As part of Aria award winning Blues trio Collard Greens and Gravy, singer and Harmonica player Ian Collard has established himself as one of Australia’s leading blues artists. Attracted to the harmonica at an early age Ian found himself drawn to the music of Harmonica greats such as Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and Sonny Terry and to the world of the Blues that inspired him to pursue a life in music.
As well as winning an ARIA award for Best Blues and roots CD for their 2001 release “More Gravy” Collard Greens and Gravy have won several awards including runners up in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis TN in 2001, the band since their formation in 1995 have released five albums, all garnering awards in the blues scene.
Currently as well as his work with Collard Greens and Gravy Ian also performs with another of Australia’s leading blues bands, the Backsliders, who’s latest album “Starvation Box” was nominated last year for an Aria award for best Blues and roots release. His harmonica playing can also be heard on albums by Australian artists Claire Bowditch, Jeff Lang and Ash Grunwald,
In 2012 Ian sang and played harmonica with the Australian Ballet as part of their 50th birthday celebration in the Ballet Swee dee dee.