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Ian McMillan / Bio

I've been playing guitar for 46 years, fingerstyle acoustic is my specialty. Folk, blues, jazz, any way that I can bring beautiful sounds out of a guitar. I was into the music scene back in the sixties & seventies, but I had seen how some of my musician friends in my hometown Toronto bounced around from gig to gig in small towns for very little money & I wanted to explore Canada. So I played occasionally solo, for very little money, but usually around coffee tables & campfires with friends. Then in the eighties I was busy trying to make a living as a photographer in Vancouver and as a sales contractor in multiple ventures...none were seriously successful. Although, I always had a guitar within 30 feet of me at home wherever I lived. But I got out of touch with the music scene because I was either working or broke. I was always reasonably fit & healthy until I had driven a taxi for a year, and then my bad habits caught up with me and I got diagnosed with arthritis, disk disease, diabetes & copd, and even more. My doctor told me to stop working but it took two years before I did. I thought this would be the opportunity to finally do something with my music. But I learned that if you don't work, you dont have much money & you can't afford much fun...although physically I just couldn't spend late nights in bars anymore anyway. So I've been working on teaching myself how to record in my bachelor apartment so that I can leave my musical legacy behind...as in my song Before I Go. I have reached my first goal of just getting my music online in cyberspace to live forever. I think it's pretty cool that people from all over the world are listening to and enjoying my music. A lot of these songs were recorded by trial-and-error. There might be some recording errors, or finger flubs or me forgetting my own lyrics. That means that these aren't studio-quality recordings but my homegrown music that I hope can live forever instead of dying like tears in the rain.

General Info

Band Members
Ian McMillan - guitars, bass, vocals
Artist Name
Ian McMillan
Home Page
Active Since
Folk / Fingerstyle/Blues/Acoustic/Mellow

Contact Info

Victoria, BC, CA