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
"I am a long-time fan of Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen. I have also been lucky enough to book them into the music series I used to run and worked with them at FAR-West where I was a Board member. Dan & Laurel are a wonderfully entertain band with an amazingly full sound for duo. They have always impressed me with their unique sound, dynamic stage presence and professional attitude. A pleasure to listen to, a pleasure to work with. I recommend them very highly!" -Peter Krantz
"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
"From original and compelling compositions to heartfelt harmony, Dan and Laurel are an entertaining and a genuine duo that can play your requests or lead you down their own path of whimsy, heartbreak and romance. Dan’s multi-instrument playing and Laurel’s tender or gritty violin meld together to be truly Pied Pipers of life’s ups and not so ups. And they give us that moment to dance. And we all love to clap our hands and dance. Love them."-Terry C., house concert host
"If you ever have a chance to see a show by Dan & Laurel don’t hesitate, just GO! We’ve been enjoying their music as a duo for more than a decade now, and Dan Frechette’s solo career for over two decades previously. A gifted performer and teacher, Laurel Thomsen has always been a shining star on violin and viola. They’re both wonderful humans. From tiny home concerts to parties, coffee shops, retreats, weddings, concert halls, workshops and festivals, Dan & Laurel have never put on anything but the very best performance! They’re amazing on many instruments, and outstanding songwriters as well. They’ve already released more than 100 albums in total! Pick a style, and they perform it brilliantly, and with wonderful humour to boot! You’ll never get their songs out of your head, nor recordings out of your car’s audio player. Enjoy!"-Rich Hamon, Eastern Manitoba Concert Association
“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
"Dan and Laurel provided great musical entertainment for people at our party who wanted to enjoy our beautiful natural setting (on a ridge in the Santa Cruz mountains over looking Monterey Bay) and just the right background music for those speaking to one another. They played acoustic but with enough volume for all to enjoy. That is a tough act (seems like someone always complains about the music being too loud, but that did not happen during this event). We asked for a couple of Chris Stapleton songs to be added to the playlist. Dan & Laurel were able to present these like they have played them for years! I'm not a musician, but friends (who are) mentioned that these were complex songs and executed very, very well. Dan & Laurel were very generous speaking to the guests about their music and that was very much appreciated. Couldn't have gone better (except if they could have played longer, but they squeezed our event in before they had to go off to play at a wedding)!"~ David E., event music client
“These guys sounded great right out of the box.”- Doug Young, guitarist, Acoustic Guitar magazine
"We are huge fans of this duo: we have seen them play together many times and have hosted them at our home for gatherings. Their rapport creates an energy of happiness and inspiration. Gifted songwriters, singers, and multi-instrumentalists, Dan and Laurel are personable and professional. Their inventive songs, rooted in traditional Celtic and Americana, will linger in your head and heart. We highly recommend listening to their CDs, including After the Fire, New Disguise, and Between the Rain. We can’t wait until August when they will return to play for us here again!"~Sylvia R., house concert host
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.”