15 Songs, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Juno Award-winning, Canadian singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing assembled this collection from two decades of work: six studio albums, a live album and two additional new tracks (“The Big East West,” “No Dress Rehearsal”). His voice and Celtic folk influences are reminiscent of Richard Thompson with whom he’s worked. “The Finest Kind,” in fact, is a dead-ringer for a latter-day Thompson tune. “Home” recalls Neil Young’s “Down By the River” with its lurching rhythm. Elsewhere, Fearing maps out his own idiosyncratic voice backed by his dexterous acoustic guitar playing. It gives these songs of wanderlust and yearning an extra bounce and brings Fearing’s consistent melancholy a bittersweet beauty that haunts tunes such as “Beguiling Eyes,” “The Longest Road,” and “The Bells of Morning.” Fearing has never cut a poor album and, if anything, this collection is simply too brief a synopsis for a career so rewarding and complex. Let it serve as an introduction to a much underrated and often overlooked major talent.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Juno Award-winning, Canadian singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing assembled this collection from two decades of work: six studio albums, a live album and two additional new tracks (“The Big East West,” “No Dress Rehearsal”). His voice and Celtic folk influences are reminiscent of Richard Thompson with whom he’s worked. “The Finest Kind,” in fact, is a dead-ringer for a latter-day Thompson tune. “Home” recalls Neil Young’s “Down By the River” with its lurching rhythm. Elsewhere, Fearing maps out his own idiosyncratic voice backed by his dexterous acoustic guitar playing. It gives these songs of wanderlust and yearning an extra bounce and brings Fearing’s consistent melancholy a bittersweet beauty that haunts tunes such as “Beguiling Eyes,” “The Longest Road,” and “The Bells of Morning.” Fearing has never cut a poor album and, if anything, this collection is simply too brief a synopsis for a career so rewarding and complex. Let it serve as an introduction to a much underrated and often overlooked major talent.

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About Stephen Fearing

Singer/songwriter Stephen Fearing was born in the mid-'60s in Vancouver, but spent most of his boyhood in Dublin, where he picked up the traces of Celtic folk that color his music. He returned to Canada in the mid-'80s, and began playing clubs and festivals in the area. Fearing self-released his debut album Stephen Fearing (The Yellow Tape) in 1986, and signed with Canadian label Aural Tradition for a second album, 1988's Out to Sea. The LP also appeared in the U.K. on Black Crow Records. Though he recorded the album Blue Line in 1989, Fearing spent most of that year and the next touring the U.S. and Europe on a Celtic bill that played at Peter Gabriel's WOMAD Festival and the Reading Festival. Canada's True North signed him in 1991 and reissued Out to Sea and Blue Line before releasing his major-label debut The Assassin's Apprentice in 1994. It featured appearances from Sarah McLachlan and longtime friend Richard Thompson. The album was also Fearing's U.S. debut, on Cooking Vinyl Records. Industrial Lullaby followed in 1998 and So Many Miles followed two years later. ~ John Bush

HOMETOWN
Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana
BORN
1962

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