Nick Ferrio is a heartfelt singer and songwriter based in Peterborough, Ontario. A member of the humourous and wise folk-rock band the Burning Hell, Ferrio has emerged as an artistic force in his own right, releasing two seven-inch singles and now two full-length albums that have each been acclaimed by critics, as vibrant contributions to folk and country music in Canada. His latest album is entitled Amongst the Coyotes and Birdsongs, it’s out now via Headless Owl and Shuffling Feet Records, and has prompted Ferrio to play select tour dates, including one at the Hillside Festival in Guelph on the weekend of July 24. Here, Nick and I chat about sweating in Peterborough, touring with the Burning Hell, European trains versus Canadian trains, Mike O’Neill and Go Trains, the ferociousness of love, relationships, what’s going on on Amongst the Coyotes and Birdsongs, Steven Lambke’s songwriting, Mathias Kom and the Silver Hearts and the Burning Hell, country music as a fashionable state of mind, Geoff Berner’s song “Phony Drawl,” growing up in Sutton, Ontario, Nevermind and The Lion King, seeing Dinosaur Jr. opening up for Alanis Morrissette, Wayne Regretzky, the Great One’s cottage, why he’s no longer the Artistic Director of the Peterborough Folk Festival, The Burning Hell getting snubbed in Peterborough, playing the Hillside Festival, the new Burning Hell record, the song “At My Window,” and then Nick stopped loving Vish today.
Related links: nickferrio.com hillsidefestival.ca vishkhanna.com