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    Fraser & Girard News

    CD Launch a Beautiful Success 

    Thank you to everyone who came out to see us at Hugh's Room, last Sunday, June 14. You were an amazing audience, and made our job easy.
    Thank you to Beverly Kreller of SPEAK Music Publicity bev@speak-music.com  for getting the word out, in Toronto and across Canada. The reviews are still coming in.
    Thank you to Dennis Pendrith and Paul Mills for making the music soar. Thanks also to David Hines, Mark Whitcombe, and Glen Hornblast for the videos and to Hugh's Room for making the night so successful. The Hugh's Room staff took good care of us, and Anne Keillor at the soundboard made us sound fabulous.

    Fraser & Girard Debut Album Reviewed 


    "...Thank goodness I'm now in a position to get advance copies of things! It seems that Allan Fraser has met a new kindred musical spirit in Marianne Girard and...this new duo has developed a voice of its own. Girard's husky contralto...blends well with Fraser's sometimes gravelly low tenor and I love it when their harmonies are reversed and he takes the high line... I know where I'll be on Sunday June 14  - at Hugh's Room for the launch of Fraser & Girard..."          
           - David Olds, DISCoveries Editor, The Whole Note magazine, summer 2015



    Sunday, June 14 @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. Toronto – Doors 6:00 pm / Show 8:30 pm

    WHO: Fraser & Girard – Celebrated Canadian singer-songwriters Allan Fraser and Marianne Girard
    WHAT: New duo Fraser & Girard in concert, to release self-titled CD
    WHERE: Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. Toronto, ON
    WHEN: Sunday, June 14 – Doors 6:00 pm / Show 8:30 pm
    TICKETS: $22.50 adv. / $25 door @ www.hughsroom.com  or by calling (416)-531-6604
    Dinner reservations guarantee seating
    WEBSITES: www.fraserandgirard.com / www.hughsroom.com
    "… a new Toronto-based folk duo, Fraser & Girard; an incomparable couple on and off the stage…"
    ~ James Reaney, The London Free Press
    TORONTO – Fresh folk duo Fraser & Girard team up on this stirring, self-titled debut album and already critics and audiences are loving this new collaboration. Allan Fraser (Fraser & DeBolt) and Marianne Girard, each gifted, widely recognized artists, release their new music on Sunday, June 14 at Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. Toronto, at 8:30 pm. For more info please visit www.fraserandgirard.com / www.hughsroom.com
    They have often crossed paths throughout their careers. Two years ago, they
     met again for tea under a Japanese maple tree on College Street in Toronto. This was the beginning of Fraser & Girard's masterful artistic pairing, though, true to Marianne’s feisty nature, there was some “buoyant” conversation about which name should go first. From their earliest performances, the chemistry was apparent. Their debut album, Fraser & Girard, produced by well-known Canadian folk roots music producer, Paul Mills, captures the fire and heart of their conviction and dedication.
    Allan Fraser is best known as half of folk duo Fraser & DeBolt, who released two critically acclaimed and influential albums internationally on Columbia Records, and toured extensively in Canada and the U.S. His songs have been recorded by Tom Russell, Cal Hand with Leo Kottke, and the Duhks, among many others, and have become campfire favourites.
    Fraser's talent and skill have kept his music relevant for audiences and other musicians. 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...there is no mistaking his original sound and style…” John Oates (Hall and Oates) recorded Fraser’s signature song, (which Fraser & Girard also recorded for their album), "Dance Hall Girls" on his album Mississippi Mile. An homage to the songwriters who most influenced his own compositions, Oates also recorded it the following year, on The Bluesville Sessions. The New York Times described Fraser’s songs as gypsy theatre: "... with this range of feeling, dense imagery and unexpected depth,... (these)... words may well find a place in the oral tradition of poetry…"
    Born in London Ontario and now Toronto-based, singer-songwriter Marianne Girard paints vibrant musical landscapes and fires up the senses with a deep understanding of the human condition. With a spectacular voice, and her use of irresistible, rootsy grooves, Girard is a proven songwriter capable of great sensitivity, insight and honesty. She embraces a graceful simplicity in making sense of life's most poignant mysteries. There’s an ache, a joy and a longing that are bone and sinew deep. With her, she carries younger days of apple trees, tobacco fields, baseball, bad boys, tough, small town girls, and singing in the church choir. 
    In 1980, Girard created a own one-woman show The Mad Woman of Basin Street. This “beat” poetry and song biography of the life of Dakota Staton was recorded by the CBC. 
    Toronto Life Magazine called it a “tour de force”.  Her 1982 first album, When It Hurts (Sailor Records), led to tours throughout North America and Europe. In 1992, she wrote and performed the theme song for the United Nations Peace Conference. Life intervened as it tends to and,until 2002, Girard left touring to raise her family. Canadian songwriter Norm Hacking coaxed her to play at his open stage and her journey back to the music business began. Soon, she released her CD In This Town and  the press welcomed her back. Greg Quill of the Toronto Star described the album as "...Elegantly simple, folk-tinged ballads; very personal tales of love and panoramic ruminations...”  He also gives her 1982 album, Pirate Days  high praise: "Pirate Days is a revelation...alternatively bold and tender...served exquisitely by a voice that's unequivocally pure and joyfully unrestrained." The record was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award. 
    The duo’s new 11-track album offers insight, divinations of the spirit, moments of regret and sweet charm. At its core, the heart and soul of the album are Allan and Marianne, both playing acoustic guitar while singing solo parts, then,
    as if they were familial, beautiful blending vocal harmonies on evocative songs like "One Foot Out the Door" or the unusual, waltz, "Outside St. Louis".
    Fueling the country fire on  "Matchstick Man" and "Don't Blame It On Me" are fiddler Shane Cook and some pedal steel and dobro magic from Burke Carroll. And what would such an album be without a song about being down and out? The dark and swampy "Hard Time" fits perfectly, with spine-tingling lyrics: "I got sixteen cuts runnin’ down my arm / the mark of a man who cost me dear / The mark of a life he took from me / And the number of years that I been here." The virtuosity and passion of drummer Michelle Josef  and Dennis Pendrith, bass, 
    drive the songs. There are tunes to dance to, some to sing along with and more than a few that bring a tear.
    Other artist links:
    John Oates version of “Dance Hall Girls”
    The Duhks recording of Dance Hall Girls on The Duhks (2006)
    Marianne's Facebook
    Allan's Facebook
    Fraser & Girard Event Page
     For more information, photos, mp3s, video/CD copies, interviews, please contact:                            
    Beverly Kreller
    SPEAK Music
    Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

    June 14 CD Launch At Toronto's Hugh's Room Confirmed  

    The album is being mastered tomorrow by our brilliant producer and fearless leader Paul Mills. We are in concert for the record launch at Toronto's premier venue, Hugh's Room on the evening of Sunday June 14.  The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) rates the club as one of Canada's 20 best places to hear live music.

    Album Release! 

    Our  CD is done! Tentative date for release party is mid JUNE. We'll update you as soon as we've confirmed the date.
    It sounds great and we're looking forward to you hearing it.
    Stay tuned, we're on our way.

    Fraser & Girard Slated for Fred Eaglesmith's 21st Annual Charity Picnic, August 2015 

    Fred Eaglesmith's Annual Picnic Audience View

    August 14th through 16th in Aylmer, Ontario, Fred Eaglesmith's 21st Annual Charity Picnic will feature The Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show, Fraser & Girard,  Washboard Hank, The Lohnwoods, Carolyn Mark, Frank Desresti and the Lake Effect, Brodie Lodge and the Kilnhangars and others. Fraser & Girard's performance time will be announced here shortly. 

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    May 16 Return Engagement Confirmed  

    We are pleased to announce a May 16, 2015 return engagement at The Bicycle Cafe in Flesherton Ontario. The club offers excellent sound and lighting and our December performance there was well received.

    Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 and 18,  at London's Millstream Studio, we edit and mix the final four tracks for the upcoming album, Fraser & Girard, slated for release in June.   


    Fraser & Girard Team Up With Grand North American Fiddle Champion, Shane Cook 

    We now have four more songs to edit and mix on March 17 and 18. Then we will have the recordings mastered by Paul Mills and we will be on the hunt for more funds to complete manufacturing and promotion. Grand North American Fiddle Champion, Shane Cook has added his fiery musical sensibility to the album on Matchstick Man, Dance Hall Girls, Don't Blame It on Me and Hard Time. http://www.shanecook.com He sounds wonderful and is a treat to collaborate with, as is Paul Mills. IThe sessions were intense and gratifying. 

    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.