19 May 2019

Stephen Fearing

Brass Tacks


Alt-roots / folk

On Stage
New at CBTH 2019
Vancouver, BC


JUNO Award Artist

- Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Solo Winner 2007

- Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Solo Nominee 2003

- Best Roots and Traditional Album: Solo Nominee 1998

- Best Roots and Traditional Album Nominee 1995

- Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee 1992

Canadian Folk Music Award - Contemporary Singer of the Year 2017

Artist Biography

Born in Vancouver and raised in Dublin, Stephen Fearing has been named one of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters. 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.

His music is a mesmerizing blend of folk, roots, and pop and he has released nine albums as a solo artist, with special guests including: Bruce Cockburn, Margo Timmons, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, and Rose Cousins. 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.”

“A master of the finely-turned phrase and the perfectly-pitched line.” – Maverick Magazine

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

“…a king amongst minstrels.” – Halifax Chronicle Herald

In 1996 he co-founded the Canadian super-group Blackie and The Rodeo Kings with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson. After 20 years together and nine albums to their credit, the band has become one of the most respected names in North American roots-rock-Americana music. While it’s hard to imagine he has much free time, 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 awards and an ever-expanding touring circuit throughout Canada, the UK, and Europe. Like the guests on his albums, the many awards and nominations that have come his way over the years speak to the respect he has earned among his peers, presenters, and critics. With a life of many relocations and years of touring and performing, Fearing is a gifted storyteller and true musical nomad with the ability to captivate audiences of all sizes and attitudes. “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.”