Ian Bell is a well known Canadian folk musician, and has performed across Canada and in the United States since the late 1970s On his own and with a number of different ensembles, including Muddy York, Lederman-Bell, The Friends of Fiddler’s Green, Enoch Kent, and The Allison Lupton Band, appearing at numerous folk festivals (Winnipeg, Mariposa, Edmonton, Ottawa, Yellowknife, Owen Sound, Lunenberg , Montmagny, and others) and in concerts and dances in venues ranging from Roy Thompson Hall to Randy Haskell’s barn.
In 1985 Ian served as artistic director for the Mariposa Folk Festival.
As a long-time freelance broadcaster, Ian has worked on many occasions with Stuart McLean on CBC Radio’s Vinyl Café and served as musical director for five Vinyl Café national concert broadcasts. For seven years Ian was a regular contributor to the weekend Fresh Air program on CBC radio. He hs contributed to numerous film scores and performed period music for and appeared in the TV series, The Road to Avonlea.