Ian started on accordion at age 9, playing in the school band and solo at music festivals, competitions and charity events. At the age of 14, he started a school rock band , playing guitar and singing. He changed to organ after leaving school and played in local and resident bands until 1972 when joined Moonstone, who released 3 singles. Life followed, and released an album for Polydor, none of which, needless to say, did anything. Ian worked with Love Affair, The Nashville Teens and various cover bands whilst recording another album for English Assassin which was shelved.
Punk and New Wave came along, so haircut, skinny jeans and ties were in. Ian worked with Tonight and The Records and recorded for Phoenix and other rock based and New Wave bands until an audition for The Kinks in 1979. He was asked to join, and stayed with them until 1989, whilst also working with Dr Feelgood, The Kursaal Flyers, Blues 'n Trouble, Ken Hensley, Mike Vernon, Samson, Randy California and others, mainly recording.
Ian worked with Roger Chapman, The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Ian Hunter from 1989 onwards and returned to The Kinks in 1993. He has continued to record and perform with the aforementioned Roger Chapman and Ian Hunter along with Chris Farlowe, Maggie Bell, Andy Scott, The Chicago Blues Brothers and recently on Ray Davies choir and other projects.
In 2008, Ian became a member of the Kast Off Kinks.