Multi JUNO Award-winner, member of the wonderful Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and one halve of Fearing & White, Canadian singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing returns with his first solo in seven years has lined up a series of dates in England in support of the release.
Friday 18 Loddiswell, nr. Kingsbridge, Devon Hazelwood House
Saturday 19 Sutton Poyntz , nr. Weymouth Mission Hall
Sunday 20 Twickenham Twickfolk at The Cabbage Patch
Wednesday 23 Hempstead, nr. Saffron Walden The Bluebell Inn
Thursday 24 Otterton, Devon Otterton Mill
Friday 25 Nottingham The Guitar Bar at Hotel Deux
Saturday 26 Hepworth, nr. Holmfirth, West Yorks. Hepworth Live at Hepworth Village Hall
Sunday 27 Bristol The Hen & Chicken
Tuesday 29 Liverpool Unity Theatre
Stephen Fearing is well used to successful collaborations, he is arguably best known as a founder member of Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, as a solo artist he’s a multiple Juno Award winner with a impressive back catalogue of eight albums under his belt, this time around the Vancouver born artist who was raised in Dublin before returning to Canada in 1981 to pursue his musical career has teamed up with a fellow musician from Northern Ireland, now resident in Melbourne, Andy White, equally prolific White has recorded and released thirteen albums and his career has seen him work with Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison and the Finn brothers Neil and Tim, collecting several Irish song-writing awards on his way he’s also found time to publish book – the most recent a road journal-novel 21st Century Troubadour.
The pair met back in 1998 backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and became friends, despite being resident of different continents they met up every year to write songs, their desire to record together looked like a gig that wasn’t going to happen given their individual circumstances, then when they met in Calgary for a ‘last’ concert tour playing the co-written material together on stage for the first time, Andy Hogg of LowdenProud Records liked what he heard and pulled the required strings and the pair met up six months later to record the album which gets a formal release in the UK in August, the album includes fresh recordings of a trio of songs recorded by Fearing with Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Heaven for A Lonely Man, October Lies and one of my favourite BARK tracks If I Catch You Crying, the duo are touring the UK and Ireland in October – November try and catch a show – the dates are up on the gig page.
The due share vocal duties and acoustic guitar parts, with Fearing playing electric guitar and White bass on the album it’s a fine collection of crafted songs borne out of a long friendship and mutual respect by a pair of very talented individuals and one I’d recommend you check out.
Fearing & White – Say You Will