Canadian songsmith Stephen Fearing and Belfast troubadour Andy White met one hot dusty evening at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1998. With 21 solo albums and Canada and Ireland’s top songwriting awards between them, the two quickly became friends and a musical force to be reckoned with. After yearly co-writing sessions (including ‘If I Catch You Crying’ and ‘October Lies’ for Blackie And The Rodeo Kings), the tall duo found they had enough songs to record and release their eponymous debut album Fearing & Whitein 2011, followed by 2014’s Tea and Confidences. White’s moody, electric Brit-punk sensibility brings out the rebellious in Fearing as they craft storytelling songs about love, disappointment and second chances, wrapped in beautiful harmonies and hot picking.
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The lads’ second album Tea And Confidences starts where the eponymous debut left off – taking the groove up a notch and exploring more of what it’s like to be out there on the open road, singer-songwriters collaborating as friends and fellow-countrymen, writing with a rare depth of experience and emotion.
Live Fearing & White shows are both intimate and uproarious. The two guys sing harmony throughout and can change from the heartbreak of Emigrant Song or If I Catch You Crying to the raucous We Came Together or the rootsy UK pop of Tea And Confidences at the flick of a switch. And the stories … oh yes the stories!
Here’s the schedule, see our tour page for more details:
Feb 4 – Jasper Royal Canadian Legion Branch 31, Jasper AB
Feb 5 – Elks Hall, Red Deer AB
Feb 6 – The Bailey Theatre, Camrose AB
Feb 7 – Northern Lights Folk Club, Edmonton AB
Feb 8 – Ironwood Stage & Grill, Calgary AB
Feb 11 – Princess Cinemas, Waterloo ON
Feb 13 – Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, Peterborough ON
Feb 14 – Abbott Hall, Tamworth ON
Feb 15 – House Concert, c/o Scott Merrifield, Sudbury ON
Feb 16 – Royal Canadian Legion, Espanola ON
Feb 17 – Stephen Leacock Museum, Orillia ON
There are still a few dates to be announced, but here is what we’ve got so far.
Our first album entitled Fearing& White - was written in week-long sessions over about ten years, but with Andy and I both so busy these days, and (still) living on opposite sides of the planet, we knew that we would have to work fast to write the the new one… to cut a long story short, we basically wrote Tea and Confidences in two short bursts of inspired madness (a brief stint in January 2012 at my house in Halifax got the ball rolling, followed by a 4 day write-athon on Saltspring Island in August 2012, where we nailed 11 songs and killed a few bottles of wine). The album was recorded in Guelph – January 2013, at Scott Merritt’s The Cottage studio with Gary Craig on drums/percussion with special guests: Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) – Harmonica and Ray Farrugia (LeE HarvEy Osmond) – Drums. This new recording is a big step forward for Fearing & White, and as our bio says, “… sounds like each man’s most urgent statement to date. The songs are filled with big tones and the pure excitement of creation. … guitar-driven rock numbers built around jukebox-ready grooves (“We Came Together”, “Sanctuary”) and aching harmonies with no-frills arrangements on ballads (“Emigrant Song”, “Another Time Another Place”). On Tea and Confidences it’s all brought to life with a spark and the spirit of discovery hanging thick in the air.” You want to hear (and download for free) a cut? Click here, have a listen and share it with your pals… you’re welcome : – )
Tour plans are coming together quickly with twenty plus shows booked across western Canada in March and April, plans for the summer and fall are afoot and, well, it’s going to be “interesting” to see if I can keep all the balls in the air. Here are our tour dates.
In the meantime click the link to our tour page to see where the guys will be in January.]]>