Alt-rock, neo soul, funk from Vancouver BC
Instruments: Viola, Vocals, Guitar, Violin details
Born in Vancouver and raised all across Canada, Ian Cromwell has one true home: the stage. A classical violist by training, Ian has spent more than 20 years performing with classical ensembles, symphonies, quartets, and as a solo performer. Ian’s love of the stage put a guitar in his hands some years later, and he hasn’t looked back since. A 4-year veteran of the Kitsilano music scene, Ian has rocked houses in Vancouver both as a solo artist and in concert with his band, Even Handed Odds. Ian can be found regularly performing as a member of The Sheets, and backing folk rocker Jack Mercer as a member of the Whiskey Bandits.
Ian’s love and deep passion for music transcends the cerebral classical genre and takes root in the full-throated, no-holds-barred, primal scream of rock and alternative music, tempered by an affinity for upbeat and memorable pop hooks. Blended together with his signature powerful vocals, Ian’s musical range is sure to please anyone who describes their musical taste as ‘eclectic’.
And what do you get when you put together Ian’s love for the raw power of rock, the magestic sweep of classical, the technical wizardry of hip-hop, and the virtuoso improvisation of jazz? Well, you get a live musical experience that truly must be seen to be believed. Ian uses effects, loops, percussive hits, and of course his unparalleled vocals to craft soundscapes in front of an audience that is always left wanting more. Combine all this with Ian’s trademark energy and enthusiasm for performance, and you end up with a truly addictive and unforgettable show.
|The Sheets||Viola, fiddle, vocals, guitar||2014-present|
|Jack Mercer & The Whiskey Bandits||Viola, fiddle, backing vocals|
|Even Handed Odds||Viola, vocals, guitar||2010-2014|