Ian Gould Band Review
St. Brendan's Inn in Green Bay, Wisconsin
By TJ, November 17, 2008
Tucked away in the corner of St. Brendan’s pub is where I found Ian Gould, a folk singer from Belfast, Ireland. Ian sings and plays acoustic folk with the harmonica. I don’t think it is entirely fair to pigeon hole his music as just another Irish act, in fact, a majority of his set is based on classic American folk tunes from Van Morison to the Beatles. Ian even takes requests for songs with a donation into his stage tin. As I sat there enjoying the restaurant’s delicious shepherd’s pie, curry fries, and the best Guinness on tap I have ever had, Ian played one traditional Irish tune for about every two American classics. What I find most notable about Ian, is his charm and his technical abilities as a guitar player. Not only is he a very skilled folk style finger picker, Ian is also very technical and it carries through to his harmonica and vocal styles. Ian also showed a more personal side when he played some of his own compositions, which were more folk rock and rhythmic. He is without a doubt very capable of writing and producing excellent originals. Ian is laid back, charming, and fun - cheering people up, one pint at a time. So if you come to one of the finest Irish Pub/Restaurants/Inns in Wisconsin, St Brendan’s of Green Bay, to see Ian Gould play, you will see that not only is he very Irish, he is also a very great folk musician as well. Ian shares and involves his audience in some of the traditional Irish drinking songs, and before you know it, you’re laughing, singing along, and putting away the pints. Ian Gould is a great show and plays regularly in Wisconsin and at St. Brendan’s Inn.
Ian, an immigrant from Belfast, Northern Ireland, began his musical career as a kid playing in bands throughout Ireland, the UK & Europe. Ian is now a solo artist and a singer/songwriter. He has been performing internationally for more than 20 years. Through his music and travels Ian has had the privilege of living and studying in Perth, Scotland and living in some other fine European cities such as London, Brussels, and Amsterdam.
Although he is still a continuous traveler, Ian now resides in the United States. He received his U.S. citizenship in November 2015! A veteran bassist who has toured with bands throughout Europe and the U.S.A, Ian currently lives with his wife and two children near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a solo artist popular throughout the Midwest, from Minnesota to Illinois, to Michigan. “I’m fortunate to live where I live, because the Irish scene is vibrant. I meet so many wonderful people as I travel around.”
Ian Gould was recently nominated for the “Top Solo Performer in a Pub Venue throughout the USA, Ireland, European Union, and the United Kingdom. In 2012, Ian was invited by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to perform for him and for Irish and British diplomats on the 12th of July, at the President's official residence, Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin. It was a great experience for all! In 2016, Ian was nominated for "Best Acoustic Musician" for Best of Milwaukee.