Ian Roland – Biography

Musical highlights so far …

In my early twenties I worked at Parkgate Residential Recording Studios in Catsfield and one of my jobs was to ferry recording artists around the local area in my car, which, at the time, was an old, beaten-up Ford Fiesta. Front seat passengers included Ian McCulloch (Echo & The Bunnymen), and Paul Heaton (Housemartins, Beautiful South).

Whilst at Parkgate Studio I met composer and producer, Tim Cross (keyboardist and musical director for Mike Oldfield’s ‘Five Miles Out’ album and tour; producer for Hall & Oates; The Skids; The Adverts et al) and from that point onwards we worked together for over 20 years on various musical projects for television and radio, which included: writing the music for Floella Benjamin’s ‘Hullabaloo’ and ‘Jamboree’ television series for CITV and Channel 4; contributing to two albums for blues singer, Dana Gillespie; three albums for TV Smith, lead singer of 70’s punk band, The Adverts; and we also composed various production music albums for JW Media Music, ranging from House music to Christmas Carol favourites.

Back in the mid 90’s, Tim and I also played Christmas Pantomime dates at Leatherhead Theatre, where I played George Formby’s ‘Chinese Laundry Blues’ on mandolin, while Rodney Bewes’ character, Widow Twankey, mimed! Rodney Bewes was one of the main characters in the popular 70’s BBC television sit-com, ‘Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads’, which I used to watch when I was growing up, so this was a big deal for me! 

More recently I have been working with violinist and arranger, Simon Yapp, and cellist, Brione Jackson, and in 2020 we signed a production music deal with Indiesonics, who partner with Warner Chappell and BMG, for our debut album, ‘Double Rainbow’ https://ianroland.bandcamp.com/album/double-rainbow