Ian and his mates had been messing around with musical instruments for a while now. With Ian’s mate Sean McKay learning the guitar and Grinny was getting into the drums, Ian himself had learnt a few chords on an acoustic at home and Phil Walmesly, an old school mate of the lads from Baines School, liked the bass and wasn’t too bad a singer. The talk of forming a band soon came a reality. Doing a few cover versions together at home, it was a band re-shuffle in 1975 with Phil on lead guitar, Sean on bass, lan on vocals and Sean’s brother Kev came in on bass. By December the lads officially formed a band and named themselves Tumbling Dice, after the Rolling Stones song by the same name written in 1972 taken from the album Exile On Main Street.