Former pig farmer and secret hitmaker Ian W Brown to play the Green Note

Ian W Brown

On Wednesday, 6th June, the singer-songwriter Ian W Brown will play an intimate date at the Green Note venue in Camden.

The last time Ian topped the bill in London was 1986, a year which saw a Royal Wedding (Andrew and Fergie), noxious Russia poison in the air (Chernobyl) and Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ knocked England out of the World Cup.

Fast-forward 32 years and Ian’s headlining in London, there’s been another royal wedding, Russian poison in the air and, well, you get the picture…

In between, Ian decided he stood a better chance of making a living farming pigs in Hampshire than saving the world with a song, although he kept his hand in writing songs and playing folk clubs when he could. But as farming became almost as precarious as the record business, he answered the call for Britain’s farmers to diversify by going into the music industry full time with his own record label and artist management company.

In his day job, Ian has since sold ten million albums worldwide, with another four million sales as a songwriter. As well as co-writing the lead song in the West End musical Dreamboats And Petticoats and Sandi Thom’s number one ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker’, Ian has penned songs for Fisherman’s Friends and Show of Hands; D-Side, Simon Webbe and Pixie Lott; Drumsound & Bassline Smith and Don Diablo; and for various films.

As an artist in his own right, Ian has supported 10cc, Steve Harley, Rita Coolidge, Julie Felix, Martin Simpson and Martin Cathy and has played many festivals, including Glastonbury, Cornbury, Purbeck and Greenwich.

However, his proudest moment was being able to perform his anthem to his wife ‘The Five Foot Two Inch Giant’ on the model village stage at the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival – you could make it up, but Ian really doesn’t have to!

This summer Ian returns to the road to play a few of his songs that have graced the charts and so many more that haven’t. His finely-honed everyman tales and self-deprecating musical outings are interspersed with tall tales from the music business, life, love and the universe.

Ian W Brown is the only known pig farmer to be nominated for an Ivor Novello Award.

Tickets: www.greennote.co.uk/events-page/

Artist’s website: www.ianwbrown.com

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