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Ian Fitzgerald is a folk singer and songwriter.  Based in New England, he has toured throughout the United States.  Known for his storytelling and skillful use of language, Ian has independently released five albums of original material, including his newest effort You Won't Even Know I'm GonePerformer Magazine called Ian "a polished songsmith who is high atop a field of great artists breaking through to festival and folk concerts throughout the States."

Ian performed at the 2016 and 2015 Newport Folk Festivals and opened the official kickoff show for the 2014 Newport Folk Festival, dubbed "All Newport's Eve."  Ian has opened shows for Iris DeMent; Willy Mason; Joan Shelley; Darlingside; Mark Erelli; Tracy Grammer; The Ballroom Thieves; Jonathan Edwards; Tall Tall Trees; Vandaveer; Ark Life; Parsonsfield; and Freedy Johnston, among others, and has shared bills with the likes of Haunt The House; Christopher Paul Stelling; Ron Gallo; and Jonah Tolchin.  Additional festival performances include: NXNE; the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase; the Brown University Folk Festival; and the In The Dead of Winter Festival.

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