Ian began performing music in clubs and on college campuses. After college he performed as a singer-songwriter across the United States for ten years. He also performed in the Atlanta-based progressive rock band Flood.
From 1980 until 2002, he continued to write and play music, including touring the Soviet Union in 1988, but set aside regular performances to organize a series of non-profit projects focused on creating a sustainable future. This included work with John Denver and the Windstar Foundation in the late 1980's.
In 2006, Ian returned to performing regularly as the host of the Green Radio Bistro show. Here he is playing a James Taylor song on an early Bistro show. He is now presenting concerts in selected venues to build support for Climate Now.