Ian first became interested in pop music when Beatlemania started in 1963. Although he was only eight years old it seemed to really catch his imagination and he remembers learning the words to songs and creating a scrapbook with pictures of the various bands of the day. From that time he really wanted to play guitar in a band but it was not until his mid teens that he really did anything about it. By chance he mentioned to a work colleague that he wanted to play guitar in a band and his colleague said that his son-in-law played in a band in the 1960s and now did informal guitar lessons. Ian made arrangements to have some lessons and never looked back. He really wanted to play music by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Kinks etc. and the guitar teacher knew how to play them all, which was brilliant. It got to the point where he learned so quickly that the guitar teacher couldn't keep up!
During the 70's and 80's Ian played in a number of function bands such as Freeway, After Eight and Nite Life. He also played in duos when the band had no gig. Later he took a break due to work commitments as he was often travelling and therefore not available for practices and gigs.
Ian's main guitar is a Fender Stratocaster, which he purchased in 1975. He has built up a small collection of other guitars over the years including bass guitars, which he played in one of his previous bands for a number of years. He also likes playing his Rickenbacker 12 string guitar, which adds a different dimension to the sound.
Ian is pleased to be back playing in a band again playing the music he loves with some good friends who share similar tastes.
If you come to one of The Pop Pickers gigs in the near future come and say hello to Ian.