Ian Alistair Gosbee
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Ian Alistair Gosbee

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF
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"Taste of reality"

Ian has the ability to connect to your everyday thoughts through his music. I play his music on East Coast Connection because I feel he bring a taste of reality to his lyrics, and that is what I want for my listeners. - East Coast Connection

"Amherst native takes show to Emerald Isle"

It's a long way to the top if you want to rock n' roll and for Amherst native Ian Gosbee those heights meant the rolling hills of Ireland.

The mult-instrumentalist, currently residing in Halifax, is preparting to head to Ireland for six to eight weeks to our his current set list
of originals material which is now available from Internet-base iTunes and receiving regular airplay on CBC Radio.

For the hard-working musician pursuing a career in the arts is not one that immediately provides immediate success but unlike many of his counterparts, Gosbee is allowing his own gut to lead his career rather than hire into the world of management. The decision, he says, has been paying off.

"It's just me pounding on doors and making it happen. Promoting, playing - anything I can".

- Amherst Daily News

"The stage is Ian Gosbee's element"

The stage is Ian Gosbee's element. IT's where he feels at home and gives him an avenue for storytelling.

Later this month, Gosbee's stage will be that of Duncan's Pub, as Gosbee plays his first homecoming show.

"It's almost like a high school reunion, said Gosbee. "You see people that you haven't seen in a few years, that may not know you're a musician."

Originally from Amherst, Gosbee's music has taken him from Nova Scotia to across Canada, the Caribbean islands, States and across the waters to Europe.

"The entertainment value attracts me to the industry. I love meeting new people and storytelling. It's a place for me to be animated on stage." Gosbee said.

"I don't really have a backup band - I usually get local musician friends to help out - and I thought Duncan's would be a more interactive venue than a big box event." Gosbee said.

Having grown up in a musical family, Gosbee says he has a photo of himself playing the drums when he was around 18 months old, but the first instrument he actually learned to play was the violin at age seven.

Since then, Gosbee has added guitar, bass guitar, drums, viola, cello and piano to the mix. He also plays the bagpipes. - Amherst Daily News


Still working on that hot first release.



The acoustic guitar is and always will be synonymous with Halifax's music scene. This is an old city comprised of a vibrant collage of old school sounds with new school flavors. Nothing vibes with city quite like six strings on wood and no one embodies that feeling quite like Ian Gosbee.

The multi talented singer/song writer has been grooming himself for a career in music since he was a five years old. Sneaking down to the basement to wail on his brother drum kit in secret. Since then it’s fortunate for the city that he's become far less bashful.

His soft melodic singing style and steady determined guitar playing set him miles apart from other artists on the scene. While his training as a percussionist shines through in every note making up the forceful rhythms of his music.

Enjoying incredible local success in Halifax, the capital of Atlantic rock, has propelled him all over the world. Even sharing the stage with ECMA multi nominee and winner David Myles at the prestigious music festival Riverfest and at Java Jam with ECMA winner Christina Martin.

Though his talent has earned him performances in Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean, Ian has always felt his most rewarding gigs have always been charity centered here in Canada. In 2007 he lent his talents to Bands for Breast Cancer, and was even featured on CTV. In 2008 he showcased his abilities during the Human Rights Torch Relay concert in protest of China's abysmal human rights record and their being awarded the Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee.

Though he takes his career as a musician seriously, he's never afraid to have some fun, that's why he rocks a double shift, not only as a solo artist, but also as the unstoppable pounding bassist in Nova Scotia's favorite Kiss cover band Dressed To Kill.

While remaining active locally and playing a whopping 180 solo shows in 2009, most of Ian's energies are currently being poured into finishing his First solo album in the fall of this year. "I like to think of myself as an open musician. I don’t want my music to become stale, so I’m always trying to expand on my styles and keep pushing myself."

Written by Peter Nolan-Smith