Stephen Fearing & Andy White
MEL LEHAN HALL AT ST. JAMES i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
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Multiple Juno Award winning Stephen Fearing is one of the foremost performing singer-songwriters in Canada. Mixing powerful lyrics, creative arrangements and brilliant guitar playing, Fearing has built up a loyal and dedicated international audience with a wide range of songs - from his 1988 release Out to Sea, to his last Juno winning album Yellowjacket. A founding member of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Stephen has collaborated with many artists including Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Sarah McLachlan, Tom Wilson, Colin Linden, Margo Timmins and most recently producing Happy Here the latest Juno-nominated album from Suzie Vinnick. His latest recording, The Man Who Married Music is a 'Best Of' collection, with tracks handpicked by Stephen, featuring some of the best music he has released over his career as well as two brand new tracks "No Dress Rehearsal" and "The Big East West".
Check out this great article (PDF) about Stephen in Guitar Player magazine (June 2009)
Andy White, one of the great Irish singer-songwriters, tours the world with his 12 string guitar in one hand and a book of poetry in the other. He has worked with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sinead O'Connor, Van Morrison and Neil and Tim Finn, been musical director at WOMAD UK and won Ireland's top songwriting awards. Since his breakthrough single "Religious Persuasion", Andy has produced ten internationally acclaimed albums, the latest of which, Songwriter (Wildflower Records) is widely acknowledged as one of his finest. Songwriter has many Canadian connections. After working with Po' Girl in the UK, Andy wrote a series of songs with lead singer Allison Russell including first single off the album, the duet "If You Want It". Andy then called up old chum Stephen Fearing to co-write live favourite "Turn Up The Temperature" and emotional highlight of the album "Faithful Heart". Stephen and Andy met at Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1998 and have co-written a series of songs for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings including "If I Catch You Crying". Songwriter was recorded in Vancouver and features Allison Russell on vocals, Paul Rigby (Neko Case/Jakob Dylan) playing electric guitar and pedal steel, and John Raham (Be Good Tanyas/Frazey Ford) on drums. it's a new rootsier direction for the Belfast songsmith. As well as releasing albums, Andy is a published poet and writer. His latest book is 21st Century Troubadour (Lagan Press), an On The Road style narrative.