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Fraser & Girard News

Ciao from Italia 

We're enjoying immensely our time here in Italy. We're recording new material at Studio G here in Fabro, and finding new rest and inspiration for writing. It would suit us fine to stay here and continue writing for years to come. That's the anchor in our lives, nurturing creativity and making art.
in November we go to Freiburg, Germany and then on to UK. 
Stay tuned for more adventures

Italian Holiday and Activity Since May 

Time slips by so quickly. In May we gave a house concert in Belleville, Ontario and then continued through to Quebec to play a club in Ormstown called Gigzz and met up with old friends from the area where Allan lived for ten years and we had a meeting the talented and charming Christopher Pennington . From there we drove to North Carolina to attend a music conference where we were featured in three different showcases and did a video of some of our new songs. We played just outside Union Station in Toronto in a noon outdoor concert and then on to Fred Eaglesmith's Annual Charity Picnic in Aylmer, Ontario. We played there last year as well and we got a chance to relax and visit with Fred and Tiffany at there trailer before the show. 

We then performed at our third annual picnic in London at Marianne's brother Mike's home near London, Ontario. In June, we decided to take a hiatus as an opportunity came up for us to visit Italy for a few months, so we have packed our things into a storage unit and we fly to Umbria, Italy on Sunday. Our friends David Hines and Lynette Fairweather have our cats while we are in Europe  and they seemed very happy there when we attended a party there a few weeks ago. You do get attached over three years. This Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Black Swan in Toronto,  we will record one of Tony Quarrington songs, Hellhound On My Lawn, for inclusion on an album of Quarrington's original songs to be released next winter. Also on the bill are Jon Brooks, Joe Hall, Wendell Ferguson; Laura Fernandez and several other artists. 

Quote for May Day 

From Quotes of the day. Thanks to songwriter exemplaire  Gretchen Peters and her wonderful, informative site.

Stephen Sondheim’s Three Principles of Lyric Writing
There are only three principles necessary for a lyric writer, all of them familiar truisms. They were not immediately apparent to me when I started writing, but have come into focus via Oscar Hammerstein’s tutoring, Strunk and White’s huge little book The Elements of Style and my own sixty-some years of practicing the craft. I have not always been skilled or diligent enough to follow them as faithfully as I would like, but they underlie everything I’ve ever written. In no particular order, and to be inscribed in stone: 

Content Dictates Form 

Less Is More 

God Is in the Details 

All in the service of Clarity without which nothing else matters. 

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New Archival Fraser and DeBolt Double Album International Release  

From 1969 until 1975, Allan Fraser was half of Fraser and DeBolt on Columbia Records. Even today, their two albums remain influential and appreciated by many who witnessed their performances. Roaratorio Records in Minneapolis, MN has just released a double album of the group's previously unreleased archival recordings. 

                                                                                                               Cover Design, Craig Allen; Photo, Rod MacIvor, Ottawa 

The double album is available on vinyl and purchase includes a download. Order at iTunes or through Roaratorio Records. Fraser and Roaratorio Records are now negotiating the release of an EP to include four other tracks including a Fraser & DeBolt cover of the Rolling Stones' You Can't Always Get What You Want. Stay tuned here for more information.

Fraser & Girard To Showcase at Northeast Region Folk Alliance Conference 

Fraser & Girard appear at Toronto's Winterfolk X1V Blues and Roots Festival on Saturday, February 13 at The Black Swan (154 Danforth Ave) at 10 pm. Also, on Friday, February 12 at Dora Keogh Traditional Irish Pub (141 Danforth Ave) they will participate in a workshop hosted by Shawna Caspi called "Power and Politics". Annabelle Chvostik will take part, too. On Sunday, February 14, Allan Fraser will be part of a workshop with the theme, "The Earth", hosted by Rev. Lynne Harrison and featuring several of the festivals top performers including Danny Marks and Noah Zacharin.  

We'll be touring locally during the winter and spring, while preparing for our U.S. '17 tour, beginning with Midnight Special Folk Stage at WFMT Chicago. This will be a live recording, syndicated on XM. Rich Warren heard us at Nerfa, and booked us. Chicago here we come!

Three opportunities to see Fraser & Girard at this years Kerhonkson NY NERFA conference: Thursday night in Room 1311 at 11:45 pm, Saturday afternoon at 1 pm (also in Room 1311) and in Mike Kornfeld's Acoustic Music Theme Room 1506 early Sunday morning between 2:00 and 3:30 am. These showcases are open to all those attending the conference.

Fraser & Girard Showcase At Folk Music Ontario Conference 

photo: Michael Kornfeld

Sponsored by Folk Music Canada's Export Development Program, Fraser & Girard participated in the Folk Music Ontario conference in Toronto October 15 - 17. This gave them the chance to meet promoters, music festival artistic directors, journalists, publicists, managers, booking agents and electronic media producers from Canada, the U.S. and Australia. November 12 - 13, the duo will attend the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference in Kerhonkson, N.Y. where they will again showcase as part of the Folk Music Canada contingent of performers.

This will be Fraser & Girard's first foray into the U.S., a critical milestone they anticipate with great pleasure.  

Fraser & Girard Join Forces, Create Magic

Musicians Allan Fraser and Marianne Girard had been crossing paths for more than thirty years. One evening in August 2013, over tea, they met again under a Japanese maple tree on College Street in Toronto and the two well established and highly regarded Canadian singer/songwriters joined heads, hearts and their two lifetimes of music. 

"This new collaboration, 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

With great pleasure, we present this exciting, new collaboration, Fraser & Girard.