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 Tom Russell, Garrison Keillor with Andra Suchy, of Prairie Home Companion, Cal Hand with Leo Kottke, Pat Donahue, Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson, The Duhks, Penny Lang and Ron Hynes.
NPR listed Allan’s signature song, Dance Hall Girls, as one of the 10 best songs of all time. Songwriter Hall of Fame member John Oates recorded Dance Hall Girls on two recent albums which he calls a tribute to the songs that shaped his career.
Fraser is best known as one half of Fraser & DeBolt who toured extensively and recorded two influential albums with Columbia Records.
CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS nominee Marianne Girard has recorded three solo albums and appeared on many compilation albums, as artist 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. Two years ago they met again over tea under a Japanese maple in Toronto.
Joining minds, hearts and two lifetimes of music, Fraser & Girard emerged.
Both write great songs. 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 indestructible. 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.
Audience and industry enthusiasm were apparent from the beginning. As the London Free Press describes them as “…an incomparable couple, both on and off the stage.”
Soon after their initial performances in 2014, they began recording with producer Paul Mills. The album Fraser & Girard, was released in June 2015, and continues to generate inspired media response.
They now live with their two Siamese cats 80 kilometers north of Toronto in Orangeville where they enjoy Morris dancing, hiking and the best coffee in the world at their favourite coffee shop, Mochaberry.