2018/2019 TOUR DATES



Hi everyone,

work has commenced on the follow up to Star Smile Strong.

The album sees Ian reuniting with his friends from Cold Shoulder - Andy Lord-Ashton and Christopher Kearney. Ian, Andy and Chris have collaborated on two albums so far 'Eclectic Warrior' and 'Krugerrands' both of which focus on the heavier side of Ian's music, a stripped down, as-recorded-live two guitars, bass and drums set up, very reminiscent of Ian's work with Crazy Horse in the mid-nineties. Both albums featured different drummers and in this tradition the man on the kit this time around will be Steve 'Smiley' Barnard. Steve's list of achievements include playing on records and performing live with Robbie Williams, Joe Strummer and The Mescalaros (which he followed Ged Lynch into - another drummer Ian has worked with), The Mock Turtles, From The Jam and The Alarm. Steve is currently touring Europe with French band Archive. Ian and Steve were brought together by their mutual late friend BBC Radio Wales DJ Alan Thompson. The new album will be dedicated to his memory.

The album will be a largely hard rock affair but will feature some diversions along the way as Ian continues to evolve in his songwriting and choice of musical pallets.

Some titles for you to savour in anticipation; Supermoon, Reeperbahn, The Day I Learned To Say No, Vodka Rivers And Cigarette Trees, Makin' Silver Sing, Medicated Emma, Girls From Across The Water, Our Future In Space.

The album is being recorded in Liverpool with Chris Taylor producing/engineering. Chris worked on both previous McNabb/Cold Shoulder recordings.

By pre-ordering the album you enable (!) Ian to finance the recording, artwork, mastering and manufacturing of the album.

Star Smile Strong is Ian's most successful album in twenty years and he intends to continue this purple patch which was also in evidence on The Icicle Works' recent tour - their longest, and as many who witnessed will conclude, best for many years.

As with SSS all pre-orders will automatically enter you for the Golden Ticket lottery, whereby Ian will come to your home to perform a solo acoustic concert at a time mutually suitable to both parties (This offer only applies to UK residents).

All things being equal the new album should drop through your letterbox in April 2018 . The album will not be available through any high street or online outlets, nor any streaming services. All copies will be personally signed by Ian.

We hope you are as excited by this news as we are.

Keep on rockin'!

Team McNabb.

NEW - Merseybeast Audio Book

Good news - the long out of print McNabb autobiography 'Merseybeast' is back in a brand new audio book format.

Ian took himself into the studio earlier this year and recorded this 10 hour opus for your listening pleasure.

Limited supplies of this firestick / memory stick release are available which will come boxed with artwork and signed personally by Ian.


Price includes postage

Get digital downloads via bandcamp


The majority of Ian's catalogue (including Star Smile Strong and the extremely rare 'Boots' set) is now available in hi-res digital down load via bandcamp - follow the link for details!

New Album - Star Smile Strong - Out Now


Hello music lovers!

Star Smile Strong is here!!

My last album of all original material was Eclectic Warrior (2013). Apart from one new tune Gravy, you have had re-recordings of old songs and covers since then. I have amassed a wealth of new material and feel the songs on this new album are probably the best I have written to date.

It was great to get in the studio with Mathew Priest, Richard Naiff and Roy Corkill and record with them. Ciaron Bell (Great Things, Little Episodes, Eclectic Warrior, Respectfully Yours) has again produced.

I have been playing with these guys for over ten years as the Ian McNabb Band and The Icicle Works but we still haven't made a record together - until now.

The album also includes a tune which I have co-written with Ralph Molina (Crazy Horse) called This Love I Feel For You which we're both very pleased with, along with guest appearances by Prof. Brian Cox and my good friend Chris Sharrock.

Many thanks for your continued support, I honestly cannot do this without you and me and my dear old mum (82) love you all and thank you for keeping us in McNabb Towers.

All together now "Star, Smile, Strong!"

IMc x

'Respectfully Yours' - The Covers Album



Changes (Black Sabbath)
Pocahontas (Neil Young)
Run To Me (Bee Gees)
Baltimore (Randy Newman)
Life On Mars? (David Bowie)
The Killing Moon (Echo And The Bunnymen)
Montague Terrace In Blue (Scott Walker)
Memory Motel (Rolling Stones)
The Crystal Ship (Doors)
Time Ain't Nothin' (Green On Red)

Many thanks for your patronage, it isn't taken lightly trust me. IMc February 2016

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