Its been a long time in the waiting – and for some, you may recall that Stephen was due to appear here last year – and despite being a sold out performance, he reluctantly had to cancel due to losing his voice!
So – hopefully THIS time – despite it being a British Winter Tour, he’ll be putting in a great performance for us at Elmslie House and confirming his reputation as being a multiple JUNO (Canadian Grammy) award winner and English Songwriter of the Year (Canadian Folk Awards).
Here’s a little more information on this well renowned Canadian:
For Stephen Fearing, a cross-country relocation (from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia) kicked off a period of reflection that inspired the songs, which became his ninth solo recording Every Soul’s a Sailor.
While they span a range of musical styles from folk to pop to boot-stomping roots, the tracks share a common focus – the value of The Journey; the various paths we take in love, life, and even after-love and the after-life.
He is the master of the finely turned phrase and perfectly pitched line. His deep, languid voice wraps itself around the listener like warm chocolate with just enough grit and edge to keep things interesting. Maverick
What is telling about a great songwriter’s work is the ability for their lyrics to stand on their own. Left without context, or musical backdrop, the words still flow and have meaning. Stephen Fearing does just that and throughout his career has penned some of the most literate, stirring and emotionally charged “folk” music on the planet. Add to this stunning guitar work plus a smooth intimate voice and you have the elements of a unique performer.
Without question one of the finest singer-songwriters working today. From his sure and ringing acoustic guitar playing and his beautifully rich voice, to an ear for a wonderfully wrought lyric and melody, the guy is quite a wiz. Vancouver Province
Like most contemporary songwriters, Stephen is not bound by any particular musical genre or category and his most recent release Every Soul’s A Sailor continues this exploration of various musical forms, as does his continued participation in the highly successful Canadian roots rock super group, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson. “It’s wonderful to be able to work as a solo artist and to be active in such a powerful ensemble as The Rodeo Kings. These guys are my friends and there is no doubt in my mind that my continuing work with them influences my solo playing very deeply”.
Over the course of his celebrated career he has collaborated with a long list of artists including: Nick Lowe, Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Pam Tillis, Bruce Cockburn, Sarah McLachlan, Tom Wilson, Colin Linden, Margo Timmins, Andy White and many more.
In 2009 Stephen Fearing celebrated his musical career with a “best of” compilation on True North Records. The Man Who Married Music a collection especially hand-picked by Stephen, features some of the best music of his career, from 1988’s Out to Sea to the Juno award winning album Yellowjacket – but it’s not over yet and there’s more “best of” yet to come….
Although born in Vancouver, Stephen spent most of his boyhood and teenage years in Ireland. There, he picked up the guitar and traces of the Irish and English musical traditions that have informed his music ever since; his musical roots are here and he looks forward to returning, sharing new songs and celebrating his new release with UK fans old and new.
Tickets are available online through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stephen-fearing-friday-2nd-november-800pm-tickets-49669371427?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
If you are local to Malvern tickets are also for sale through Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) or Carnival Records, both on Church Street in Malvern.
NB – I have had to remove the Pay-pal button for buying tickets direct from us as the coding seems to have developed a gremlin and several people have rung to say that they have been unable to purchase them – so for this reason please click on the link to the Eventbrite page above or visit TIC/Carnival records in person. Apologies for any inconvenience!
The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).
Doors will be opening at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.
There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.