Friends and comrades – you are all, no doubt, making your own plans and have your own thoughts about what to do during the current Covid-19 outbreak.
As a performer who does not rely on gigs for a living – I am in the position of not being reliant on gigs to feed my family – and my heart goes out to those performers who are in such a tricky predicament with regards to making a decision on what to do for the best.
I have never cancelled a gig before – either as a band or as an individual performer – but the current situation calls for some drastic measures to ensure ourselves, our friends and our loved ones are not unduly exposed to onward infection at gigs.
I intend to review gigs on a fortnightly basis – and take decisions on whether to play or pull out based on current Government guidelines at the time. So I may very well have to cancel more gigs.
It breaks my heart to do this – I love performing and I hate to let people down – but these are unprecedented times and, as individuals and collectively, we need to take unprecedented actions to combat the threat.
I hope you understand. Solidarity Forever!

20th March 2020
Due to venue closures because of Covid-19, Bard Company have had to postpone 2 dates on their 'Raising The Standards' tour in April. The gig at The Red Shed in Wakefield has provisionally been re-arranged to take place on Saturday June 13th, we are still awaiting available dates to reschedule the gig at the Tudor House in Wigan

18th March 2020
Regretably I've had to cancel the 2 open mic poetry sessions that I run ('Write Out Loud', Wigan and 'Getting Gobby In The Lobby', Wakefield) for the April events. I am keeping in touch with the venues and will restart the events once the current Covid-19 situation improves - until then, please 'LIKE' the individual pages to get further updates.


18th March 2020
The 'What's Your Story, Chorley?' festival has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation - so my solo poetry spot and the Bard 2 The Bone music spot will not take place


7th February 2020
Ian will be the host of a new poetry/comedy open mic night called GETTING GOBBY IN THE LOBBY at Lobby 1867 in Wakefield. It takes place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from February 12th


20th January 2020

BARD COMPANY are adding new dates for the 'Raising The Standards Tour' which will be to highlight material from the new album - keep checking the gig guide for more details


7th January 2020

BARD COMPANY confirmed to appear on the main stage at The Wigan Diggers Festival on Saturday 12th September 2020

7th January 2020

Recording for a new CROWS OF ALBION music album will commence in March 2020


11th November 2019

New BARD COMPANY album was released on November 11th 2019. Titled 'Raising The Standards' - the boys have written all but one of the 11 tracks in collaboration with John Kettle (Merry Hell) - which pay homage to Socialist heroes as well as criticising misuse of power and the rise of Fascism. See the SHOP for more details.

11th November 2019

Bard Company have been confirmed for the 3rd year running for the Northern Green Gathering on 14th August 2020


3rd May 2019

Bard Company appeared on the 'Funny Peculiar' podcast (Issue 48 - with interviewer Jeff Downs) discussing how they started up and their influences and plans for the future - take a listen on the MUSIC & VIDEO PAGE


15th March 2019

New 110 page book of poetry launched entitled 'There Are No Angels Here'


5th March 2019

Ian will be the new host of the monthly Write Out Loud open mic poetry event at The Old Courts in Wigan - held on the second Thursday of each month

18th January 2019

Socks & Gloves & Rock & Roll CROWS OF ALBION 4 date mini-tour starts - collecting clothing, food and cash for the homeless - under the WE SHALL OVERCOME banner. £575 raised in total.


1st January 2019

BLACK & WHITE & READ ALL OVER - New 44 Track spoken word/Poetry album launched

28th September 2018


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