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 Providence, RI, 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, Willy Mason, Darlingside, The Ballroom Thieves, and many more.  Ian hopes to begin work on his next album in 2018.

Fitzgerald is a polished songsmith who is high atop a field of great artists breaking through to festivals and folk concerts throughout the states... He is a tender songwriter who composes with a flair and golden heart, seeking out faith over all obstacles and the burning flame of hope; his songs really take you on a journey - Performer Magazine

Fitzgerald has a knack for an evocative melody, as evidenced on the soothing "Let's Go Down To Memphis," the lilting duet "Melinda Down The Line," and the strikingly magisterial "The Devil You Know." The lyrics are often transcendent, as on "Walks Like Tussaud," which is evocative of Leonard Cohen. Fitzgerald is a talent to be reckoned with. - The Noise

No Time To Be Tender is stripped down, understated brilliance. The songs here are so good, it will take many well spent hours listening to them just to figure out how good. - The Alternate Root

Q: Who do you consider an underrated songwriter?
A: There is a guy in Boston named Ian Fitzgerald that has released a pair of unbelievable records in the past couple of years. The most recent one, No Time To Be Tender, is a constant on my stereo. He is masterful with rhyme, language, and phrasing and has the sense of humor that puts it all over the top for me. He also puts on a hell of a show while seemingly not exerting himself in the slightest. He's got a rare gift. - Joe Fletcher to American Songwriter

Q: Who do you consider an underrated songwriter?
A: Ian Fitzgerald from the Boston area. He is easily one of the best songwriters I've ever heard. -Jonah Tolchin to American Songwriter

Q: Who do you consider an underrated songwriter?
A: I will always think that Tom Waits doesn't get enough credit. No one can write a song like he does, or sing one! He could make an entire album with just vocals and a jaw harp and it would be more effective than any band. Recently I've been blown away by Ian Fitzgerald, after finally seeing him in New England in October. I look forward to more people listening to his music. - Joshua Black Wilkins to American Songwriter