A native of Dunshaughlin Co. Meath, Ian began playing drums and bodhran at 14 years of age. By 21 Ian studied for a year with renowned Dublin drummer Mark Grist going from the basics of the 26 American Rudiments right through to the interdependence of jazz and Afro Cuban patterns. Ian recorded and toured with Irish band ‘The West 70’s’ and has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Ronan Keating, Brendan Grace, Carlos Nunez, Donal Lunny, Mairtin O’ Connor and Michael Mc Goldrick. In 2007 Ian played bodhran in an ensemble of commissioned music for the Ryder Cup opening and closing ceremonies. Ian is currently drummer/percussionist and Bodhran player with River dance and has toured North and Central America with the show. When not touring he works as a freelance musician while also working on his debut album.
I was looking for drum lessons that would cover not only the technique but also all the styles of music that makes drumming great. Marks obvious mastery of the instrument combined with a wisdom that can only be gained by years on the professional circuit offer that and much more. I always think that people who are passionate about what they do make the best teachers and Mark in certainly that. Informal yet informative and at a reasonable price. I’d recommend the drum shed to anyone.