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"When the voices and talents match up, the results are spectacular. It's the best Canadian folk duo mix since Ian and Sylvia...”
- Bob Mersereau, CBCGroucho Marx liked Allan Fraser's music so much he invited him for dinner at his home in the Hollywood hills.
The New York Times said of Fraser's songs, "... these words may well find a place in the oral tradition of poetry..."
Fraser's material has been recorded by John Oates (Hall and Oates), Tom Russell, Garrison Keillor, the Duhks, Penny Lang and Ron Hynes. NPR listed his signature song, Dance Hall Girls, as one of the 10 best songs of all time.
Fraser was half of the influential duo, Fraser & DeBolt. They recorded two seminal albums on Columbia Records.
Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, Marianne Girard has recorded three solo albums and appeared on many compilations.
"This Canadian Nightingale has not left my player in weeks..." -RTL Radio Belgium
"a revelation... served exquisitely by a voice that's unequivocally pure and unrestrained..." - The Toronto Star
Now in their sixth year together, these highly regarded Canadian singer-songwriters have integrated two lifetimes of music. In June 2015, they released their first album produced by Paul Mills (Stan Rogers, Sharon, Lois and Bram, Laura Smith, Chris Hadfield - yes, the astronaut).
After tours in Canada and U.S. Allan and Marianne set up shop in Umbria, Italy, in 2016. composing and recording in the town studio. Camaraderie with local musicians enriched their melodies and instrumental work. An invitation to facilitate workshops at a refugee camp in Bad Krozingen, Germany profoundly affirmed their experience of the healing power of music and the arts. After a similar residency in the Yucatan and three years of adventure, they arrived in St. Andrews, N.B. and are preparing for a new album.
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“The wonderful Allan Fraser finds a new partner in the remarkable Marianne Girard.” –No Depression: The Roots Music Authority “Pure, unadulterated folk.” –Penguin Eggs, Canada’s Roots Music magazine
GROUCHO MARX liked Allan Fraser’s music so much he invited him for dinner at his home in the Hollywood Hills.
The New York Times said of Fraser’s songs, “...with this range of feeling, dense imagery and unexpected depth, these words may well find a place in the oral tradition of poetry.”
Fraser’s compositions have been recorded by John Oates (Hall and Oates), Tom Russell, Cal Hand with Leo Kottke, The Duhks, Penny Lang and Ron Hynes. Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, and other regular performers have played Fraser’s songs on the eternally-popular NPR show,.
NPR listed Allan’s signature song, Dance Hall Girls, as one of the 10 best songs of all time. John Oates, member of the Songwriter Hall of Fame, recorded Fraser’s signature song, Dance Hall Girls on two albums which he calls a tribute to the songs that shaped his career.
Fraser was half of the still-in- fluential musical duo, Fraser & DeBolt. They toured extensively and recorded two seminal albums on Columbia Records.
CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS nominee Marianne Girard has recorded three solo albums and appeared on many compilation albums as vocalist and session musician. She has toured her music in North America and Europe to such praise as: “This Canadian Nightingale has not left my player in weeks” –RTL Radio Belgium. “... a revelation ... served exquisitely by a voice that’s unequivocally pure and unrestrained.” –Toronto Star “Consistently stellar performance.” –All Music Guide
THESE TWO HIGHLY REGARDED CANADIAN singer/songwriters crossed paths many times in their solo careers. In August 2013, they integrated two lifetimes of music; Fraser & Girard.
Their storied pasts of life on the road, of raising families, of a deepening sense of beauty and art, weave a moral and artistic fabric that is indestruc- tible. Their enduring strength moves audiences to laughter and to tears. Together, they offer an abundance of riches. The resulting chemistry unfolds in spontaneous and unpredictable ways.
In June 2015, their first collaborative album with producer Paul Mills (Stan Rogers, Sharon, Lois and Bram, Laura Smith, Chris Hadfield - yes, the astronaut) was released. The response from media and audiences is impressive. “When the voices and talents match up, the results are spectacular. Best Canadian folk duo mix since Ian and Sylvia.” Bob Mersereau, CBC
After tours in Canada and the U.S., Allan and Marianne wanted to further expand this new artistic process, a desire always central to their pursuits as individual artists. During a 2016 residency in Umbria, Italy, they composed new material, revisited their solo works, and recorded several songs in a local studio. Camaraderie with local musicians enriched this process with an emphasis on instrumental composition. An invitation to facilitate workshops at a refugee camp in Bad Krozingen, Germany profoundly affirmed their deepening experience of the power of music and the arts.
In September 2017, they were the first artists- in-residence at Salty Towers Inn, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. Highlights of this residency were a concert, and with two other visiting musicians, a workshop.
Marianne and Allan continue to tour, and are each at a stage in their lives where sharing within community has become important and touring long distances is less frequent. Concerts are carefully chosen to suit their needs to create the highest level of performance.
As their collective 90 years of songwriting and performing continues to blossom and deepen, Fraser & Girard show no sign of their creativity waning. And so they continue their journey as devoted caretakers of art and beauty.
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The masterful pairing of Allan Fraser and Marianne Girard, both highly regarded Canadian roots singer songwriters, has a chemistry that entices audience and media alike. With distinctive voices that blend perfectly and solid guitar work, they deliver an incomparable performance that stays with the listener long after.
CBC Arts Critic, Bob Mersereau includes "Fraser & Girard" on his Top 100 Canadian Albums list for 2015 and calls them “the best Canadian folk duo mix since Ian and Sylvia”.