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Ian Babington
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Melodic,thoughtful, singer - songwriter
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A Healing
Peak position #32
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Easy Now
Peak in sub-genre #81
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Have You Seen The Lights ?
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Tinseltown
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Hi - I'm Ian, and I'm a singer/songwriter from Leicester, England. I write in a number of styles, from finger-picked folk/country tunes, to up-tempo soft rock numbers - my influences are quite varied and sometimes it shows. What I'm sure of though is that if people dip into my catalogue they should hopefully find something that they like. After some time away from music, in the last few months of 2005 I got a major dose of the writing bug, and the result was a new batch of songs to put 'out there'. These were recorded in the following January, and a number of them have since been uploaded here. THE FULL CD ALBUM, 'COMMUNICATION OVERDUE' IS NOW AVAILABLE AT CD BABY - (http://cdbaby.com/cd/babington ) "Communication..." received airplay around the world, and the momentum from that debut release allowed me to gig all around the UK. In 2008, I recorded and released a 4 song EP as one half of the duo Evangeline, and in 2009 I released my second solo album "Heartlands" which has been receiving airplay and some great reviews. It's available to buy on CD from http://ianbabington.com, can be streamed on Spotify, or individual tracks can be DOWNLOADED HERE ON SOUNDCLICK. If you like what you hear and would like to be kept up to date on shows and recordings then please join the mailing list.It'll be great to hear from you.
Band/artist history
I've been writing songs since I was sixteen, but have only been playing live for ten years. I started out playing open mic spots at the City Acoustic Club in Leicester. As well as gaining valuable experience and feedback there, I was also fortunate enough to play spots on nights where guests like Pete Morton & Robb Johnson headlined and learnt a great deal about performing and writing from such great artists. In Spring 2008 I reformed duo called Evangeline (named randomly from an Ian McNabb track-listing!) with my friend Pete Raj. Originally gigging together in the '90s we split amicably when Pete's rockier tastes meant joining up with a band called The Mile, but now he has the acoustic vibe again! Highlights have included playing a festival in Leicester, a few trips down to London, and playing with the Diesels, but I'm sure the best is still to come !! There is a CD out released early in 2006 (see above), and I'm really proud of the songs that are on there. Several of them are here on Soundclick now - I hope that you'll enjoy them - as well as some like Reunion Day that are currently only available here. We also have new Evangeline material at www.soundclick.com/evangelineduouk.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
These are my FORTHCOMING GIGS - Lots happening at the moment so please be sure to keep checking back.... PLEASE JOIN THE MAILING LIST & RECEIVE REGULAR UPDATES ON FORTHCOMING GIGS It'd be great to see you at any of these gigs!
Your musical influences
I love so much music that its hard to narrow down, but here goes.... some songs I wish I'd written and inspired me to try are Nanci Griffith - Love at the 5 & Dime, Icicle Works - Little Girl Lost,Pete Morton - Another Train, The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever, Crowded House - Fall at Your Feet, Snow Patrol - Rise, Richard & Linda Thompson - A Heart Needs A Home... So, from a Texan country singer to an Irish indie band, via the Beatles - pretty eclectic, but always melodic.
What equipment do you use?
Its just me, my voice and my acoustic guitar - no overdubs or artificial additives!
Anything else?
All recordings done at Stayfree Studios, Leicester - thanks to Kev Reverb for engineering, mixing and producing. New recordings for Heartlands (March 2009) took place at Musoplex in Oldbury, West Midlands 'TINSELTOWN' - Download available here at soundclick, or at indiestore....all proceeds to cancer support charity in Dudley, England. Many thanks for your support.
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