Fearing and White: Juno Award-winning performers coming to the Phoenix Apr. 17

Salish Sea Creations

Press Release

Monday, April 7 2014

Canadian singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing met Belfast troubadour Andy White backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1998. Forming an instant friendship, the two musicians began a series of yearly co-writing sessions at Fearing’s home in Guelph, Ontario. At each get-together, they would play a few shows and spend the rest of their time together trading lyrics, melodies, harmonies and arrangement ideas, slowly crafting a body of songs that was uniquely different from their solo work. After a decade of these informal sessions, they bit the bullet and recorded their acclaimed 2011 debut, Fearing & White.

For their followup, Tea and Confidences (LowdenProud Records), Andy and Stephen decided to take a different approach to the creative process. With Fearing having recently relocated to Nova Scotia, and Andy living in Melbourne, Australia, it was going to require planning. The new album started with an intense songwriting session one Halifax New Year. They reconvened later that summer and wrote the bulk of the new album in one incredible four-day sprint of inspiration between two West Coast festival weekends in Vancouver and on Salt Spring Island. Six months later, they booked back into The Cottage Studio in Guelph, with veteran drummer/percussionist Gary Craig (Bruce Cockburn), and special guests Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) on harmonica and Ray Farrugia (Junkhouse) on drums.

Stephen Fearing is a multiple Juno Award winner who has become a hero of the international roots and folk scene through his acclaimed solo performances, as well as through his work with the super-group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. He currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Andy White has been honoured with many of Ireland’s most prestigious songwriting awards. He is an author and songwriter who has collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor and Neil and Tim Finn. Andy now calls Melbourne, Australia, home. 

Fearing and White will be on Gabriola April 17, live at the Phoenix Auditorium at The Haven. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at Artworks or Gerry26@me.com; $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. Brought to you by Salish Sea Creations.