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    Fraser & Girard News

    Toronto Blog Votes Our Upcoming Winterfolk XIII Performance a Must See 

    February 3, 2015, Toronto Blog's Ryan Ayukawa, votes Fraser & Girard one of top five shows to attend at Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Festival.
    Sunday, February 15 @ 10:00 PM Terri-O's, 185 Danforth Ave, Toronto.http://www.blogto.com/music/2015/02/the_top_5_shows_to_catch_at_winterfolk_2015/

    Marianne has been house and cat sitting in Horseshoe Valley, her annual retreat to get some much needed reverie and solitude. Last year, we both were there and I managed to write One Foot Out the Door, one of the best recordings on our soon to be released debut album. This year, I opted out and the space at this end has been great, too. 

    We are looking forward to our show as part of Winterfolk XIII this February 15th.  We have our last overdub session at Millstream Studio in London late this month and then it will be on to the final mix and master for manufacturing our first album. The Richmond Studio's Craig Allen, who played guitar, produced and was Art Director/Designer for an album by Daisy DeBolt and me (Fraser & DeBolt) on Columbia Records, has agreed to design and do artwork for the current project. 

                                                                                                                                              - Allan

    Crowd Funding Project Success, Art Director Named 

    The Indiegogo campaign is now finished. Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success. We expect to have the album released early in the new year.

    Toronto graphic design studio, The Richmond Studio's Craig Allen is art director for the project. He produced, designed the cover for and played guitar on Allan's first album for Columbia Records with Fraser & DeBolt.

    Fireworks by Marianne Girard 

    Marianne and Allan were relaxing at home on Canada Day last July when Marianne composed this lilting, open tuning piece. When they recorded it for reference, the traditional Canada Day fireworks were lighting up the sky and they can be heard here on the recording, seemingly synchronized with the performance and suggesting the title, Fireworks. Girard uses an open C tuning with the bass string tuned way down to an A. Her 1963 rosewood D-50 Guild might be the only guitar that can hold such a low tuning. 

    CD Funding Campaign 

    Our Indiegogo campaign has been a remarkable experience for us as we watch the support come in from all over, from fans, friends, family, and from complete strangers.
    We're halfway to our goal. Thank You!
    Your support is helping us bring our music to life and into your hands. Tell your friends. Share.
    Help us keep the music alive!

    Go to Fraser & Girard Debut Album  and pre-purchase a CD or sponsor us at any level.
    Any contribution amount is welcome. It tells us you're with us.

    And we hope to be in a town near you sometime soon.

    Fraser & Girard Crowd Funding Initiative Effective 

    With about 10% of the allocated time used up, Allan and Marianne's funding initiative with Indiegogo has already reached 43% of their goal. Their recording is now almost complete but overdubs, mixing,, mastering, design, manufacture, promotion and publicity remain. Help Fraser & Girard complete their first album project together, visit here and choose which of the fun incentives you prefer. Thanks.

    Fraser & Girard Recording First Album Together At Millstream Studio, London

    Fraser & Girard Showcase at Folk Music Ontario Conference 


    This Saturday, as part of the Folk Music Ontario conference in Toronto, the key event for Ontario’s folk, roots, and traditional music community, at 11pm in room 347 of the Westin Bristol Place, 950 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON, Marianne and Allan will showcase for Folk Music Canada, and again at 2am (early Sunday morning) for ArtsCan in Room 345. This, Folk Music Ontario's 28th annual conference, will take place October 16-19.

    Paul Mills Comments on Fraser & Girard Project 

    "Today was a bit of a milestone. After all the work of setting up my studio in the new digs, I had my first clients here! Fraser & Girard (Allan Fraser and Marianne Girard) were here to start preproduction on their first album together. I'm very excited and honored to be involved in this project with them. These are two exceptional songwriters who have teamed up to create a powerhouse duo. This is going to be a great album!

    They will be starting up a crowd-funding initiative soon to help finance this project and I hope some of you may be able to help.

    Below is a pic of them recording a demo in my studio today of a new song just written by Allan."        - Paul Mills, Producer
    Paul Mills will produce Fraser & Girard's first album slated for a November 2014 release.First perormers to record at the new Millstream studio, Marianne and Allan record a demo of One Foot Out The Door

    Le Cafe Marposa in Montreal confirmed. Correct Toronto's Lazy Daisy's Cafe Address 

    Fraser and Girard are confirmed to play Le Cafe Mariposa in Montreal on Satuday October 11th. The night before, we are in Ormstown QC at Cafe Namaste and on Sunday we give two concerts at Smoke Meat Pete in L'Île-Perrot, a matinee at 1:30-3:00 and another from 5:30-7:00.

    Correction: please note the correct address for Lazy Daisy's Cafe in Toronto where we play with The Last Forgiveness at 7:30 on September 18th.

    October 11 in Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Montreal                                                               

    August 12, 2014 

    Fraser & Girard thank David Hines for producing the preview of our album which he has kindly allowed us to post here. The tracks are the sound for a set of videos he directed which we are still working on but we are glad to be able to give you a peek at what we have been up to. Thanks, David.

    We had a good anniversary last night, celebrating with Sockeye salmon and plenty of Pinot Grigio. Also tons of chocolate truffles. We spent the evening watching Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald in concert on YouTube and another episode of Ken Burns' documentary on Jazz. Last August 11th was our first date together at the Free Times Cafe in Toronto where we had each gone to hear Crabtree and Mills play. It has been a busy and exciting year.

    Joanne Crabtree and Paul Mills' album cover

    We are working two new songs into our repertoire, With One Foot Out the Door, a song Allan wrote last February in Horseshoe Valley and another older Fraser tune, How To Move. Our combined effort on the arrangement has revitalized the number and we think it will be a valuable asset in the song list.

    With the Orange Peel Morris Dancers, we attended the Mill Race Festival in Galt, Ontario which is a traditional folk music festival and we met a British singer-musicologist, Gwilym Davies who invited us to do a house concert and some UK appearances when we can. Marianne has good friends in Italy and Allan has only once been off the North American continent for a weekend in Poland in 1974.

    Our album depends on a successful crowd funding project so we are starting to plan. We will be meeting with Paul Mills, the producer of the album, next weekend to discuss material, instrumentation and recording approach.

    July 2014 cover of Cashbox Canada Magazine features Max LaytonLast Sunday, we played the Tranzac again, this time, with Max Layton and Bob Cohen. Max's audience was a good fit for us and it was great to hear and play a bit with Bob Cohen who is on Allan's album Supermoon and plays guitar for Max. Max is very gracious and generous and both these gents are gems as people and as artists. Superlative multi-instrumentalist, Bob Cohen has worked with Jesse Winchester,Tim Hardin, Jean-Pierre Ferland

    Honey Hill, a friend of Allan's in Winnipeg has agreed to do a house concert for Fraser & Girard at the end of their November western tour. Allan did a house concert there last year with Brian Blain and it was a great success. Richard and Honey and their good friend Chris Dooley have all become Allan's good friends and it will be great to renew acquaintances. Honey had Allan play guitar on several tracks she recorded last February and the project sounds great. She is an excellent vocalist and songwriter and the project is now almost complete. We will keep you posted. 

    September 18th, we play Lazy Daisy's Cafe in Toronto with The Last Forgiveness, (Lynette Fairweather, Monty Horton and David Hines). They do impeccable and powerful arrangements of songs from all different writers. The material is always well selected and performed with verve. David is directing our videos and we hope to record the show.

    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.