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Stephen Fearing

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Region:

Victoria, BC

Level of Experience:

PROFESSIONAL

Genre:

Folk | Pop | Traditional roots

Biography:

"Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy… masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.” - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Born in Vancouver and raised in Dublin, Stephen Fearing has been named one of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters. With a mesmerizing blend of roots, folk, and pop he cultivated a national – and international – audience 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 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 nine solo albums and, over the course of his celebrated career, collaborated with artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Roseanne 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. More than 22 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. For his most recent album, Every Soul’s a Sailor, he won the 2017 Worldwide Album of the Year by Blues & Roots Radio and Contemporary Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. 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.”

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