Faces star Mac is still wearing it well as a solo artist

Ian McLagan
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Ian McLagan, The Greystones

British rock legend Ian McLagan is dropping into the popular Sheffield music pub tomorrow on tour with Jon Notarthomas of The Bump Band.

Ian McLagan’s musical career began in the 1960s as the keyboard player for the Small Faces and the Faces. He has performed and recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Bragg among others.

Ian, known as Mac, co-wrote Faces hits such as Cindy Incidentally, You’re So Rude and Three Button Hand Me Down.

His Wurlitzer electric piano is heard on everything from Stay With Me by the Faces to the smash hit Miss You by The Rolling Stones. His trademark Hammond B-3 organ is featured on the Small Faces classic Itchycoo Park and Rod Stewart’s Maggie May and You Wear It Well.

Mac moved to Austin, Texas in 1994 and has been a key player in the thriving music scene there for two decades.

He yesterday released United States, his first new studio album in five years, on Yep Roc Records. The album was recorded and produced at Ian’s The Doghouse Studios in Texas. It alternates between lusty grooves and reflective musings.

Yearning track Love Letter leads into the smooth and moody Who Says It Ain’t Love.

The album features Mac on vocals, keyboards and guitar and his longtime collaborators, the Bump Band. They are joined Leigh Mahoney on violin for album closer He’s Not For You.

The show at the Greystones Road venue starts at 7.30pm. Tickets from the venue or http://www.wegottickets.com/