Ian is a relatively recent convert to the ukelele but has been playing guitar, mandolin, and double bass for about 35 years. At GFW, he is known for taking his class through an incredible number of songs each term from easy to difficult, and from classic to down right cheesy. He uses song sheets with chord charts and music scores with ukulele tablature. Ian has worked as a ukulele tutor for the Scots Music Group and the U3A as well as local ukulele clubs.
As well as being a GFW ukulele tutor, Ian has a variety of musical interests. Along with Lanark accordionist Allan Smith, he forms the core of the Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band in which he plays mandolin and is the band's dance caller. He plays double bass with the old time country outfit, the Darlin' Clementines and guitar for Biggar Big Band. He has also played in bands for local amateur operatic productions including 'Sweet Charity', 'Calamity Jane', 'The King and I', 'Me and my Girl', 'The Man of Lamancha' as well as various Christmas panto shows. Ian is a member of a 9 piece ukulele performance group called the 'Dukes of Uke' - see them at http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/The-Dukes-of-Uke-Biggar-Ukulele-Ensemble/305673789453737