Jonathan Noyce

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Jonathan Noyce
Birth name Jonathan Mark Thomas Noyce
Born (1971-07-15) 15 July 1971 (age 46)
Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England
Genres Progressive rock, folk rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter

bass guitar

keyboard (Mini Moog)
Years active 1993 – present
Labels RandM, Fuel 2000, Chrysalis, Eagle, Roadrunner, EMI, Capital, Island
Associated acts Jethro Tull, Martin Barre, Rick Wakeman, Gary Moore, ARCHIVE

Mr. Noyce's page at myspace

Mr. Noyce's page at twitter
Notable instruments
1960 Fender Precision Bass guitar

Jonathan Mark Thomas Noyce (born 15 July 1971)[1] 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.[2][3] Mr. Noyce is also widely known for his long association with renowned guitarist Gary Moore.


Jonathan Noyce was born in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. His father, Peter, was Choirmaster and Assistant Organist at Lichfield Cathedral, and Jane, his mother, has been a town planner.[4] Jonathan grew up within the sounds of choirs, organs and the orchestral music on small record collection of his parents.[5][6] First he tried many different instruments before he did chose the bass. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London.


Early career[edit]

Mr. 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, Mr. Noyce met and was asked to play on Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre's solo album The Meeting.[7] 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.[8][9] During his eleven-year stint with the band, he travelled the globe, recorded a (few) studio albums plus a few more live ones.

In his own words he plays stealth bass: "you can't hear it, but you feel it."[10]

Outside of Jethro Tull, Mr. Noyce had a long establishment with guitarist Gary Moore,[11] 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 release of Gary's final recorded show Live at Montreux 2010.

2006 saw Mr. Noyce join The Divine Comedy for some European dates and one off television appearances.

Since 2007 Mr. Noyce has been a member of the UK band Archive.[12][13]

Rick Wakeman called upon Mr. Noyce for his concerts at Hampton Court Palace in 2009. These shows were also recorded and filmed. The Six Wives of Henry VIII Live at Hampton Court Palace.

2010 he re-united 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.[14] 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.

Later Career[edit]

2010 Mr. Noyce had one of his greatest commercial successes with the release of French-Canadian superstar Mylène Farmer's album Bleu Noir, for which he supplied all the bass guitar tracks. He filled in on bass for Love Amongst Ruin's debut gig at Eurosonic Festival in January 2010.

2012[15] Mr. Noyce joined his old Jethro Tull bandmate Martin Barre for live shows across Europe.

2013 Mr. Noyce played on Martin Barre's solo album Away With Words.[16] The same year he had been joined Sixto Rodriguez for a run of shows that included the Montreux Jazz Festival and Glastonbury Festival. In December he played tohether with Pentangle for a concert to celebrate the life of Bert Jansch. This was broadcast on BBC television.

2014 Mr. Noyce joined the Gentle Giant offshoot band Three Friends, featuring former members Gary Green and Malcolm Mortimore. Other work includes playing on the soundtracks to the films I Am Ali[17] and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (film), the later with Daniel Pemberton. Archive released a film, Axiom, and returned to Montreux Jazz Festival to perform the soundtrack live. The same year he also did the producing for artist Mike Marlin's as yet untitled upcoming album.

2015 Archive's new album Restriction features Mr. Noyce on bass guitars and Mini Moog. They have been on tour 2016.

2016: Mr. Noyce played bass on the soundtrack of the film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword by Guy Ritchie.[18] The title song of the film Gold by Stephen Gaghan (soundtrack Daniel Pemberton), written and performed by Iggy Pop and Danger Mouse. Mr. Noyce did the bass and on plenty of the soundtrack.[19]


J.S. Bach, The Beatles, Miles Davis, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Silence, Chemistry, Sonar[20]


Mr. 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 (Guild Guitar Company), a Zeta Crossover UEB and a Hoefner bass.[21]

Mr. Noyce has two pedalboards made by Custom Pedal Chain System. They 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 SWR Sound Corporation for over twenty years and his current main live rig uses a SM900 amp and Henry the 8x8 cabinet. In the studio he uses an SWR Redhead combo, SWR Mo'Bass, Fender Bassman, Ampeg Portaflex and Wallace Amplifier. Di boxes are Radial. Mr. Noyce strings all his guitars with D'Addario strings.

In addition he plays keyboards, primarily Mini Moog.[22][23]


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  2. ^ "Jonathan Noyce, Bass Guitar". Jethro Tull. 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Hill, Gary. "Jonathan Noyce". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Jonathan Mark Noyce, Band Member". zoominfo. 12 Nov 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jonathan Noyce, Bass Guitar". Jethro Tull. 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Jonathan-Noyces-Conscientious-and-Fully-Formed-Musical-Information-Page". Facebook. 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Jonathan Noyce". Martin Barre. 12 Nov 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Artist Biography by Gary Hill". ALLMUSIC. 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Jonathan Mark Noyce, Band Member". 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "JETHRO TULL: (LIVING WITH THE PAST) - 2001 LIVE CONCERT FOOTAGE. 33:48". Jethro Tull. 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Robert William GARY MOORE". Gary Moore. 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Archive Jonathan Noyce". SPIRIT OF ROCK. 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Archive Musiker/Band". Facebook. 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Robert William GARY MOORE". Gary Moore. 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre takes high road on TAAB2 rift". Goldmine. 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "MARTIN BARRE & JONATHAN NOYCE BAND". where‘s up?. 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Song Credits". Soundtrack.Net. 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  18. ^ Jonathan Noyce (17 March 2017). "Jonathan-Noyces-Conscientious-and-Fully-Formed-Musical-Information-Page". Facebook. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  19. ^ Jonathan Noyce (1 March 2017). "Jonathan-Noyces-Conscientious-and-Fully-Formed-Musical-Information-Page". Facebook. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  20. ^ "Jonathan-Noyces-Conscientious-and-Fully-Formed-Musical-Information-Page". Facebook. 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "Jonathan-Noyces-Conscientious-and-Fully-Formed-Musical-Information-Page". Facebook. 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "profile". LinkedIn. 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "Archive – Controlling Crowds". Discogs. 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 

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