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"Best songwriters I've heard in a long time."  - Sing Out Magazine

"Beautiful rapport...judicious violin...Frechette and Thomsen maintain

absolute harmony while jumping from genre to genre...fascinating undertones

and range...phenomenal guitar playing...prodigious players (with) songwriting that sets them apart." 

- Penguins Eggs Magazine

“Making beautiful music together, this duo lit up the MayFest stage…a remarkable singing voice…a match made in heaven.” - Dennis Taylor, The Monterey Herald

"Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen are everything we could hope for in a house concert. Their songs are great, their musicianship is top notch, and their stage presence and interaction with the audience is wonderful. They are friendly to work with and a true delight on stage. We got very positive feedback from our audience and look forward to having them back here in the future." - Russ Paris, Russ and Julie’s House Concerts

"What talent and charisma! My audience has never been so enthralled at any of my house concerts. They didn't want to let Dan and Laurel go. And who could blame them? I highly recommend this fantastic couple!!!

- P. DeLorenzo, House Concert Host

Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by a once-in-a-lifetime musical chemistry and friendship, Canadian-American Roots-Folk duo Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are “...prodigious players with songwriting that sets them apart" (Penguin's Eggs, Fall 2016). "Lyrically refreshing and musically diverse", they seamlessly combine emotive, "judicious violin," diverse and "phenomenal guitar playing," compelling storytelling, a dash of harmonica and humor, and unique vocal chemistry with "fascinating undertones and range," for a polished, engaging performance. Instantly memorable and magnetically appealing, months after playing the little towns the duo enjoys discovering, they learn that residents are still talking about what a great night everyone had.

Based in Northern California, Dan and Laurel’s third album, Between the Rain, was top ten on Canada’s campus radio Roots charts for 2016. They have toured North America extensively since teaming up in early 2013, playing everything from Home Routes house concert tours of the Canadian Prairies, to headlining spots at the Listening Room Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, the definitive Winnipeg Folk Festival, and opening up for The Wailin’ Jennys at a sold out theater in Grass Valley, California. In 2017 they made their European debut, including concerts in Ireland, Denmark, the UK, France, and Germany. In 2018 they will be recording and releasing their fourth album.

Their 2016 release, Between The Rain, is an arresting collection of twelve fully realized original songs, abundant in memorable melodies, tight harmonies, and the polished, yet stripped down approach that define the Dan and Laurel sound. Diverse themes throughout the album tell stories of triumph and finding joy in the simple things in life, as well as contemporary folk topics, including wealth disparity, social responsibility, and personal empowerment. From the Bill Withers influenced funky, bluesy ballad “Carry Our Bones,” to the hypnotic guitar and soaring violin of Celtic influenced “Sweet Beauty,” to the orchestral underpinnings of the modern classic rock anthem “Glory in My Soul,” and the Stéphane Grappelli-esque Gypsy-Jazz duet “Two in the Morning,” Dan and Laurel showcase their virtuosity as writers, arrangers, and instrumentalists, conjuring unique moods with each track and setting the stage for a dynamic twelve course menu listeners will want to savor again and again.

Beyond the synchronicity of their meeting, Dan and Laurel’s backgrounds and musical palates are a surprising, uncanny, and perfect match. Fans have noted a sense that one is witnessing an output of color, creativity, and artistry far more textured and rich than merely the sum of it’s parts. Though each artist had a drastically different style of musical training and were the result of different musical backgrounds, their equal dedication, experience, and the ways in which each inspires the other to grow and evolve musically, make Dan and Laurel a dynamic and unstoppable team.

Recognized for their musical talents as children, Dan and Laurel began performing, teaching, writing, and making their livings as musicians as teenagers. Each have enjoyed over 20 years as full time musicians, recording artists, and music educators, and have gathered broad influences along the way, ranging from Folk, Classical, Old Time and Celtic, to Gospel, Jazz, Vintage Country, Rock N' Roll, Blues, and Bluegrass. Dan and Laurel flow seamlessly through genres, tempos, stories, and moods, embodying each style with virtuosic command and keeping music fans on the edge of their seats. Enjoyment is palpable.

Dan Frechette, Canadian entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, gifted impressionist, and prolific singer-songwriter, is a musical force. With over 1400 songs across a impressive range of acoustic genres, Dan was signed to EMI publishing at 17 with a bursting catalogue of over 500 original songs already to his credit. Since 1992 he has gone on to release over 25 albums of original and tribute material, and has been performing high-energy, soulful concerts throughout North America and Europe. Dan’s prolific output, iconic voice, and under-the-radar career path have led many luminaries to sing his songs and share their stages. Dan has opened for the likes of Dar Williams, Richard Thompson, Ron Sexsmith, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and Iian Matthews of Fairport Convention. “Dan Frechette has never written a song I don’t like” said Ismaila Alfa of CBC Radio. Dan’s songs have been covered by artists around the world, including Ireland’s Dervish, Australia’s The Ploughboys, and Canada’s The Duhks for which he wrote the hit singles "The Mists of Down Below" and “You Don’t See It.” Before teaming up with Laurel, Dan had already played most of major NOrth American folk festivals over the course of his solo career, including the Winnipeg, Edmonton, Trout Forest, Mariposa, and Stan Rogers Festivals, and the Suwanee Springfest. He is considered one of Canada's iconic performers on acoustic guitar and harmonica, inspiring the career paths of many up-and-coming singer-songwriters now also touring internationally.

Laurel Thomsen, California genre-bending violinist, composer, author, and educator, has performed Classically and with a variety of bands and artists since she was a child. With a rich and expressive violin tone and an interpretive style that can both rock a solo or add backup texture and groove, Laurel is frequently sought for her ability to add depth and emotion to diverse styles of music in the studio or on stage. Once dubbed the “Hookmeister” by one California Bay Area recording engineer, her knack for creating infectious melodies has saved more than one artist’s song from the chopping block. Also an emerging songwriter and singer with a “remarkable singing voice” (Monterey Herald) and “fascinating undertones and range” (Penguins Eggs), Laurel’s writing and composing explores emotion, empowerment, universal topics, and life’s deeper questions. Creator and host of the popular Violin Geek Podcast since 2010, the author of several multi-media programs on string playing technique, a longtime Strings magazine contributor, and since the age of 14, a dedicated private, Skype, and workshop lessons instructor to violin, viola, and fiddle students around the world, Laurel is passionate about not only sharing her music on stage, but helping others find their musical expression.

Dan and Laurel are quickly finding their niche on the North American and European folk circuits. However, hard work and dedication is only one facet of their relationship; as those who meet and hear them soon discover, “there is something incredibly romantic about these two and the way that their love story is told through their music” (Brandie Michelle, Medicine Hat Zine). Whether at home in Northern California, or creating their home on the road at various tour stops around the globe, it’s clear to people who observe these two that their harmony extends well beyond their music.


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