Stephen Fearing

Genres: Folk
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


c.1962, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Fearing was raised in Dublin, Eire, from 1969-81 following his parents’ divorce. He has subsequently emerged as one of his home nation’s most affecting contemporary singer-songwriters, despite never receiving the international acclaim afforded some of his peers. He began working on the Canadian club circuit in the mid-80s, releasing his first album for Vancouver label Aural Tradition in 1988. This, and the subsequent Blue Line, released in the UK by Rough Trade Records in 1990, established a reputation for downbeat, at times mawkish songwriting. However, both contained songs of poignancy and charm, and won over critics from the UK and Canada alike (he has found it more difficult, however, to make an impression on the US market). His 1993 album, The Assassin’s Apprentice, was a more optimistic-sounding set, and featured Sarah McLachlan on the extracted single ‘Expectations’. In 1996 Fearing...

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