Boston-based acoustic double-neck guitarist and Candyrat recording artist Ian Ethan Case has been performing in listening rooms across the country for the past eight years, and is increasingly gaining recognition both for his unique instrumental compositions and for the highly original playing methods which are required to perform them.
One of only about five musicians worldwide to tackle the double-neck guitar in earnest, he fluidly combines a variety of self-invented playing techniques necessitated by his multi-layered compositions, which, taken together, have begun to establish the instrument’s musical validity perhaps more so than the work of any other artist.
While audiences consistently remark on the fascinating visual aspects of watching Ian play “as he rambunctiously weaves between fretboards, slapping and tapping the sounds of the guitar to life seemingly effortlessly in a style that you’ve likely never seen before” (Port Orchard Independent), his unusual methods are simply byproducts of the rich, heartfelt, and powerfully uplifting music that he composes.
During a fall 2015 coast-to-coast tour of the U.S., a Facebook video of Ian playing a piece from his new album Run Toward The Mountains went viral and received over 6 million views worldwide in October alone, drawing unsolicited praise from legendary bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins), producer Steven Miller (Dave Matthews Band, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Hedges), and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman.
“Few musicians tackle the challenging double-neck guitar, and perhaps few have done it with the intellectual intensity and skill of Ian Ethan Case. Case’s inventive multi-layered compositions are like nothing you’ve heard before. His new album, Run Toward The Mountains, is both meditative and commanding.” — The Christian Science Monitor
Pooling songwriting influences from artists such as Sting, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel and Dave Matthews, with performance styles influenced by Bobby McFerrin and Michael Hedges, Glass House is a tour de force of Mark Vickness’ intricate, modern fingerstyle acoustic guitars and David Worm’s soaring, blues-inflected vocals.
With over two decades of working together, David and Mark share a passion for great songwriting and a musical chemistry that infuses every performance. Glass House has released three CD’s and an EP. Their YouTube videos have been viewed over 220,000 times. Live shows feature original songs and their original arrangements of covers by such artists as Robbie Robertson, Pink and The Beatles.
Here's what critics are saying about their third CD, Long Way Down:
"I haven’t encountered such outstanding pop music in a long time, one that is played with a combination of maturity and spirit and with distinctively well-conceived compositions and arrangements, which do not come across artificial at all, but very natural and very approachable. This is exactly the kind of music that you can always play if you are not exactly sure what it is you want to listen to. This beautiful music will simply knock you over!" - Wolfgang Giese - Rocktimes, 01/09/14
"Impressive vocals and ambitious compositions. A stellar cover of Robbie Robertson’s 'Broken Arrow.'" Ken Paulson – Americana Music News, 11/23/13
Tickets are $15 in advance, available at the link below, or $20 at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.