Stephen Fearing brings his unique songwriting talents, diverse guitar-playing abilities and soulful voice to the Mary Winspear Centre’s Charlie White Theatre for a May 3 show. Photo contributed

Stephen Fearing brings his unique songwriting talents, diverse guitar-playing abilities and soulful voice to the Mary Winspear Centre’s Charlie White Theatre for a May 3 show. Photo contributed

Fearing is loving life in West Coast La La Land

Award-winning blues-folk guitarist singer/songwriter playing Sidney show on May 3

Stephen Fearing and his family moved to Victoria a couple of years ago, but his real home is on the road.

The 56-year old, award-winning musician splits his touring life fronting his solo concerts and sharing a stage with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson in the Canadian super-group, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Fearing’s soulful, reflective music goes straight to the heart, his weathered vocals and expert guitar picking bringing smart, poetic narratives to life.

Fearing plays Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on Friday, May 3 in a highly recommended concert opened by another Canadian folk music star, Oh Susanna.

Fearing is a brilliant singer, guitarist, producer and songwriter. His 2017 recording Every Soul’s A Sailor garnered a Blues and Roots Radio Award for Album of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Fearing as Contemporary Singer of the Year. With 11 recordings in his discography, he has been lauded for his songcraft since his 1991 West Coast Music Award as Traditional Roots Performer of the Year.

This spring the veteran musician added a vinyl-only release of his latest recording, The Secret of Climbing. It’s a stunning performance and bodes well for Fearing’s local performance in Sidney.

“I look forward to a local show now that I live in Shangra La,” Fearing explains. “I’ll have my HiFiLoTech, new 180 gm vinyl (The Secret of Climbing) with me and a well-rested voice after my recent sold-our tour of Ontario. Life is good.”

For more information or to find tickets, visit marywinspear.ca or call 250-656-0275.

– Joseph Blake, Monday contributor

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