Ian McNabb

Born Nov 3, 1960

Robert Ian McNabb is a British singer-songwriter and musician from Liverpool, England. He is known both for his work as leader and songwriter-in-chief of The Icicle Works in the 1980s, and his critically acclaimed solo career throughout from the early 1990s to date. He has also played with musicians as diverse as Ringo Starr, Crazy Horse, Mike Scott, and Danny Thompson of folk legends Pentangle.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ian McNabb.


1960 Birth Born on November 3, 1960.


1974 13 Years Old McNabb's first musical performance was playing You're Sixteen at Fairfield Conservative Club in Liverpool in 1974. … Read More
1976 15 Years Old McNabb quit Young World near the end of 1976 and joined an all male teen cabaret group called City Lights. … Read More
1980 19 Years Old McNabb became the lead vocalist and songwriter for the band, which was founded in 1980 and named "The Icicle Works". … Read More


1981 20 Years Old During 1981, McNabb auditioned for the role of Barry Grant in Brookside but was unsuccessful. … Read More
1988 27 Years Old The original line-up of The Icicle Works broke up in 1988.
1989 28 Years Old McNabb put together a new "second generation" Icicle Works line-up in 1989, which released one album in 1990. … Read More
1990 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Around the time of the split of the Icicle Works in 1990, McNabb spent some time as a de facto member of The Wild Swans, playing guitar and singing background vocals.


1993 - 1996 3 More Events
1997 36 Years Old In 1997, This Way Up parted company with McNabb, and released a 'best-of' collection entitled My Own Way: The Words & Music of Ian McNabb.
1998 37 Years Old On returning to performing his own material, McNabb focused on acoustic music, leading to a residency at the Birmingham club of Ronnie Scott. The material arising out of this became the low-key album A Party Political Broadcast on Behalf of the Emotional Party, released by McNabb on his own Fairfield label in 1998. … Read More
1999 38 Years Old McNabb followed APPBOBOTEP with a live acoustic album, Live at Life (2000), compiled from a pair of Christmas gigs in 1999. … Read More


2002 41 Years Old McNabb returned to his own Fairfield label in 2002, and issued the low-key The Gentleman Adventurer. … Read More
2003 42 Years Old Another "bits and pieces" collection, Boots followed in 2003, the title being both McNabb's nickname (after his penchant for wearing Beatles-style boots in the mid-80s while with The Icicle Works), and a reference to the 'official bootleg' nature of the release. … Read More
2004 43 Years Old 2004 saw McNabb issuing a second 'Best Of' album, Potency: The Best of Ian McNabb. … Read More
2005 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, McNabb successfully pushed a single, "Let The Young Girl Do What She Wants To" to No. 38 on the UK charts. … Read More
2007 46 Years Old In December 2007, McNabb's second live album, How We Live: At the Philharmonic, was issued. … Read More
2008 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In January and February 2008, McNabb was involved with "The Number Ones Project", a concert and compilation album celebrating Liverpool's fifty-six No. 1 singles on the UK charts. … Read More
2009 48 Years Old McNabb's eighth studio album, Great Things, was first made available at gigs in September 2009. … Read More


2012 - 2013 2 More Events
2014 53 Years Old This slot, titled 'The Ian McNabb Show', started broadcasting on 20 June 2014 and continued for a few months.
2015 54 Years Old In August 2015, McNabb released the side album Krugerrands, his second release in collaboration with Cold Shoulder.
2016 55 Years Old 1 More Event
He also revived The Icicle Works moniker and current lineup for a sporadic set of concerts throughout the rest of the year and on into 2016.
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