Clinton Fearon and The Boogie Brown Band – August 5th 2017 at The Farm
If you know reggae music, you know Clinton Fearon. Born in Jamaica, Clinton became the bassist, vocalist and lyricist of the mythic Gladiators at the age of 19. He was also a session musician for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s at Black Ark in the 70s, two of the main producers on the island at this time. In these studios, Clinton composed some everlasting bass lines for well-known artists like Yabby You, Jimmy Riley, Max Romeo, Junior Byles and many others. Clinton Fearon is an active songwriter, composer, singer and multi instrumentalist. His counted among Jamaica’s most talented musicians by peers and professionals in the Reggae music industry. His infectious bass lines, guitar licks, percussion accents and powerful vocals make Clinton Fearon a living legend among reggae musicians and fans.
After leaving Jamaica in 1987, Clinton Fearon started a new career in Seattle. He and some of the musicians of The Gladiators took advantage of the extra time remaining on their visa, at the end of the US tour, to started a band in the Northwest: The Defenders. The band built a nice following in the area but split after five years. Clinton Fearon finally formed his own band in the mid 90s in Seattle with local musicians: Boogie Brown Band. Clinton Fearon recorded eight albums with Boogie Brown Band and tours with them in the Pacific Northwest and Europe intensively, but also other places in the US and South America. In September 2016, the 65 years old (65-year-old) Jamaican Clinton Fearon released what he considers to be his best work to date, the magnificent This Morning with 13 brand new original songs. Each song of Clinton Fearon is a strong message coming from the heart of a man who is dedicating his artistic talent to help a better world to come.
With chiselled music and poetic lyrics, he opens reggae to a wider audience who simply loves his beautiful songs. At the Hornby Festival, Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band will be performing a full evening concert at our gorgeous farm venue. They will also be performing live on CHFR outside the local radio station, doing a short acoustic solo performance as part of our Art In Unusual Places Project and Clinton will also be part of our teaching faculty in our NEW Hornby Island Music Career Practicum for Emerging Musicians.
Opening Act: The Rabena Family Band
In the tradition of much-loved family bands, siblings Natalie, Jeff, and TOny, led by their dad, Glen Rabena, bring their string-driven harmonies, and comedic charm to The Farm. Don’t miss these local heart warmers!