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Ian Bell

Ian Bell was raised in the small farming community of Waterford, Ontario and continues to live and work in that area, along the north shore of Lake Erie.

Almost always a part-time musician, Ian has none-the-less performed professionally across Canada and in the United States for over a quarter century. On his own, and with a number of ensembles (including Muddy York with Anne Lederman) he has appeared at folk festivals (Winnipeg, Mariposa, Edmonton, Ottawa, Yellowknife, Owen Sound, Lunenberg , Montmagny, and others) and in concerts in every sort of venue. Ian also performed for two weeks in the Folklife Pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver, BC. In 1993 Ian was named "Folk Artist in Residence" for that year at Joseph Schneider Haus Museum, in Kitchener, Ontario. As well as performing on his own, Ian is also currently a member of The Allison Lupton Band and since 2006 has assumed the roll of ”the new kid” in the legendary Friends of Fiddlers Green.
Ian performs material from a large repertoire that includes both Canadian traditional music and his own songs and instrumental compositions. Ian’s original songs have been performed and recorded by: Anne Lederman, Ian Robb, Bobby Watt, Allison Lupton, Lee Murdock and others.
As a freelance broadcaster, Ian has worked on many occasions with Stuart McLean on CBC Radio's Vinyl Café. Ian has co-written and served as musical director for five Vinyl Café concert broadcasts. Between 1998 and 2005 Ian was a regular contributor to the weekend Fresh Air program on CBC radio. Prior to that Ian was a freelance contributor to other CBC programs including Ideas, Gabereau, Crossroads, Metro Morning, and Radio Noon. He also appeared numerous times on Peter Gzowski's Morningside.
Ian has also contributed to many film scores, and regularly performed period music for the 1980s TV series, The Road to Avonlea.
In 2004 Ian performed as part of the "Roots of American Music" Festival at Lincoln Centre in New York City. In July 2005 Ian travelled to Estonia with long-time collaborator Anne Lederman to perform at the Viljandi Folk Festival. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist (guitar, button accordion, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, pipes) Ian appears on dozens of recordings as sideman as well as several under his own name.
Following the release of three CDs of well-received original songs, Ian has returned to his roots with a new recording of traditional songs and tunes – My Pious Friends and Drunken Companions. Ian was joined on this project by many musical friends including Geoff Somers, Anne Lederman, Oliver Schroer, Denis Rondeau, Shane Cook, The Bilge Rats and James Gordon.

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