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Fraser & Girard News

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. He sounds wonderful and is a treat to collaborate with, as is Paul Mills. IThe sessions were intense and gratifying. 

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.

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. 

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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 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.