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Ian Fitzgerald & Rachel Sumner w/ special guest Kaiti Jones
Atwood's Tavern
Cambridge, MA
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Ian Fitzgerald & Rachel Sumner w/ special guest Kaiti Jones
Since relocating from the west coast to the east in 2011 to study at the Berklee College of Music, Rachel Sumner has become one of the most vital voices in Boston's thriving roots music scene. Most prominently, Rachel is the guitarist and one of the primary songwriters and lead vocalists in Twisted Pine, a progressive bluegrass band whose self-titled debut album (Signature Sounds, 2017) has propelled them to the main stages of festivals such as Green River Festival, FreshGrass Festival, DelFest, and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. Rachel also leads the folk-country trio Sumner & Moss, an outlet for her more traditional roots music inclinations. Sumner's musical influences, however, extend well past bluegrass, folk, and country to classical, indie, pop, and beyond. While Rachel's songs could hold their own on the strength of their melodies alone, she is equally as interested in incorporating literary influences into her lyrics and in exploring the possibilities that exist in the overlap of her many divergent inspirations. It is in this spirit of creative discovery that Rachel has created her first solo EP, Anything Worth Doing, which she will independently release in November 2018. To this EP and to her solo shows, Rachel brings a collection of wonderfully original new songs; her prowess as a multi-instrumentalist and singer; and the unique perspective and curiosity that have helped make her one of the most promising singer-songwriters working today.

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.  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 20s 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.
Based in New England, Ian has performed as a solo act for the better part of a decade.  Following the release of You Wont Even Know Im Gone, Ian assembled a band to bring that albums fuller arrangements to the stage.  That band, dubbed Ian Fitzgerald & Something Else by its other members, has also revisited and rearranged some of Ians older songs.  The bands traditional two guitars/(upright) bass/drums lineup places Ians songs squarely in the current wave of Americana and roots rock.  As an unintended consequence, however, that louder outlet has refocused Ians solo performances, allowing him to create something more dynamically intimate with guitar and voice alone.

The result, over these past few years, has been a growing recognition of Ian's work and songwriting ability.  Ian maintains a touring schedule of about 100 shows per year which has brought him, so far, to 39 states.  Ian has performed both solo and with full band at the Newport Folk Festival.  He has been featured in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  And he has opened for such notable artists as Iris DeMent, Joan Shelley, Darlingside, The Ballroom Thieves, Anna & Elizabeth, Matt the Electrician, Willy Mason, and many more.  On February 14, 2019, Ian will release an EP of duets with Rachel Sumner called Sing Me An Old Tune.  He is also in the process of writing and preparing to record his next solo album.

In 2009,  Kaiti Jones recorded her first EP, Arise Child. Its a dark, dreamy mix illustrating Jones ability to pull one into a story through lyrics heavily devoted to the deep regard she has for human connection. At the time, she was studying creative writing at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. There, she developed her songwriting through crafting personal essays and making music in various studios scattered across the city.

Jones next EP, Growing Things, came out four years later in 2013. The production value increased and her style became more distinct. The songs are tighter, simpler, and emphasize characteristics of some of Jones favorite writers: Flannery OConnors visceral stories of hardship, faith, doubt, and praise; the way Wendell Berry connects human lives and the earth; and the sense of wonder and beauty found in the words of Madeleine LEngle. Her songwriting echoes the traditions of Patty Griffin, Josh Ritter, Anais Mitchell, and Bob Dylan  people who, as Jones likes to say, know how to tell a story. The themes entwined in these artists works find their way into Jones music, where pain, love, and hope exist along a dusty windblown plane somewhere deep within.

On November 26th, 2017  another four years later  Jones filled an intimate subterranean music venue with over one hundred people she knows and cares for, the very people who live at the roots of her songs. This was Jones first time headlining Club Passim (she sold it out nearly a month before the show), a legendary folk spot located down the street from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her first full-length record, VOWS, dropped only a few days earlier and copies of it rested on the table in the front hall.

Jones vows are genuine. They live in her music, her deeply personal lyricism, and the commitment she has made to her community. The album itself took on another level of professionalism, showcasing the immense growth Jones has made as a songwriter, composer, producer and musician over the past eight years. For this project she was sought out by Golden Bear Records, an indie label in Des Moines, Iowa. Over two weeks in the studio in June, Jones and the folks at GBR made VOWS come to life. Now, go to the stereo in search of yourselves. In Jones words, may you feel better, richer, fuller than before."


21+ / POS. I.D. REQ


Atwood's Tavern (View)
877 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
United States


Music > Americana
Music > Folk

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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