Ian Bairnson—the Scottish guitarist who performed with Kate Bush, Pilot, and the Alan Parsons Mission—has died, The Guardian stories through an announcement on the musician’s spouse Leila Bairnson’s Instagram. “It’s with deep unhappiness and remorse that I let you already know that my loving husband Ian Bairnson has handed away on Friday seventh April,” she wrote. “Ian was the sweetest, kindest, loving husband I may ever have wished for and I take consolation that he’s resting now up there in his very personal piece of ‘Blue Blue Sky.’” She additionally thanked the docs and nurses who had been treating her husband for dementia. Ian Bairnson was 69.
Bairnson was born on the Shetland Islands of Scotland, later relocating to London within the early Nineteen Seventies. He was already a sough-after session musician, on account of his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist—guitar, keyboards, and saxophone had been all a part of his repertoire. Bairnson was initially provided a spot in Steve Harley and Cockney Insurgent, however he as a substitute opted to affix fellow Scottish-born band Pilot.
Pilot would rating a handful of hits within the Nineteen Seventies, notably “Magic” from their 1974 debut, From the Album of the Similar Title. That report was produced by Alan Parsons, who later recruited Bairnson for the Alan Parsons Mission. Bairnson performed with the group from the 1975 debut till the Nineteen Nineties.
Bairnson additionally recorded on Kate Bush’s first two albums, 1978’s The Kick Inside and Lionheart. The previous contains Bush’s hit “Wuthering Heights,” that includes a closing guitar solo from Bairnson. He would additionally seem on Bush’s subsequent albums By no means for Ever and The Dreaming. As well as, Bairnson labored as a session musician for Mick Fleetwood, Kenny Rogers, Joe Cocker, Sure’ Jon Anderson, and lots of others. He joined the touring lineups of Eric Clapton, Sting, and extra.
In 2019, Bairnson recorded on Alan Parsons’ solo album, The Secret. After listening to the information of Bairnson’s dying, Parsons remembered his longtime pal and collaborator in a Fb put up. “I’ve at all times thought-about Ian a musical genius,” Parsons wrote. “It was an important pleasure to have him take part on each album by the Alan Parsons Mission and several other different albums below my identify since. He has performed with many different gifted artists as nicely all through his unbelievable profession.”
“He was a real grasp of the guitar—he knew each attainable playable guitar chord and describe it,” Parsons continued. “Amazingly, he by no means took the time to be taught standard musical notation. One other indication of his unbelievable expertise was when he picked up the saxophone and performed it like a professional on stage with the British incarnation of the Alan Parsons Reside Mission, he had solely spent a couple of quick weeks of studying the instrument.”