Ian grew up in Oxford, and began life as a fine artist. He drifted into Creative Direction for live events as a means to meeting life’s growing financial demands and supporting his creative exploits. His performing career began as a support performer sharing stages with such luminaries as Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger, June Tabor and other folk acts in the early 1970’s. Cited influences are Dylan, Donovan Leitch, The Fairports, Syd Barrett, Sacred Harp Music, the Watersons, Soul Music and Terry Riley.
In the mid to late 1970’s Ian was the synthesiser player in the terminally obscure ‘CETI’ Band, and bass player in the ‘Weird Druid Cult’.
In 1996, Ian was a founder member of the Wheezers with Lol ‘The Undertaker’ Osborn and Trevor ‘Mint Sauce’ Sutton.
An artist and traditional dancer, he performs traditional material, as well as original songs on guitar and melodeon. The ever-present dress collection is an affectation from Ian’s Morris dancing days.