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Ian Mosley


Ian Mosley was created in 1953 in London. He’s most widely known for his function in Marillion, but in addition has performed with Iris, Steve Hackett, Manfred Mann, among others.

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Full Name Ian Mosley
Profession Drummer
Nationality English
Music Songs Kayleigh, Beautiful, Lavender, Sugar Mice, Easter, Assassing, No One Can, Cover My Eyes, Dry Land, Neverland, Incommunicado, Warm Wet Circles, Fantastic Place, Jigsaw, Cinderella Search, Ocean Cloud, Hotel Hobbies, Slàinte Mhath, You're Gone, Heart of Lothian, Pseudo Silk Kimono, Punch & Judy, Beyond You, Market Square Heroes, Incubus, She Chameleon, Blind Curve, That Time of the Night, Splintering Heart, The Space..., The Great Escape, The Sky Above the Rain
Albums Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R), Misplaced Childhood, Less Is More, Marillion.com, Clutching at Straws, Afraid of Sunlight, Marbles In The Park, Seasons End, Anoraknophobia, This Strange Engine, Real to Reel, Somewhere Else, Recital of the Script, Happiness Is the Road, Sounds That Can't Be Made, Brave, Holidays in Eden, Live from Loreley, Fugazi, A Sunday Night Above The Rain, Somewhere in London, Marbles, The Thieving Magpie, Live From Cadogan Hall, Anorak in the UK, Marbles Live, Clocks Already Ticking, The Best of Marillion, The Best of Both Worlds, Tales from the Engine Room, Early Stages, Brief Encounter, Brave Live 2013, FRC-005: Barrowlands, Glasgow, Scotland. 4 December 1989, Postmankind, B'Sides Themselves, Early Stages: The Highlights, View from the Balcony
Movies Marillion: Marbles on the Road

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1 His favorite albums are "Led Zeppelin II" by Led Zeppelin, "Big Swing Face" by Buddy Rich, "The Inner Mounting Flame" by The Mahavishnu Orchestra, "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac, "Duke" by Genesis, "Live" by Magma, "Parachutes" by Coldplay, "Woodface" by Crowded House, "OK Computer" by Radiohead and "Regeneration" by the Divine Comedy (Neil Hannon).
2 Marillion have recorded two concept albums and both were included on the March 2003 Classic Rock Magazine list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time. Their 1985 album "Misplaced Childhood" came fourth and their 1994 album "Brave" came 23rd on the list.
3 His bandmates in Marillion are singer Steve Hogarth, guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly and bass guitarist Pete Trewavas.
4 Attended the Guildhall School of Music.
5 Played in the orchestra of the musical "Hair" and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar" in London's West End.
6 Mosley has done session work for Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross.
7 His father was leader of the Westminster Symphony Orchestra.
8 He has played drums since the age of 10.
9 As side projects away from Marillion, Ian Mosley has collaborated with saxophonist Ben Castle for the solo album "Postmankind" and formed the band Iris with French guitarist Sylvain Gouvernaire and Marillion bass player Pete Trewavas to record the instrumental album "Crossing the Desert".
10 He is the oldest member of Marillion.
11 Drummer with rock band Marillion.



1987 2014 writer: "Lavender"
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel 2009 writer: "Kayleigh" - as Mosley
Skins 2009 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Shadow Walkers 2006 writer: "Drilling Holes", "If My Heart Were A Ball It Would Roll Uphill", "Quartz", "Separated Out"
Nighty Night 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night Shopping 2001 writer: "Kayleigh"
Live from Loreley 1987 Video documentary writer: "Slàinte Mhath", "Sugar Mice", "Hotel Hobbies", "Warm Wet Circles", "That Time of the Night", "Pseudo Silk Kimono", "Kayleigh", "Lavender", "Bitter Suite", "Heart of Lothian", "The Last Straw", "Incommunicado"
Top of the Pops 1985 TV Series writer - 3 episodes



Brave 1994 Drums & Percussion



Marillion: Out of Season 2010 Video Himself
Marillion: Marbles on the Road 2004 Video Himself
Marillion: A Piss-Up in a Brewery 2002 Video Himself - Drums
Marillion: The EMI Singles Collection 2002 Video documentary Himself / Drums
Top of the Pops 2 2001 TV Series Himself
Next: The Future Just Happened 2001 TV Movie Himself (as Marillion)
Top of the Pops 1984-1991 TV Series Himself
The Roxy 1987 TV Series Himself
Live from Loreley 1987 Video documentary Himself - drums
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1985 TV Series Himself - Drums
Wogan 1985 TV Series Himself

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1 From the age of 16 to 29, I was a freelance musician, and for whoever called, I would do the job, whether it was an orchestral session, a tour, an album or a gig in a pub. Due to the economic climate, I was often asked to do album sessions (Steve Hackett, Gordon Giltrapp, etc.) and also their album tours, but none of these projects were 'real' bands, as the whole responsibility was on the solo artists' shoulders. It seemed that the only way in the '80s that you could join a 'real' band was if a member died! So when Marillion asked me to help them out with the Fugazi album on a session basis, I jumped to it, and after the first gig I realized that there was something very special about this band. During that first tour, they asked me if I would join on a permanent basis. So I took an immediate cut in pay (and it's been the same ever since!) and have never looked back.
2 I really enjoy the versatility of the whole Pro Tools recording process.
3 Personally, I still don't really know what progressive means. In some people's minds if a piece of music is over 10 minutes long, it automatically gets the label of being progressive. I always enjoy playing arrangements kind of in a classical format, which is in movements. To me, music is either good or bad; it doesn't matter what the label is. The kind of progressive label that I don't like is the one that involves lyrics that quote dancing gnomes, Stonehenge and fairy tales, etc.
4 I think there's some really good young bands around at the moment. I personally feel quite detached from the American Idol genre of music and search of fame, but even such shows can show off some extraordinary talents. However people are discovered, if they have the luck and the talent, they will survive in the business. Good luck to anyone that can earn a living out of making music.
5 My role in Marillion has always been to try and accompany and complement the music/musicians, whether it's all guns blazing or shaking a maraca, whatever it takes.
6 I have always enjoyed working with Steve (Hackett). The man not only is an inspiration to be around, he also has a great sense of humour.

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