Drummer Ian Stoddart, best known to many for his work in late 80s act Win, has passed away.
However, the Edinburgh percussionist, who also played keyboards in the trio formed with former Fire Engines members Davy Henderson and Russel Burn, was a stalwart of the Scottish scene of the time, and seemingly always present in one act or another.
Early in his career he was a member of early 80s act Everest The Hard Way, along with future bandmate Burn, as well as Steven Lironi, who came from chart act Altered Images.
Following the dissolution of Win, who recorded two major label albums for London and Virgin as well as notably soundtracking the McEwans Lager TV advert ‘Escher’, ‘Stoddy’ was a member of The Apples, an Edinburgh indie dance foursome signed to Epic Records.
That short-lived act also featured Callum McNair of The Bathers, Hey! Elastica’s Samantha Swanson, and Willy Perry, who had appeared on Win’s ‘Freaky Trigger album.
Ian continued to crop up in a variety of bands throughout the next two decades – including helping to form Aberfeldy, and releasing the album ‘Young Forever’ on Rough Trade. And he appears, alongside Malcolm Ross, as part of Johnny Depp’s band in the 2000 Oscar-nominated film Chocolat.
In the 2000s, he worked with William Douglas and the Wheel, and most recently was a member of Monica, made up of Andrea Marini, Lloyd Herriott, Ariane Jackson, and Simon Shaw.