FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / PLEASE RETAIN FOR LISTINGS FRASER & GIRARD MERGE FLAIR FIRE AND HEART ON SELF-TITLED DEBUT

FIRST RELEASE FROM ALLAN FRASER AND MARIANNE GIRARD

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
Youtube
Twitter:
@fraserandgirard
 
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 For more information, photos, mp3s, video/CD copies, interviews, please contact:                            
Beverly Kreller
SPEAK Music
bev@speak-music.com
416.922.3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller
 

2 comments

  • June Bender

    June Bender Victoria BC

    Hi Marianne , Unfortunately too far to attend....Will tell my two nieces in TO.) We met in London Ont a looooong time ago. Perhaps common friend was Marianne or Jeanette or Roland grittani --or my sister pat who worked at the library? Id love to hear some of your songs! Only last week your name came to me. I realized Id not heard of your whereabouts all these decades.I'm a songwriter/singer /pianist ..however have ended up doing more teaching than performing in raising my daughter, solo parent. Have a fun gig! xo June www.junebender.com

    Hi Marianne , Unfortunately too far to attend....Will tell my two nieces in TO.)
    We met in London Ont a looooong time ago. Perhaps common friend was Marianne or Jeanette or Roland grittani --or my sister pat who worked at the library? Id love to hear some of your songs! Only last week your name came to me. I realized Id not heard of your whereabouts all these decades.I'm a songwriter/singer /pianist ..however have ended up doing more teaching than performing in raising my daughter, solo parent.
    Have a fun gig!
    xo June
    www.junebender.com

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