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Ian Parker & Band are back!!
2013 Three-piece tour
When Ian embarks upon his UK tour in February, he'll revisit material from various periods of his career to date, in what will be his first band venture in over two years, following a long series of solo performances since 2010. Lovers of the electric guitar will no doubt be pleased to see Ian's Stratocaster back in action too!
This fresh line-up features David Jenkins on bass and Chris Finn on drums, both of whom have also gone on to develop their talents and travel the world within the music business, since playing in Ian's first gigging band 'Strange Brew', twenty years ago. In this three piece format, Ian's songs, voice and guitar playing take on a rawer edge than ever before.
A songwriter genuinely literate, sometimes almost literary, Ian is an original craftsman. Expressed through a distinctive bitter-sweet vocal delivery, Ian's songs hold nothing back. His ability and willingness to share with his audience, naked honesty and genuine emotion, is what sets him apart.
Ian’s career took off in the summer of 2003, when he signed to Ruf Records following a personal introduction to US record producer, David Z (Prince - Purple Rain). His debut album 'INSIDE' (Ruf1094) was released in October of that year.
In March 2004, Ian appeared on Germany's top live music TV show, 'Rockpalast'. and a live DVD of his incendiary performance was released in June 2005, entitled '…WHILST THE WIND' (Ruf3007). In addition, a live album documenting Ian's performance in Hannover during his December 2004 European Tour, was also released in June 2005 under the same title (Ruf1102). Both releases met with high critical acclaim and continue to notch up impressive sales.
In September 2005, Ian wrote and recorded five songs for a Ruf Records project album, 'PILGRIMAGE' (Ruf1112) which was recorded in Clarksdale Mississippi and Memphis Tennessee, and released in January 2006. The release of ‘PILGRIMAGE’, extended Ian's touring activities throughout Europe and importantly, into the US.
On return from America in September 2005, Ian began a lengthy artistic process based around his rediscovery of the roots artists who had inspired him as a teenager. The resulting album, 'WHERE I BELONG' (Ruf1120), was released in January 2007 and produced by Matt Butler, whose extensive CV includes none other than Sir Paul McCartney. The ensuing promotional tour culminated with the recording of ‘THE OFFICIAL BOOTLEG’ (MT006) which captures the highlights of the final UK leg of a gruelling eighteen month long tour of Europe and the UK.
Ian spent much of 2008 writing new material, and at the beginning of 2009, under the management of Ralph Baker of Equator Music, sessions began in Bath's famous Riverside Studios. The resulting five track EP, 'DEMONS AND DOUBTERS' (Equator), was recorded under the guidance and supervision of Clive Deamer (Robert Plant, Portishead, Massive Attack), and Jon Jacobs of Sir George Martin's Air Studios fame.
With these songs, Ian began an exciting new chapter in his career. Much of his live work over the last couple of years has been solo acoustic, and following tours on both sides of the Atlantic in this format, 'THE BARE BONES' (MT007) live album was released in April 2011. Back in the studio with other musicians again, Ian is currently working on a new album which is expected to be released soon.