Ian Haug

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Ian Haug
Ian Haug at the Across the Great Divide Tour in Sydney, 2007.
Background information
Born (1970-02-21) 21 February 1970 (age 47)[1]
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Origin Brisbane, Australia
Genres Indie rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1989–present
Labels Polydor, Universal
Associated acts Powderfinger
Far Out Corporation
The Predators
The Church

Ian Haug (born 21 February 1970) is an Australian musician best known for being the lead guitarist, songwriter, and backing vocalist in the rock band Powderfinger from its formation in 1989 until its breakup in 2010. He is presently a member of The Church.


Main article: Powderfinger

Powderfinger was formed in 1989 by vocalist and guitarist Ian Haug, bass guitarist John Collins and drummer Steven Bishop,[2] who took their band's name from the Neil Young song "Powderfinger".[3][4] Before the band's formation, Haug had played in other Brisbane-based outfits.[5] The band later sought an extra guitarist, Bernard Fanning, who Haug had met in a university class.[6] Fanning took over the role of lead vocals from Haug, and at the same time Jon Coghill joined, replacing Bishop.[7] Powderfinger's final line-up change came with the addition of guitarist Darren Middleton.[3] The line-up of Coghill, Collins, Fanning, Haug and Middleton has remained unchanged since 1992.[8]

Far Out Corporation[edit]

Haug and Grant McLennan formed the Far Out Corporation in 1996 and made one record - and performed a handful of shows to critical acclaim. During a hiatus (2004–2006) in Powderfinger's career, Haug worked on a side project, The Predators, with Collins and original Powderfinger member Steven Bishop on drums and vocals. During all live Predators shows Ross Mclennan played drums while Steven Bishop stepped to the front of the stage. In April 2010, Powderfinger announced it would disband after their final tour in September–October.

The Predators[edit]

In 2004, Powderfinger decided to take some time off to allow the band members to begin families and pursue side projects. In this downtime Haug formed The Predators with the original Powderfinger lineup of drummer/vocalist Steven Bishop and bassist John Collins. The band, like the other side projects for Powderfinger, was signed to the Dew Process record label. The Predators released a six track EP in 2006 and were joined live by drummer Ross McLennan.

In 2007, Haug reunited with Powderfinger to release their sixth studio album Dream Days at the Hotel Existence. They followed with their seventh studio album, Golden Rule in 2009. In April 2010, Powderfinger announced it would disband after their final tour in September–October.

The Church[edit]

In 2013, following the departure of guitarist Marty Willson-Piper, Haug joined Australian band The Church and during the early parts of 2014 they recorded an album, Further/Deeper, which was released in October 2014 and toured in Australia in the latter part of that year. Haug then toured with the band in the United States in February 2015.

Awards and nominations[edit]

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[9]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2004 Powderfinger – Bernard Fanning, Jon Coghill, Haug, Darren Middleton, John Collins Songwriter of the Year[10] Won
"On My Mind" – Bernard Fanning, Darren Middleton, John Collins, Haug, Jon Coghill Most Performed Australian Work[11] Nominated
2008 "Lost and Running" – Jon Coghill, John Collins, Bernard Fanning, Haug, Darren Middleton Song of the Year[12] Nominated
Most Played Australian Work[13] Nominated


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  2. ^ "Powderfinger - The Band". BBC h2g2. 13 February 2002. Retrieved 25 October 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Sharpe-Young, Gary (25 September 2006). "Powderfinger biography". Rockdetector. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Munro, Kelsey (November 2001). "Internationalists". JUICE Magazine. 
  5. ^ "Band history". Powderfinger Central. 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "Bernard Fanning biography". Hindley Site. Retrieved 24 October 2007. 
  7. ^ Budden, Matt (14 May 1996). "Powder Pick Up To Cure All Your Allergies.". Concrete Press. 
  8. ^ "Powderfinger profile". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 October 2007. 
  9. ^ "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "2004 Winners - APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Nominations 2004". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Nominations for Song of the Year - 2008". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Most Played Australian Work - 2009". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 September 2010.