Ian Parker

Ian Parker

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Ian Parker (born in Irvine, North Ayrshire on 26 November 1953) is a Scottish keyboard player.

He showed a natural ability to play the piano from a very early age. He started piano lessons when he was seven. His early influences were The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Stax and Atlantic Soul. In 1969 he played in the school rock band "Timor Mortis" playing covers of such artistes as Deep Purple, Cream and Black Sabbath. Other members of the band were Andy Baird vocals, Alan Aitken guitar, Davie Stafford bass and Ian 'Mub' McKinnon drums. This led to him forming a gigging band, 'Duck', playing clubs and pubs. Its members were Alan Aitken, Mub McKinnon, and Leo Bingham, bass and vocals.

He attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow between 1972-1975 and obtained D.R.S.A.M. qualifications. He then moved down to London where he played with the house band at the Hammersmith Palais. This led to him joining the Tom Robinson Band, recording the album TRB Two and touring the UK, U.S., Canada and Japan.

In the late eighties he joined Clannad recording the albums Past Present, Anam, Banba, Lore and Landmarks.

The early nineties saw him touring with the likes of Elkie Brooks, Killing Joke and Joan Armatrading, and this was also the time he joined The Hollies[1] for whom he still plays keyboard.

During 1994 and 1995 he recorded a solo album, Count the Waves.


  1. Unterberger, Richie; Eder, Bruce. [Ian Parker at All Music Guide Biography: The Hollies]. AMG. Retrieved on 16 May 2010.
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