Ian W Brown - not the lead singer of The Stone Roses one, the guitarist and songwriter from The New Forest one.
It’s 30 years since Ian W Brown decided he stood a better chance of making a living farming pigs in Hampshire than saving the world with a song.
A year or two later while toiling in the fields, he heard The Stone Roses on the radio, fell in love with the band and allowed himself a wry smile that at least one person with his name the band's lead singer 'Ian Brown' was living the dream, recording songs and playing live.
However, Ian always kept his hand in writing songs before going to work and playing folk clubs when he could. When farming, became being almost as precarious as the record business, he answered the call for Britain’s farmers to diversify by going into the music industry full time.
Subsequently, Ian has co-written the lead song in the long running West End musical ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’, Sandi Thom’s number one single, ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker’ and songs for many other artists.
From the worlds of Folk with Fisherman’s Friends and Show Of Hands, Pop with D – Side, Simon Webbe and Pixie Lott, Dance with Drum Sound and Bass Line Smith and Don Diablo, and Country for the British film Country Girl. In the last year Ian's songs have played on BBC Radio 1, 2, 4 and 5 and he is working on something for BBC Radio 3, once he has mastered the nose flute.
Ian has supported 10 cc, Steve Harley, Rita Coolidge, Julie Felix, Martin Simpson and Martin Cathy and has played many festivals including Glastonbury, Cornbury, Purbeck and Greenwich. His proudest moment, however, is performing the anthem to his wife ‘The Five Foot Two Inch Giant’ on the model village stage and The Wimborne Folk Festival (you could make it up, but he doesn’t have to!).