Ian Steinberg

  • Location: Burlington, VT

  • Genre: Singer-Songwriter / Folk

  • Active: 2013-Present

  • Sounds like: Neil Young, Dr. Dog, The Tallest Man on Earth

The Short of It

Ian “has a voice that rings with the collective legacy of American music.” (Krister Axel of CHILLFILTR)  Classically trained and heavily influenced by the folk styles of The Tallest Man on Earth and Joni Mitchell, Ian combines dynamic and agile acoustic guitar with lyrics imbued with love and nostalgia, burnished by his New England upbringing.  Born from the campfire and the conservatory, Ian delivers a nuanced and invigorating show whether he's in a concert hall or your living room. Ian will wrap you in song and leave you wandering in his storytelling.

The Long of It

Ian's mother played piano while he was in the womb, which he claims is the foundation for his love of and ability in music.  After six years of classical piano, Ian discovered the guitar and folk music at Windsor Mountain Summer Camp.  This forged the foundation of Ian's love for guitar, sing-alongs, storytelling, and acoustic music.  

During his early teens, Ian began songwriting.  While trite and emotional at the time, it was the beginning of the wonderful path that Ian still follows today.  To continue developing his skills, Ian was educated on classical guitar and recording arts at The School of Music at Ithaca College, where he graduated in 2015.  

Ian recently released his debut full-length album, “Guidance,” available on all music platforms. You can find him performing around Burlington with his band, consisting of Dahne Duffy on lead guitar and Lucas Tabshey on bass.

 Ian's stylistic sensibilities mesh into a fun and inviting show where the audience is encouraged to sing, dance, and converse with him.

Ian has released one EP titled "Folk Songs" and a slew of singles since the spring of 2017.  One single, "Across the Bay," was featured on The Indie Folx "Best of Indie Folk 2017" list.

Press Quotes

Steinberg corrals these countrified currents of modern music into the safe-space of his New Englandish heart. Faced with the navigation of loss, love, and family, we approach the vulnerability that we need to make sense of it all, along with a healthy dose of cynicism.

- Krister Axel of CHILLFILTR

Folk Songs EP by singer/songwriter Ian Steinberg is an interesting collection of some folk-influenced songs that drift off into jam band sensibilities. The songwriting and the mix is very unique for the style and makes for an interesting listen.

- Mike Przygoda of Divide and Conquer Music

A sweet coming of age catalogue of a life trying to make sense of it all, just like the rest of us! But then not many of us could pair our innermost with such soft and languid melodies. As ever [Ian makes] it sound effortless and I must admit to liking that more laid back approach. Sometimes simple is best and I could see how this could translate beautifully to a live setting.

- Kevin Hugger of MP3Hugger

Ian Steinberg                                         iansteinbergmusic@gmail.com                                        413.320.7237