Born in Southampton, England, Ian started playing guitar at the age of 8, and played his first gig at age 10. During his teens, he was the lead guitarist and vocalist with a local surfer band. When a heavy rock band asked him to substitute for their bass player, he quickly learned to play simple lines on a borrowed bass, and eventually went on to learn upright, 4, 5, and 6-string fretted basses, and 4, 5 and 6-string fretless basses.
Ian later joined "Markus Stamp", one of the top pop recording bands in the south of England, featuring the wild Robin Stamp on lead vocals. He then went on to play with "Movin' On", a backing band for established country singer Dodie Carsons, which featured Tommy Bannister, one of Britain's best steel guitar players. With this unit, he got to open for Randy Travis.
Ian relocated to the US in 1980, and then to Canada in 1982, commencing a long stint of playing bass in all styles of local Ontario bands, including jazz, rock and country music. He had the opportunity to play Earth Day, Burlington's Sound of Music Festival, Canada Day festivities, and got to perform with some great Canadian artists like Jack de Keyzer, David Johannesson, Chris Murphy, and Jerry Doucette.
Ian has been playing with Rhythm & Bones for several years.
Ian's Gallery: (click on thumbnails to enlarge)
Contact: Ian's email
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