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Fraser & Girard – CD Release
June 14, 2015 @ 8:30 pm$22.50 – $25
Fraser & Girard Join Forces, Create Magic
Veteran musicians Allan Fraser and Marianne Girard have been crossing paths throughout their individual careers. Two years ago, they met again over tea under a Japanese maple tree on College Street in Toronto. This was the beginning of the masterful artistic collaboration of Fraser & Girard. From their earliest performances, it was apparent that the partnership was right, inspiring both audiences and critics. Their debut CD, Fraser & Girard, produced by Canada’s Paul Mills, captures the fire and heart of their conviction, and two lifetimes of music.
“… a new Toronto-based folk duo, Fraser & Girard; an incomparable couple on and off the stage…” James Reaney, The London Free Press.
“Allan (Fraser) and Marianne (Girard) put on a wonderful show here at London Music Club this past June. Their wit and passion shine through with every word and every chord played…we look forward to having them back here at LMC. This is world class singer songwriter, folk routes entertainment.” … Pete Denomme, London Music Club.
“This new merger, Fraser & Girard, shows all the magic that can occur when two gifted singer/songwriters join forces. Both have great songs. Both have everything it takes to completely satisfy an audience on their own. Together, they offer an abundance of riches. The resulting musical chemistry unfolds in spontaneous and unpredictable ways, creating one moment after another of unexpected grace and joy.” — David Hines, Toronto.
Allan Fraser is best known as half of folk duo, Fraser & DeBolt, that released two critically acclaimed and influential albums internationally on Columbia Records and toured extensively in Canada and the U.S.
Fraser’s songs have been recorded by Tom Russell, Cal Hand with Leo Kottke and the Duhks. Songwriters Hall of Fame member, and have become campfire favourites.
John Oates, (Hall and Oates), recorded Fraser’s signature title, Dance Hall Girls on his album, “Mississippi Mile,” an homage to the songwriters who most most influenced his own compositions and, the following year, on “The Bluesville Sessions.”
Garrison Keillor, of the perennially popular NPR program, “A Prairie Home Companion,” performed Fraser’s “Waltz of the Tennis Players” and Allan’s compositions have been used on the show several times by various other artists.
The New York Times described Allan’s songs as gypsy theatre: “… with this range of feeling, dense imagery and unexpected depth, their words may well find a place in the oral tradition of poetry …”
Cashbox Canada magazine’s Don Graham reviewed Fraser’s August 2012 Toronto concert as: “… an amazing evening of music … there is still a buzz about Allan Fraser … The audience was there to soak up the Fraser vibe and were thrilled … there is no mistaking his original sound and style … make sure you get out and experience this truly original artist and his work…”
Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, Marianne Girard will melt your heart and move your feet. Her songs paint vibrant landscapes, firing up the senses with a deep understanding of the human condition, a spectacular voice, and irresistible rootsy grooves. Those familiar with Canadian song craft know that Marianne is a proven songwriter capable of great sensitivity, insight and truthfulness. Born in London Ontario, and raised in rural Middlesex County, Marianne’s musical awakening began in the London Smale’s Pace music scene with such legends as Stan Rogers, the Good Brothers, Willie P. Bennett, David Bradstreet, Colleen Peterson, Lisa Garber, John P. Allen, Colin Linden, and many more. As a writer, Girard embraces a graceful simplicity in making sense of life’s most poignant mysteries. Her patient compassion and restless urgency adds an edge to her soulful lyrics and sweet melodies. There is an ache, a joy and a longing that are bone and sinew deep. She carries with her, younger days of apple trees, tobacco fields, baseball, bad boys and tough small town girls, and singing in the church choir. With dreams of a bigger world beyond the farmlands, she left home at 16. By 18, she was playing guitar, and at 21 she was in Nashville, where her voyage as a writer began in earnest.
Marianne mounted her own one-woman show, “The Mad Woman of Basin Street” in 1980. This ‘beat’ poetry and song biography of the life of Dakota Staton was recorded by the CBC and hailed a ‘tour de force’ by Toronto LIfe Magazine. She recorded her first LP in 1982, “When It Hurts” on Sailor Records, and as an independent artist, toured her own finely-crafted and powerful music throughout North America and Europe. She has also appeared on many compilations as a featured performer and as a studio session singer and player.
In 1992, she wrote and performed the theme song for the United Nations Peace Conference. Marianne was raising a family on her own by that time, and left the road when her young daughter pleaded, “Mom, I just want a normal life!”. Her entire life as an artist led her to re-train as an Expressive Arts Therapist, utilizing all of the arts as healing in rural clinics and reserves, schools, rehab centres and hospitals, allowing her to stay close to home to raise her daughters.
In 2002 the late, great Canadian songwriter, Norm Hacking, coaxed her to play at his open stage, ‘Norm’s Living Room’ at the Tranzac Club in Toronto, and the long journey back to the music business began. Shortly thereafter, Marianne’s cd, “In This Town” produced by John Switzer, was released. Subsequent reviews welcomed her back,
… “Songs delivered with a lovely, compelling voice that is full of passion.” Les Siemieniuk, Penguin Eggs
… “Elegantly simple, folk-tinged ballads; very personal tales of love and panoramic ruminations…” Greg Quill, Toronto Star
… “this Canadian Nightingale has not left my CD player in weeks.” Root Revival ATL Belgium
… “Solid songwriting and consistently stellar performance.” Jason McNeil, All Music Guide
Another highlight of this re-emergence was her live performance in 2006 on the “Midnight Special” at WFMT radio in Chicago, which broadcast worldwide on XM/Sirius radio. She was then invited to two prestigious Literary Arts Festivals in Ireland.
“Pirate Days”, produced by Douglas Romanow, was released in 2009, and received a Canadian Folk Music Awards nomination for ‘Best Contemporary Singer’. Reviews were again enthusiastic. …
” ‘Pirate Days’ is a revelation…alternatively bold and tender…served exquisitely by a voice that’s unequivocally pure and joyfully unrestrained” Greg Quill, Toronto Star
“A fine singer, Marianne’s songs are well served by her acoustic arrangements and clean production” Mike Regenstreif, Sing Out! Magazine.
“Wow!” Not likely to forget about this one. She DOES stand out. Big time!” Penquin Eggs, Canada’s Folk Magazine
“I think that one measure of a good album is if you go around for days after listening to it with a couple of the songs constantly playing in your head.” Eli Marcus, Peace Radio, Israel.
It is with great pleasure that we present the exciting, new collaboration, Fraser & Girard.