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Last update: 27th October 2014

Ian Powrie (1923-2011) was born at Strathardle, near Blairgowrie in Perthshire. His father, Will Powrie, was an accomplished melodeon player, and recorded several excellent sides for Beltona during the early 1930s, and some with his very young son Ian in 1933. At age twelve Ian was playing in his father's dance band, but on piano accordion! In 1949 he formed his first band, this time playing fiddle while his brother Bill played accordion. Some of Ian Powrie's recordings are listed below.

LPs


Ian Powrie The Ian Powrie Band Show (Waverley ZLP 2058, 1965)

Side One:
Loch Earn/The Blackberry Bush/Far Frae Hame; The Flower of the Quern; Lochaber Gathering/Tam Bain's Lum; Harmonica Tricks; Dr Bob Smith/Rosedale/Portree Bay; The Heather on the Hills; Dr Morrison's Seven Thistles/Edinburgh Castle
Side Two:
St Johnstoun Reel/Lass o' Patie's Mill/Dr Robertson's Reel; Bandboys; Eilidh/Leaving Stornoway/Sine Bhan; Seaside Schottische; Dr Ross's 50th Welcome to the Argyllshire Gathering/Sweet Maid of Mull; Bovaglie's Plaid; The Marchioness of Huntly/Cape Wrath/Stornoway Castle/My Pretty Maid

Ian Powrie (fiddle), Jimmy Blue (accordion), Mickie Ainsworth (accordion), Pam Brough (piano and vocal), Dave Barclay (bass), Arthur Easson (drums)

Ian Powrie Ian Powrie On Stage (Waverley ZLP 2066, 1966)

Side One:
Merry Boys of Greenland/Willafijord/Leveneep Head; The Peat Fire Flame; Coilsfield House; Edgfauld House/Ballochmyle Brig/The Rookery; Wee Willie Winkie; Spic and Span; Old Maid in a Garret; James McInnes Esq/Pottinger's Reel
Side Two:
Stool of Repentance/David Ross/The Irish Washerwoman; He's Aye Kissing Me; triste Sourire; Miss Graham of Inchbraikie; Shetland Two-Step; The Road to the Isles; The Bonnie Lass of Bon-Accord

Ian Powrie (fiddle), Jimmy Blue (accordion), Mickie Ainsworth (accordion), Pam Brough (piano and vocal), Dave Barclay (bass), Arthur Easson (drums)
with Bill McCue (vocals) and Sheila Paton (vocals)

Ian Powrie Friday Night Barn Dance (Waverley ZLP 2082, 1966)

Side One:
Gay Gordons/Earl of Dalhousie; Queen mary; Johnny has Gone for a Soldier; Circassian Circle/Shetland Fiddler/The Peerie Hoose; Exactly Like You/Hello Dolly/Yellow Rose of Texas; Sandy's Holiday
Side Two:
Dashing White Sergeant/Babes In the Wood/O'er the Hills; I'll Gang Nae Mair/Greenwoodside/Corriechoillie; The Last Thing on my Mind; Leaving Lismore/I Left My Dearie/Gorrie Grobham's Galley/Morag of Dunvegan; Skip to my Lou; My Love She's But a Lassie Yet/Persian Dance/Coronation March; Bonnie Maggie Tamson; Blaydon Races/Nelly Gray

Ian Powrie and his Band with
Anne & Laura Brand, Pibroch MacKenzie, Bobby Colgan and Jean Brooks. Recorded live at Beanston Mains Farm, Haddington, June 1966.

Ian Powrie Ian Powrie's Farewell to Scotland (Waverley ZLP 2087, 1967)

Side One:
Ian Powrie's Farewell to Scotland; The Crusader's March/Lyndhurst; Tarholm Brig/Craighall/Stirling Castle/Locheil's Welcome to Glasgow; Margaret-Anne Robertson; The Tushker/St Ann's/Callum Donaldson/Dancing the Baby; The Braes of Breadalbane/Dora MacLeod/Campbelltown Kiltie Ball; Mull of the Cold, High Bens
Side Two:
West Kirkton/Echoes of Oban; Mrs Adie/Loch Ordie; Silver City Waltz; The Duke of Perth/The Gadie Rins/Caddam Wood; Gloomy Winter; John Carmichael's Farewell to Scotland; The Skyline of Skye

Ian Powrie and his Band

Ian Powrie The Best of the Ian Powrie Band (Talisman STAL 5001, c1968)

Side One:
St Johnstoun Reel/Lass o' Patie's Mill/Dr Robertson's Reel; Margaret-Anne Robertson; The Lochaber Gathering/Tam Bain's Lum; Stool of Repentance/David Ross/The Irish Washerwoman; Bandboys; Bonnie Lass o' Bon-Accord
Side Two:
The Tushker/St Ann's/Callum Donaldson/Dancing the Baby; Gloomy Winter; Silver City Waltz; Old Maid in a Garret; The Flower of the Quern; Merry Boys of Greenland/Willafijord/Leveneep Head

Ian Powrie (fiddle), Jimmy Blue (accordion), Mickie Ainsworth (accordion), Pam Brough (piano and vocal), Dave Barclay (bass), Arthur Easson (drums)

Ian Powrie When Auld Friends Meet (Waverley SZLP 2137, 1974)

Side One:
Jimmy Shand's Comps to Ian Powrie/10th HLI Crossing the Rhine; Big Dougal/margaret's Fancy/Carnie's Canter; 79th's Farewell to Gibralter; Bonnie Isle of Gletness/Sunset Over Foula/Rana's Voe; Atholl & Breadalbane Gathering/Lord Elgin of Broomhall; O Gin I Were a Baron's Heir
Side Two:
St Andrew's Parade/Harveston Castle/Breadalbane Reel/Bobby Watson; Bill Black's Mirk/John Stephen of Chance Inn/Ian Powrie's Comps to Willie Hunter; Maclean of Pennycross/Sprig of Ivy; Soft Lowland Tongue/Annie Laurie/My Nannie's Awa'/I Lo'ed Nae a Lassie but Ane; Aunice Gillies's Farewell to Loch Gilphead/John Bain Mackenzie; My Ain Folk

Ian Powrie (fiddle), Jimmy Shand (accordion, melodeon), Pam Brough (piano), Dave Barclay (bass), Arthur Easson (drums)

Ian Powrie His Fiddle and his Friends (Waverley SZLP 2144, 1975)

Side One:
Flowers of Edinburgh/The Spinning Wheel; A Piper's Prayer; Miss Laura Andrews/Ian Powrie's Comps to Angus Fitchet; The Music of Spey; Soir de Paris; Arran Hills; Millbrae/Mickie Ainsworth/The Dawn Hornpipe/Jean's Reel
Side Two:
Loch Maree/Ian Powrie's Comps to Sir Thomas Wardle/Murdo's Wedding; Leila/The Massacre of Glencoe; Mrs Ian Powrie of West Kirkton/Angus Fitchet's Comps to Ian Powrie/Lady Charlotte Campbell; Beverley Wood; McNeil of Ugadale/Mrs and Mrs Alec Ross; The Earl of Dalhousie; Waltzing Matilda

Ian Powrie (fiddle), John Huband (accordion), Pam Brough (piano, organ), Stan Saunders (bass), Billy Thom (drums), Frank Henery (guitar)

Ian Powrie At Home (Grassmere GRALP 27, 1988)

Side One:
Ian Powrie's Comps to Sir Thomas Wardle/Jimmy Shand's Welcome to Corrieburn; A Lass from Glasgow Town/Lunan Bay/Mary Shaw; Sir Kenneth Alexander/The Clan McColl; Mrs Hamilton of Pencaitland; Scotty Wilson/Donald MacLellan of Rothesay; Jimmy and Mickie; The Wild Flowers of Barra; Highland Cathedral
Side Two:
Gaelic Reel/In the Gloamin'/Tigh Na Gorm; Mackworth/Kemmel Hill; Catherine & John Fraser's Diamond Wedding; The Old Scottish Waltz; Kenny Thomson's Comps to Ian Powrie/A Tribute to Stan Hamilton/Peerie Willie; Ellenbrook/The Black Boy/Georgina Catherine MacDonald/C M Hall; Annie's Song/Country Roads/Thank God I'm a Country Boy; The Crags of Tumbledown Mountain

Ian Powrie (fiddle), Jimmy Blue (accordion), Mickie Ainsworth (accordion), Joan Blue (piano), Paul Clancy (piano), Dave Barclay (bass), Jack Cooper (drums), James Lindsay (synthesiser)

Ian Powrie Legend of the Fiddle: The IanPowrie Story (1996)

The Ainsworth March/The Laird Of Thrums/Andy Renwick's Ferret; The Banks Of Locheil/Duncan Johnstone; The Provost Of Forgandenny/Jimmy's Aye Diggin'/Sands Of Murness/Billy Thom's Reel; Lady Elizabeth; Willie Atkinson/Leila's Garden/Captain Keeler; The Dark Island; Memories Of Bobby MacLeod/Christina McNair Caskie; Margaret's Waltz/Heather Blossom Special; Alex MacArthur Of Biggar/Lady Charlotte Campbell/Peerie Willie; Our Highland Queen; The Cambridge Hornpipe/Hoo Dinnae Ye Mair/The Morayers/The Laird Of Corrieburn; Briony; David John Powrie/Calum John Builder; Will Powrie, The Angus Ploughman; Back To The Hills/Catchin' Rabbits; Lament For Will Starr/The Auchterarder; Rural Jig/ Margaret Cook's Fancy/The Ainster Fisherman


Singles, EPs

Year Title Label
1957 Bothy Ballads for the Gay Gordons
The Barnyards Of Delgaty/Macfarlane O' The Sprots O' Burnieboozie/The Bonnie Lass O' Bon-Accord
Parlophone
45-R 4386
1957 The Letham Ladies Strathsepy
The Letham Ladies/The Balintore Fishermen
Parlophone
45-R 4386
1959 Cock A Bendie
George Ross's Farewell to the Black Watch/Mrs H L Macdonald of Dunach
Parlophone
45-R 4615
1959 Scottish Waltz
Road to Dundee/The Skerry Song/The Wells o' Wearie/The Glens of Angus
Parlophone
45-R 4615
1961
The Scottish Soldier Pipe Medley
The Green Hills of Tyrol/Lochanside/The Battle Is O'er
Parlophone
45-R 4784
1961
The Black Bear Medley
The Black Bear/The Hawk That Swoops On High/The Battle of the Somme/The Black Bear/The Ale Is Dear
Parlophone
45-R 4784
1962
The Old Rustic Bridge
The Old Rustic Bridge/Lord Lovat's Lament/The Rowan Tree
Parlophone
45-R 4940
1962
Kiss Me Quick
Kiss Me Quick/The Down Express/The Lass o' Gowrie
Parlophone
45-R 4940
1963
The Dark Island
The Dark Island/Unknown Strathspey/Unknown Reel
Parlophone
R 5053
1963
Ian MacFadyen's Polka
Parlophone
R 5053
1963
Kingussie Flower
Kingussie Flower/Norman Whitelaw/Bonnie Malley Lee
Parlophone
R 5087
1963
Waltz Medley
Parlophone
R 5087

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