Juno winner Stephen Fearing visits Fernie
After seven years, Juno Award-winning folk artist Stephen Fearing is back with a new solo album. He’ll be showing it off in Fernie at The Arts Station Monday night.
Born out of several life-changing events, ‘Between Hurricanes’ is both the document and result of many significant changes for Fearing, following the release of ‘Yellowjacket’ back in 2006.
“Though I didn’t know it at the time, it marked the end of many things and the beginning of so many more,” said Fearing. “My marriage of 14 years ended shortly after the record came out. Hard on the heels of this devastation, True North Records, my home on record for over a decade, changed hands.
“Around the same time, my dear friend and manager Bernie Finkelstein started to make noises about cutting back on his workload. Bernie and I had been together through thick and thin for over 16 years, but I realized that it was time to let go of the old ties and step out into the brave new world of true independence.”
In 2008, Fearing moved from his home in Guelph, Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he completed work on albums with Blackie and The Rodeo Kings and Belfast’s Andy White. He also got remarried, became a father, and still managed to tour relentlessly.
New songs had begun to emerge and plans were finally made to return to studio.
Fearing shaped the 11 songs on Between Hurricanes with the idea of crafting a solo record, while not employing a traditional folk approach to the music.
Fearing will take the stage at The Arts Station at 8 p.m. on Monday.
Tickets: Tickets: Members – adult, $20, youth, $14. Non-members – adult, $25, youth, $18.