowds, Controlling Crowds Part 4 and "With Us Until You're Dead". A new album from Archive is due for release later in 2013 on which Jonathan contributed electric bass, Moog synthesiser, overdrive and distortion.
Rick Wakeman called upon Jonathan for his concerts at Hampton Court Palace in 2009. These shows were also recorded and filmed and feature on the CD, DVD and Blu-ray release The Six Wives of Henry VIII Live at Hampton Court Palace.
2010 saw Jonathan re-uniting with Gary Moore for his Summer of Rock shows throughout Europe. This band also included drummer and friend Darrin Mooney and, following a 21 year hiatus, keyboard and guitar player Neil Carter, Moore's right-hand man during his rise to international success in the 1980s. This Celtic-Rock project came to an end with the sudden death of Moore on 6 February 2011. The band had been in rehearsals just prior to his death in preparation for the commencement of recording sessions for a new album later in February that year.
2010 saw Noyce having one of his greatest commercial successes with the release of French-Canadian superstar Mylène Farmer's latest CD Bleu Noir, for which Noyce supplied all the bass guitar tracks. Noyce filled in on bass for Love Amongst Ruin's debut gig at Eurosonic Festival in January 2010.
2013 will see Noyce touring with Archive.
In 2013 Noyce played on Martin Barre's solo album Away With Words.
Jonathan Noyce's main instruments are an original 1960 Fender Precision bass guitar (which has an identical twin, made by Fender Masterbuilt craftsman Ian Waller), Yamaha basses (BB1100s, fretless, BB3000 & BB2025X), Wal basses (custom 4, 4 fretless and 5 string), Fender Musicmaster, a 1964 Fender Jazz bass, an Epiphone Rivoli bass, a Guild Acoustic, Zeta Crossover UEB. Jonathan has two pedalboards made by Custom Pedal Chain System. Both are almost identical, featuring Tech 21 Sansamp Classic, Zvex Woolly Mammoth, Boss OC2, Ibanez CS505, Lehle 3@1 switching and cables by Custom Pedal Chain System.
Noyce has used SWR amplification for over twenty years and his current main live rig uses a SM900 amp and Henry the 8x8 cabinet. In the studio Jonathan uses an SWR Redhead combo, SWR Mo'Bass, Fender Bassman, Ampeg Portaflex and Wallace Amplifier. Di boxes are Radial. Jonathan Noyce strings all his guitars with D'Addario strings.
- Jethro Tull official website
- Jonathan Noyce's page at myspace.com
- Archive official website
- Gary Moore's official website