band named by Ian as Ears was
formed as a kind of Scottish "supergroup".
Unfortunately the record business at that time
was firmly established in London only and Ears
was short lived. Whilst at school Ian became
a member of a local Edinburgh based blues band.
It was a four piece, consisting of guitar, bass,
drums and a singer who played blues harmonica.
This band, East West, quickly
became well known and very well respected throughout
Scotland. Practically all the major visiting
English bands were supported by East West.
These included John Mayall's Blues Band, Tony
Williams Lifetime (feat. Jack Bruce and John
McLoughlin), Rory Gallagher, Argent and many