Canadian Musician May/June 2017 - Page 55

More than 30 years into his musical jour- ney, Stephen Fearing shows no signs of slowing down. And that’s a good thing. With no roots, but rather one foot al- ways on the move, the songwriter recently relocated from one coast of Canada to an- other. After living in Halifax, NS for a while, it was time for a change, and so he packed his bags and he and his wife moved to Victoria, BC, where they bought a fixer- upper, circa 1910; shortly thereafter, his creativity was awakened. It was time to write another solo record to follow up 2013’s Between Hurricanes. “We bought [the house], closed the front door, and said, ‘That’s enough for now,’” Fearing recalls. “There were boxes everywhere and there was nowhere to write. I had a couple of bits, but nothing. So I ended up at the Banff Centre [for Arts and Creativity] for one week and ended up talking my way into being there for an extra week with no responsibilities … that Stephen Fearing is what started the writing process.” Then, in March of last year, Peter North, a long-time DJ at Edmonton’s CKUA and now the artistic director at the Salmon Arm Roots Festival, offered Fearing his cabin in Wells, BC – a small mining town in the middle of the province. During this fortnight in the woods is when the magic started, and it was all fuelled by his electric guitar. The result is his ninth solo offering, Every Soul’s a Sailor, released this past Janu- ary. I met Fearing in between a cross-coun- try tour with Blackie & The Rodeo Kings. C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N • 55