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.

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