Hailed as “the songwriter’s songwriter” by the Newport Folk Festival, Ian Fitzgerald has been criss-crossing the country over the past several years singing what he’s written for audiences of all stripes. Based in New England, Ian performs both as a solo act and as the leader of Ian Fitzgerald & Something Else, the group formed in 2017 to bring full-band arrangements of his songs to the stage. Those songs come from the five albums of original material he has released, including his latest effort You Won’t Even Know I’m Gone.
After having picked up the guitar in his late teens with the simple goal of learning to play the songs of others that had become so integral to his life, Ian began in his early twenties to write songs of his own. Ian’s first attempts at songwriting coincided with a deepening appreciation of early folk music, which helped establish the path he would follow with his own work. After three albums in quick succession, Ian evaluated what he’d learned about the songwriting and record-making processes and applied those lessons to his two most recent albums, No Time To Be Tender and You Won’t Even Know I’m Gone. The result has been a growing recognition of Ian’s work and songwriting ability, including a full touring schedule that has seen him perform in 39 states over the past two years; performances at the Newport Folk Festival in 2015 and 2016; and shows opened for Iris DeMent, Joan Shelley, Twisted Pine, Willy Mason, Darlingside, The Ballroom Thieves, and many more. Ian hopes to begin work on his next album in 2018.