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Ian started playing the accordion at school when he was 12 and playing for dances with his own band at the age of 14. In 1974 he joined McBains Band, one of the South's most popular Scottish Country Dance Bands. Work with McBains included two broadcasts for Radio Scotland, a series of country dance programmes for schools with the BBC, the Royal Ballet School, including a performance on stage at Covent Garden, as well as regularly playing for Scottish country dancing in the South East of England.

In 1986 Ian formed his own band and the nucleus of Craigellachie emerged. Ian is also interested in composition and many of his compositions have been published .

Ian is currently employed as the Senior Schools Adviser with Reading Local Authority. Prior to this he was Head of the Performing Arts Faculty in a Basingstoke comprehensive school principally teaching music, but also drama and art.

Away from music and education Ian's interests include sailing, railways and gardening.



Ian Muir

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Early days with McBain’s Band at the Royal Albert Hall