Ciaran Dorris on his Sunday Session this week has as his special guest ‘castaway’ the renowned singer-songwriter Ian Walker.
It was back in the early 1960s, during visits to the Glasgow Folk Centre, that Ian first sang live and ultimately cut his teeth before venturing out as a regular club and festival performer in the 1970s.
By the end of the decade, Ian had developed a passion for songwriting and subsequent years saw original songs like “Hawks And Eagles” and the Robert Burns-inspired “Some Hae Meat” covered by other artists as well as the inclusion of a number of compositions in a variety of songbooks.
1985 saw the release of Ian’s long-awaited debut album ‘Roses In December’ which was followed two years later by ‘Flying High’ – the latter winning the Folk And Country Music category in the prestigious Music Retailers Awards in London the next year.
In 1987, Ian chose to team up with fellow Glaswegian singer-songwriter Ian Bruce, to record a handful of songs and, whilst the writing partnership only lasted four years initially, the pair have since teamed up on Ian’s well-received 2010 release ‘Singing The River’ – an album which saw Bruce in the producer’s chair.
The album was nominated for the 2011 British Country Music Association Awards and, on the back of this success, the two Ians are currently in the process of recording a duo album set for release early next year.
During the hiatus of working with his colleague, Ian continued to write, record and perform on a solo basis whilst collaborating with the likes of Scots/Irish band Setanta as well as country gospel singer Jimmy Scott as one half of the long-standing Christian folk act Vangel.
Ciaran Dorris Sunday Session, Sunday 8 December 5.00-7.00pm.