Friday, May 26, 2017
with special guest Dan Blakeslee
Pre-sales for all shows end at noon on the day of the show. Tickets are will call only, nonrefundable, but transferable to another person (for the same show).
Ian Fitzgerald is a folk singer and songwriter. Known for his storytelling and skillful use of language, Ian has independently released five albums of original material while touring throughout the country. Performer 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." To that end, Ian performed a solo set as part of the Wildwood Showcase at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival and with Providence, RI's Smith&Weeden as his backing band at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival.
Following the release of his most recent album, You Won't Even Know I'm Gone, Ian decided to form a band of his own for the first time. Known as Something Else, the band includes Seamus Weeden (also of Smith&Weeden) and MorganEve Swain and James Maple (both also of The Huntress & Holder of Hands). Ian's work with MorganEve stretches back to sessions in 2008 for his third record, and all three band members contributed to You Won't Even Know I'm Gone. Together, they are reinterpreting songs of Ian's both new and old, with many being performed by a band for the very first time.
With a suitcase of songs, Maine folk troubadour Dan Blakeslee ventured into the subways of Boston in 1995 to practice his craft. His songs of true life adventures combine the essence of early folk music with a dose of country grit. He has toured the U.S. and performed with Josh Ritter, The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum, Lydia Loveless, The Lumineers, Brown Bird, Joe Fletcher, Jonah Tolchin, Death Vessel, Liam Finn and Kimya Dawson, among others. In 2015 his dream of playing Newport Folk Festival became a reality, the location where Bob Dylan went electric 50 years earlier. Blakeslee is unafraid to bare his very soul onstage, emptying a loaded cache of emotion and passion onto the stage for all to witness, explore, and devour.
"There is a feeling of antiquity to the songs, which are written in a poetic language that could have been taken from Walt Whitman's 'Leaves Of Grass' " - Boston Globe