Ian was born in Galashiels but has lived in the Irvine Valley (Galston and Darvel) for many years. He plays (almost entirely for his own amusement) diatonic and chromatic mouthorgans as well as bass and chord versions.
He is also a very accomplished and prolific painter specialising in portraits of people and dogs but also keen on landscape and still life. He is a member of Kilmarnock Art Club and a past president of Ayr Sketch Club.
His musical taste is very varied and is reflected in the choice of material chosen for his album, Harmonica Harmony.