Ian Carr (guitarist)

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Ian Carr
Genres Celtic music, English folk music, fusion, Northumbrian folk music, Scandinavian folk music, world music
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Years active 1987–present
Labels Various
Associated acts Karen Tweed, Swåp, Kathryn Tickell Band, Kate Rusby Band, Eilidh Shaw, Two Duos Quartet, Wood and Cutting (Chris Wood and Andy Cutting), John McCusker, Heidi Talbot
Website www.iancarrguitar.com

Ian Carr is an English guitarist and producer from Yorkshire, who has performed with Swåp and The Kate Rusby Band.[1]

He learned to play mouth organ at the age of three before going on to learn piano, piano accordion and rock guitar at the age of 13, since when he's developed his highly original style of accompaniment. He cites one of his many influences as Peerie Willie Johnson.[2]

Until the late 1990s, Carr was a part of The Kathryn Tickell Band. He performs and records with amongst others Eddi Reader. He plays a Collings acoustic guitar in both standard and dropped-D tunings.[3]

Selected discography[edit]


  • Who He? - Ian Carr & The Various Artists (2013) Dalakollektivets

With Others[edit]

  • Syncopace – Syncopace (1990) Black Crow Records CRO CD 226
  • The Kathryn Tickell BandThe Kathryn Tickell Band (1991)
  • Hootz! - Ian Carr and Simon Thoumire (1990) Black Crow Records CRO CD 225
  • Signs – The Kathryn Tickell Band (1993) Black Crow Records CRO CD 230
  • Shhh – Ian Carr & Karen Tweed (1995)
  • Fyace – Ian Carr & Karen Tweed (1997) Fyasco FYASCD001
  • The Gathering – The Kathryn Tickell Band (1997) Park Records PRKCD39
  • SWÅPSwåp (1997) Amigo AMCD735
  • Hourglass – Kate Rusby (1997) Pure Records PRCD02
  • The Northumberland Collection – Kathryn Tickell and friends (1998) Park Records PRKCD42
  • Cowsong – Kate Rusby (1998) Pure Records PRCD04
  • [Sic] – Swåp (1999) NorthSide NSD6042
  • Half As Happy As We – The Two Duos Quartet (1999) Ruf Records RUFCD07
  • Knock JohnChris Wood and Andy Cutting (1999) Ruf Records RUFCD08
  • Sleepless – Kate Rusby (1999) Pure Records PRCD06
  • Little Lights – Kate Rusby (2001) Pure Records PRCD07
  • Mosquito Hunter – Swåp (2002) Amigo AMCD750
  • One Roof Under – Andy Cutting & Karen Tweed (2002) Fyasco records FYC004
  • Faerd – Faerd (2002) Tutl SHD55
  • Heartlands – Kate Rusby and John McCusker (2003) Pure Records PRCD11
  • Underneath the stars – Kate Rusby (2003) Pure Records PRCD12
  • 'Eddi Reader Sings The Songs Of Robert Burns"(Eddi Reader (2003 )Rough Trade RTRADCDX097
  • Step on it! – Ian Carr & Niklas Roswall (2003) Drone Music AB DROCD035
  • Du Da – Swåp (2005) NorthSide NSD6085
  • 'Blackwater", Kris Drever (2006) Reveal Records REVEAL12P
  • 'Peacetime", Eddi Reader( 2007) Rough Trade RTRADCD233
  • Awkward Annie – Kate Rusby (2007) Pure Records PRCD23
  • Before the Ruin - Drever, McCusker & Woomble (2008) Navigator Records NAVIGATOR1
  • Hold Your HorsesElla Edmondson (2009) Monsoon MONMUCD001
  • Mark the Hard Earth - Kris Drever (2010) Navigator Records NAVIGATOR30
  • Levande - Sofia Karlsson (2010)
  • He Thinks He`s Invisible - Ian Carr and Simon Thoumire (2013) Foot Stompin'
  • Vagabond - Eddi Reader (2014)
  • 'Regnet Faller Utan Oss", Sofia Karlsson


  1. ^ Ian Carr biography on Under One Sky
  2. ^ BBC Virtual Sessions Ian Carr Biography
  3. ^ Swimming Upstream. Profile of Celtic guitarist Ian Carr. Acoustic Guitar October 2000, No. 94

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