Dan & Laurel
Genre: Acoustic Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues, Celtic, Contemporary Folk, Country-Blues, folk-rock, Old Tyme, Roots
Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by rare musical chemistry, eclectic Roots-Folk songwriters Dan Frechette, guitar/vocals, and Laurel Thomsen, violin/vocals, prove that musical magic is not only possible, but as described by The Monterey Herald, “a match made in heaven”. Lyrically refreshing and musically diverse, over the past three years this Canadian-American duo has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, releasing two albums of their diverse and uplifting original material. Dan & Laurel take to the stage with exuberance, and as a concert reviewer in Tappen, British Columbia wrote, with “their energy, winsome personalities, and toe tapping rhythms, keep audiences engaged with every song”.
Since the duo played their first concert together in early 2013, they have performed close to 300 concerts ranging from house shows to festivals and theaters. Highlights have included a twelve date Home Routes tour of northern British Columbia, opening for The Wailin’ Jennys at a sold out theater in Grass Valley, the definitive Russ & Julie’s House Concert in Los Angeles, the Eastern Manitoba Concert Association (EMCA) series, and official showcases at the FAR-West Conference in 2014.
With broad influences 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. The enjoyment is palpable.
Visit them at www.danandlaurel.ca
“Engaging performance – an absolutely delightful evening.” ~R. Leonard, house concert host, Hamilton, MT
“Making beautiful music together, this duo lit up MayFest stage…a remarkable singing voice…a match made in heaven.” Dennis Taylor, The Monterey Herald
“A great songwriter…a terrific violinist…and together their voices blend beautifully and harmonically…I can’t wait to hear more…” – Les Siemieniuk, Penguins Eggs Magazine
“They were superb when they played The Living Tradition…and I can’t wait to see them again” – Gary Trobridge, The Living Tradition Concert Series.
“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…A true delight…We got very positive feedback from our audience and look forward to having them back here in the future.” – Russ Paris, Russ & Julie’s House Concert
“Any grounded, sound-minded person would have a perma-grin throughout a Dan and Laurel show.” ~Bernie, Manitoba house concert host
“Dan and Laurel gave an outstanding performance in every way – virtuoso playing and singing, inspiring lyrics, and great rapport with the audience, who raved about them…Truly a wonderful evening.”
-B. Inyan, house concert host, Greagle, California