Fresh Tracks: Ian Foster

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Ian Foster. — Submitted photo by Hillary Winter

Ian Foster is familiar with the cycle of a song. Since 2006, the Newfoundland-based songwriter has been writing, recording, and touring his work around Canada and Europe, picking up stories touring one album that end up as songs on the next. His latest release, “The Evening Light,” showcases songs inspired by the last few years on the road, and by an examination of home that can only be made from the distance of travel. His music combines many of the classic elements of folk songwriting and storytelling with newer approaches. His albums contain a mix of traditional instruments and modern instruments and effects. He regularly plays both electric and acoustic live, making tasteful use of looping and delay effects to create a bigger sound than one would expect from a solo player. A road warrior, Ian spends about half of every year playing shows, festivals, and conferences abroad, and regular shows all year long in his home province. His music has been played on radio internationally, from Newfoundland to the Netherlands. He has been nominated for multiple MusicNL (Newfoundland) and ECMA (East Coast Music Awards) over the last few years (including SOCAN Songwriter of the Year), and has been a finalist in the ISC (International Songwriting Competition), based out of Nashville, Tenn. He also has numerous co-writing credits, including one with the legendary folk songwriter Ron Hynes. “The Evening Light” is available at Fred’s Records in St. John’s, and online. For more information and current tour dates, please visit www.ianfoster.ca , and to hear “Deep Dark Night” from the recording, click here.

Geographic location: Canada, Europe, Newfoundland Netherlands Nashville, Tenn.

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