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Local muso, Ian Walsh, passed away peacefully at home recently with his long-time partner, Faye, and loyal dog, Louie, by his side.

Born in Brisbane and raised in Murwillumbah in the ’50s, at the age of 13, Ian spent three years at the Royal Naval College before returning to Murwillumbah to become a journalist, while also taking part in local theatre productions. He then moved to Sydney with plans to study jazz, Buddhism and philosophy.

In 1967, Ian played keyboards with Jeff St John and The Id, one of Sydney’s premier soul/r&b bands.

He enjoyed fame on the hit parade, with the success of the album Big Time Operator. A career highlight was playing with The Id as opening act for Roy Orbison and The Yardbirds at the Sydney Stadium. 

In the early 1970s, like many of his tribe, he left the city, arriving in the Byron Shire where he went on to teach and play piano locally for over 40 years. There were memorable gigs, including The Blue Birdy in Lismore and Dintie’s and The Railway Hotel backbar in Byron.

Ian loved music and was a talented artist who cared deeply for his family and friends. He was a gentle man who will be missed. A celebration for all who loved Ian will be held at his home in Myocum on Sunday, June 23 (Ian’s 83rd birthday) from 12pm onwards. Instruments welcome.

Anna and Zoe are Ian’s daughters.

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  1. Ian was a genius, a gentle spirit and a total inspiration to music. He is already missed. Much love to Faye and family.


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