The best show we’ve sponsored to date. Outstanding!
Swan House Concerts, North Carolina
Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen
Meeting in 2012 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.” With soaring violin, diverse guitar styles, compelling storytelling, a dash of harmonica and humor, and unique vocal rapport they deliver a dynamic, engaging, polished performance.
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“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
"Best songwriter 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
"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
“Stunningly talented.” - Scotts Valley Press Banner
"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!!! You will be amazed." - P. DeLorenzo, House Concert Host
“These guys sounded great right out of the box.”- Doug Young, guitarist, Acoustic Guitar magazine
We began recording this album in late July 2020, under California’s Covid–19 stay-at-home order, in Dan’s Bonny Doon home studio, The Shed. We were wrapping up by mid-August, but then a heatwave and extremely unusual lightning storm sparked a fast-moving forest fire. Completed after our evacuation to the safe haven of a friend’s home, After the Fire marks the end of an era and a fresh start; Dan’s little studio burned the morning after he’d rescued the rough tracks, studio equipment, and a range of instruments we play, yet rarely have the space to bring with us on the road. Highlighting them on this album helped us feel the joy of performing again and to know that despite the setbacks of the past year, our music will thrive in new ways.
Each song portrays a facet of the journey from setback to reclaimed hope - finding faith in the possibility of LOVE in “Make Me Come Alive,” HOME in “Beale Street,” COMMUNITY in “Together Again” and “Money Shouldn’t Talk That Strong,” and one’s own STRENGTH and FORTITUDE in “If A Wave” and “Hey, It’ll Be OK.”