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    Fraser & Girard News

    Quote for May Day 

    From  advicetowriters.com 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.  

    FamJam Return Engagement a Success  

    Thanks Mike and Jeanette Girard for a good evening with family and friends, delicious food and a wonderful scotch tasting. We had a fine time and here is a live performance photo taken by Marianne's niece, filmaker Tess Girard during our appearance

    The Mighty Penny Blues 

    Marianne was charged almost $50 for a transaction with insufficient funds by $.01. She contacted the consummers advocate at Global TV News and was able to get justice. Fraser and Girard wrote a song about the event called The Mighty Penny Blues and here are the links to the story and a video Global produced using the entire song


    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.