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Ian Boyle -Vocals and Blues Harmonica
Ian first attempted to play music in the early nineties in a small local folk band in his home town of Formby in Merseyside. Playing guitar, ukulele banjo and singing he quickly moved on to play Liverpool’s social club circuit and spent a few years fronting a cabaret band. Music then took a back seat to his career and family but he continued to enjoy listening to music and developed a love for the blues.
Ian has been playing the blues harmonica since January 2014. He has developed his playing and has managed to push the boundaries of the instrument to an extremely advanced level. Ian studied and took lessons from some of the world’s top players, which along with a huge amount of practice has led to a rapid development of his playing. In October 2018 he became The National Harmonica Leagues Blues and Rock harmonica player of the year and also the melodic harmonca player of the year.
Ian has developed a style of his own which sets him aside from other harmonica players. Although blues is his main genre he also plays folk, Irish, pop, rock and has developed a taste for beatbox which he incorporates into his harmonica playing.
Bill Hodson – Guitar/Keyboards
Brian Elmer – Bass Guitar
John Uriel – Piano/Keyboard/Flute/Guitar
John began playing piano whilst at school and although music took a back seat to his career, he always took a keen interest in bands and the music scene.
In his forties he rekindled his love for playing music and began deputising for cover bands as and when he was able to take time away from his non music career. He has become a well known figure in the Wirral music community organizing, directing and taking part in many musical productions and festivals.
John felt the time is right to make the jump to being a full time member of a band. He was attracted to the Ian Boyle Band by the quality of the musicianship within and has settled into the role of Blues piano player.
Steve Brick – Drums and Percussion