A Bard for Our Time

A couple of threads run through Frederick Ingram’s musical career: a certain intelligence, a love of the land, and an adoration for most everything English, particularly the language itself. Like many he’s been inspired by the waves of musical innovation and transatlantic dialog from the British Invasion to New Wave and Britpop. 

The sounds and sense of these #Elements enhance the experience at brewpubs, wineries, cafés, festivals, even the farmers markets he tours regularly across the Carolinas. Respect for heritage and awareness and engagement with the contemporary world make this troubadour “A Bard for Our Time.” 

Ingram has performed in some of the most elevated and exhilarating venues in the South, including Shakespeare festivals and corporate cafeterias. He has warbled his “Fireflies to the Rain” to the throngs gathered for Congaree National Park’s world famous synchronized lightning bugs display. He has performed at a wide range of historic music venues, including the Handlebar (Greenville, S.C.), Acoustic Coffeehouse (Johnson City, Tn.), Awendaw Green (Charleston, S.C.), Grey Eagle (Black Mountain, N.C.), Irregardless Café (Raleigh, N.C.), Motorco Music Hall (Durham, N.C.), and New Brookland Tavern (Columbia, S.C.). 

Festival appearances include SPARKcon (Raleigh, N.C.), Unearth Festival at Saluda Shoals Park (Irmo, S.C.), Jammin’ in July (Camden, S.C.), Buffalo Valley Folk Festival (Johnson City, Tn.), Ol’ Front Porch Festival (Oriental, N.C.), Festivale di Reggaze (Provo. Ut.), and the Iris Festival (Sumter, S.C.). Favorite hospitality venues include Terrapin Brewing (Athens, Ga.), Talon Winery (Shelbyville, Ky.), and Crema Coffee Bar (Hartsville, S.C.). 

Leading photo retailer Adorama brought Ingram to their Manhattan headquarters to film a tutorial on shooting live music videos. He was the featured guest on Episode 10 of The Songwriting Podcast (with Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket as a “bonus”). 

Musically, Frederick was raised on British New Wave, a pre–MTV Unplugged legacy that really shines when interpreted acoustically. He has also delved into Beatlesque nostalgia, rendering the timeless songs that were his childhood introduction to popular music. 

Frederick Ingram’s informed guitar work and lyrical stylings suit a smart crowd that appreciates the finer things in life.

Frederick Ingram in the golden hour, Isle of Palms, courtesy Ann Normient-Pensero / Carolina Portrait Photography Group