Fearing & White

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LowdenProud Records is pleased to announce the label’s inaugural release, Fearing & White, a collaboration between Stephen Fearing and Andy White, set for Canadian release on March 8, 2011 (distributed by Maple Music).

The album, also a first for the two individually talented and acclaimed singer / songwriters (who boast nineteen solo albums between them), offers up a unique listening experience. Ten years of writing, three weeks of rich analog recording with Scott Merritt (Fred Eaglesmith) at his Guelph studio, The Cottage, and a whole lots of miles spent on the road together have gone into this album, aptly entitled Fearing & White. This eponymous debut duo album is the happy result of a long friendship that has survived both the tyranny of distance and the travails of the road. White now calls Melbourne, Australia, home, while Fearing has recently moved to Halifax on Canada’s east coast. Over the past eight years, the two well-travelled troubadours have juggled schedules so they can meet up at least once a year to hang out and write songs. Fearing & White is a collection of 13 of those tunes.

Fearing is well known within the international folk and roots music community as one of its most accomplished songsmiths, storytellers and guitarists. A double Juno award winner in his native Canada, he has experienced commercial and critical success, both in his solo career and with roots/rock supergroup Blackie and The Rodeo Kings. Along the way, Stephen has toured and recorded with everybody from Merle Haggard to Shawn Colvin.

Northern Ireland born and raised White has earned a global following for blending folk and pop stylings with a poet’s sensibility. Working with the great names of Irish music – Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison – and writing with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Neil and Tim Finn, Andy has won Ireland’s top songwriting awards and toured the world many times. A published author, his recent on the road journal/novel 21st Century Troubadour has scored rave reviews.

Fearing & White will be the first album bearing the LowdenProud imprint, and it marks an auspicious beginning for the new label. Although a duo project, Fearing & White is not the sound of two singers strumming acoustic guitars round a campfire. It features adventurous sonic atmospheres that perfectly compliment the eloquence of the lyrics, and both artists distinguish themselves on instruments with which they are not usually associated. White contributes melodic bass parts throughout (as well as acoustic guitar), while Fearing’s resonant and fluent electric and acoustic guitars shine consistently. Guest drummer/percussionist Ray Farrugia (Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond, Mary Gauthier) supplies a robust and rhythmic kick.

Fearing & White explores diverse lyrical terrain, though Andy reflects, “the album’s tone I find is one of yearning. It is emotionally bare, and coy and mysterious too. The songs will definitely keep you guessing.” Plus, as Stephen observes, “there is plenty of humour in there too.” For instance, the stream of conscious-psychedelia of the infectious ‘Silver Sky’, the breezy upbeat vibe of opening track ‘Say You Will’, the cod-Irish humour of ‘Heart O’ The Morning’, and the musically quirky yet haunting groove of ‘Mothership’.

Fearing and White are eagerly looking forward to taking these songs on the road, and have cleared their busy individual schedules to do just that. Duo tour dates in Western Canada and Ontario are being set for March and April, after which Stephen will be active with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, who release their keenly awaited new album, Kings And Queens, in May 2011. Andy remains on the road for most of the year in Australia, North America and Europe, as a fully paid up 21st Century Troubadour.

UK release and a tour of the UK and Ireland is planned for later this year, in the meantime you can order the album from Maple Music, through our shop page.