Ian Reid

Ian Reid is a singer-songwriter living in his hometown of Rockwood, Ontario. Ian has a passion for a good story and the poignancy of everyday life in small communities. Ian’s songwriting reflects what we can and can’t change and often leaves listeners remarking on the parallels to his lyrics with their own lives.

As English writer Tom Marshall put it, “Listening to Ian’s music is like catching up with an old friend; his voice recalls memories we all share, and you just want to be there too.” He “captures moments of truth in bubbles of music that float so easily in your mind” says Irish songwriter Jimmy Bowens. He weaves these little moments into melodies and chords. His music has also been described as “Neil Young crossed with the playfulness of Jonathan Richman.”

Ian has a uniquely engaging and entertaining stage presence and an ability to  connect with his audiences. He loves to augment his voice, guitar, and ukulele with quirky anecdotes from home and abroad.

Ian’s song ‘Art Girl’ was picked up by the Korean label Polyphone and can be heard on a compilation album entitled “Songs of the Wayfarer” alongside artists such as American folk icon Peggy Seeger and Academy Award winning songwriter Glen Hansard (2006).

Since returning from years of overseas teaching in 2008, Ian has played over 300 shows, earning much respect from his musical peers and fans alike. He has won songwriting awards in South Korea, Guelph and Kitchener. “Patsy’s Place” is one of the most popular songs played on CBC Radio.

Ian has shared billing with James Gordon, Wendell Ferguson, Ashley MacIssac, Danny Michel, Blair Packham (the Jitters), Astrid Young, Ray Materick, and has opened for John Mann (Spirit of the West), Bob Wiseman, Tom Wilson (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), Bob Egan (Wilco, Blue Rodeo),  Andy White and Lynn Miles.

A highlight of his career to date, in 2011 Ian performed at the Summerfolk Festival in Owen Sound alongside Lorne Elliott, David Francey, and James Hill.

In March, 2012 Ian will be releasing his third album “Lucky Devil”, and plans are underway for a fourth album to be released early in 2013.

Elora music events coordinator/promoter, Claire McElhinney, spoke of Ian as ‘the most engaging singer/songwriter since Ron Sexsmith first appeared on the music scene.  To see Ian in performance is to be utterly charmed.”