Journal of the San Juan Islands


Reggae legend to unveil ‘Heart & Soul’ in acoustic, solo show

April 17, 2013 · Updated 5:04 PM

Legendary reggae musician Clinton Fearon will be at the Grange Hall, Friday, for a first-ever performance in Friday Harbor. / Contributed photo

Perhaps no other performer in the world of reggae music carries the kind of name familiarity quite like the late Bob Marley does.

But to the tried-and-true reggae fan, Clinton Fearon comes very close.

Following an 18-year-career as a mainstay of The Gladiators, long-known as one of the more heavy hitting bands of the reggae-roots movement that flourished in Kingston, Jamaica in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Fearon moved to Seattle in the early ‘90s and set out on his own.

He will be at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor for a first-ever performance in the San Juan Islands, a solo acoustic concert, Friday, April 19.

Billed as an “all-ages” show, doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets can purchased at Rocky Bay Cafe prior to the show; adults, $10, student (14-18) $5, with proper identification, or for $15, for adults, at the door.

Though perhaps not as widely known as a Marley or a Jimmy Cliff, Fearon can easily be considered as prolific, if not more so. With Fearon featured either as lead singer, on bass, or on backup vocals, The Gladiators released more than 25 albums over the course of the band’s heralded 18-year run.

As a solo artist, the 62-year-old singer-songwriter, frontman for his own band, the Boogie Brown Band, has released 10 recordings, including 2012’s “Heart and Soul”. A solo acoustic project, much like 2005’s “Me An’ My Guitar”, the scaled-down quality of Heart and Soul, just the musician and his instrument, allows Fearon to showcase his acclaimed songwriting and singing prowess, as well as a legendary talent for busting out stirring, captivating rhythms on an acoustic guitar.

Find out more about Fearon, his career, and music at www.clintonfearon.com. For concert tickets, 378-5051.


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