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Stephen Fearing

“Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best songsmiths on the planet. Quality albums…stunning shows.” BBC UK

Born in Vancouver and raised in both Dublin, Ireland and back in British Columbia, Stephen Fearing has been named one of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters. With a mesmerizing blend of roots, Americana, folk, and pop he cultivated national and international audiences for his music, building it ‘old school’ through countless performances at intimate venues, concert halls, and festivals of all sizes, including major events like the Stanfest, Reading Festival, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, and WOMAD.

A beguiling teller of tales and master guitarist, Fearing is an alluring entertainer – heartbreaking, expansive, and full of mirth – with a clear, honourable voice that lifts you out into his wide world and “brings you back home to yourself.” He has released 13 solo albums and, over the course of his celebrated career, collaborated with artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Rosanne Cash, Richard Thompson, Cassandra Wilson, Nick Lowe, Sarah McLachlan, Rose Cousins, Murray McLauchlan, Margo Timmins, Keb’ Mo’, Erin Costelo, Suzie Vinnick, and many more.

In 1996 he co-founded Canadian supergroup Blackie and The Rodeo Kings with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson. Almost 25 years later and with nine albums to their credit, the band has become one of the most respected names in North American roots-rock. Fearing also released two albums and toured as one half of the duo Fearing & White with fellow Irish son Andy White.

Fearing’s abiding love for his craft and ability to delight audiences are reflected in multiple JUNO and Canadian Folk Music nominations and awards and an ever-expanding touring circuit throughout North America, the UK, and Europe. His 11th solo album, Every Soul’s a Sailor, won the 2017 Worldwide Album of the Year by Blues & Roots Radio and earned him Contemporary Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2018 he released The Secret of Climbing, a limited edition, vinyl-only release that captures the subtle emotions of his mesmerizing voice and masterful guitar work in their purest form, unobscured by computers or studio wizardry.

With a life of many relocations and years of touring and performing, Fearing is a gifted storyteller and true musical nomad who delights in connecting with his audience. “Getting on stage is the fun part, especially when the adrenaline kicks in,” he says, with a broad smile. “People want to relax and be taken on a journey. I sketch out my shows so they deliver on that.”

When not working behind the microphone, Fearing spends time producing records including Suzie Vinnick’s JUNO Award-nominated album Happy Here. “With producing, I really enjoy collaborating with other artists. It’s a blast and, as a bonus, gives me a chance to learn and expand my skill set.”

The JUNO Award-winner also shares his knowledge and experience with fellow musicians through songwriting workshops (often scheduled in conjunction with festival appearances). “The classes dovetail nicely with performing,” he said. “My students are from all walks of life and I enjoy helping to coax them out of their comfort zones to create songs they might not have otherwise developed.”

“…a king amongst minstrels.” Halifax Chronicle Herald