Join our mailing list for the latest news

Just Horsin' Around

Just Horsin' Around

Fraser & Girard News

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's First Anniversary 

In ten days, Marianne and I will celebrate one year since we first really hit it off at a Crabtree and Mills show at the Free Times Cafe. We had met at an International Folk Alliance Conference in Montreal a few years earlier but only for a second, and at the Killaloe Folk FestivaL where I  first saw her perform. At the Tranzac with Marianne as a double bill with rock poet/musician, Robert Priest, we finally got a bit of time to chat and the Free Times meeting lit a fuse. About a month later, we got together to exchange songs and I was very excited to hear her material in a private setting. We saw each other almost every weekend after that for three months and In December we got a place together in the town where she was teaching guitar and conducting music therapy workshops, Orangeville, Ontario, about an hour north of Toronto.

Marianne graciously invited me to accompany her on almost all of her engagements after our August encounter and it soon became apparent that we could be a strong combination artistically. Since then we have done house concerts, performed in music conference showcases, played on television, given concerts at the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, performed in art galleries, community centres, restaurants and nightclubs, while assembling  this website, music, videos and promotional material for our new collaboration.

Fraser & Girard are confirmed for a two week November tour of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada

We have each toured with Winnipeg's Home Routes touring organization, she as a solo road warrior for three different tours and I just once with my dear old friend and colleague, Ambassador of the Blues, Brian Blain. Now Marianne and I are pleased to have been invited to do a tour together as Fraser & Girard for Home Routes in November. After two solid weeks of nightly living room concerts, often with no sound system, we will forge our performances and this will allow our con
certs to reach a new level of confidence and freedom.

In September, 2014, Paul Mills will produce Fraser & Girard's first album.

An album together is imminent, to be produced by award winning producer, engineer and performer, Paul Mills. I have worked with Paul several times over the years when he was a key CBC music and radio producer working with Oscar Peterson, Sylvia Tyson, Stan Rogers , Ron Hynes, Natalie MacMaster, Willie P. Bennett, David Essig, David Bradstreet, Doug MacArthur, Laura Smith, Fraser & deBolt and many other key Canadian artists.  It has always been a joy to work with him and I have always been very happy with the results. Marianne, Paul and I are all looking forward to recording Fraser & Girard. Our material is consolidating and gaining dramatic momentum just as we head into the studio next month.    - Allan Fraser

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.