Ian Parker Band 10th December 2010

An outstanding acoustic blues guitarist, Ian Parker is also a singer-songwriter of considerable flair. In this video he performs one of his songs, ‘Through The Valleys’, with his regular backing band.

Born in 1976 in Birmingham, England, he was brought up in nearby Stourbridge. Inspired by The Beatles, he began playing guitar at the age of 8 and his interest in music flourished during his teenage years when he began to focus heavily on electric guitar after hearing the music of Jimi Hendrix and Cream. He became passionately interested in the blues, studying the music and its history at every opportunity.

He turned professional following completion of a degree in psychology and he recorded his debut album in 2003, ‘Inside’, for the German blues label Ruf. He went on to release a further three albums and two live DVDs through the company.

He sees his influences as far-ranging, his music largely maintaining a balance between his song-writing and his blues guitar playing. His most recent recording (2010), a five track EP called Demons and Doubters was released through Equator and marked a subtle change in direction towards a more mainstream guitar-led singer-songwriter identity.

Video by Band on the Wall AV Unit, filmed on 10 December 2010.