The Ryga Festival is thrilled to present an intimate evening with Juno Award winning musician Stephen Fearing, whose latest album, Every Soul’s a Sailor, made him the Contemporary Singer of the Year at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Stephen Fearing has released ten albums as a solo artist, featuring such musical guests as Bruce Cockburn, Margo Timmons, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, and Suzie Vinnick.
As co-founder of the popular band Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Stephen Fearing recorded nine more albums. Named as one of the finest songwriters in Canada, he built a national and international audience for his music, doing it old school through countless performances at intimate venues and on the concert stages of festivals and theatres across Canada, the US, and Britain. Praised for his “masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style” by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Fearing was described as “ a king amongst minstrels” by the Halifax Chronicle Herald.
Opening for Stephen Fearing is the popular and talented singer-songwriter Tavis Weir.
Summerland’s Ryga Festival, August 29 to September 2, 2018, features concerts, plays, storytelling and more, with internationally-known artists and the best of Okanagan performers, led by Artistic Director Heather Davies.
George Ryga (1926-1987) is considered by many to be Canada’s most important English-language playwright. At his Summerland, BC home he created plays, screenplays, novels and poetry, including the ground-breaking play, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, which was published to critical acclaim in 1967 and remains the best-selling Canadian play of all time.
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