Ian Giles was born and raised in Cowley, Oxford, and has lived, worked, and sung in the East Oxford area, "The Amber Triangle", ever since. He has recorded with the Mellstock Band and Christminster Singers and his early singing career saw link-ups with Keith Dandridge - "WALTON WAKES", Pete Acty and Nick Hill - "JUXTAPOSE", and notably with Claire Lloyd and Graham Metcalfe as "FOLLY BRIDGE", surely one of the most outstanding harmony trios ever to grace the club and festival circuit.
His on-going, sell-out performances, and recordings, with "MAGPIE LANE", will be known and enjoyed by many.
His voice is amongst the finest on the folk scene: warm and mellow, but with great power when required. A veteran of many folk club gigs and pub sessions, Ian is equally at home with a lyrical ballad, or leading a lusty chorus song. On the instrumental front, he contributes hurdy-gurdy and a variety of percussion.
Ian is also a member of the Oxford Waits; and now sings three-part harmony with Ian Woods and Oxford's favourite Yorkshireman Graham Metcalfe.