Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen



In Spring 2012, music and modern technology transpired to bring together two artists with captivating musical synergy, despite their living 2,000 miles apart. As Manitoba-based singer-songwriter Dan Frechette and California-based violinist-singer Laurel Thomsen forged a friendship, there was no question of why they were meant to meet, only how.

Many emails, Facebook messages, Skype meetings, and 35 overdubbed recordings later, in March 2013, Dan and Laurel met and performed their first tour throughout California. At every tour stop, audiences experienced the thrill of this fresh musical partnership forged on the Internet. But while technology brought them together, audiences were quick to discover it was not tech assistance delivering in these performances, but rather the old soul authentic sounds of violin, guitar, and voices honed over two young lifetimes.

Ardent and down-to-earth performers, Dan and Laurel enjoyed early success in music, as teens. By adulthood, each had committed to paths as independent artists and had creatively found ways to feel comfortably supported by their musical talents. Dan, dubbed "Manitoba's Secret Weapon" as well as being called a walking folk festival, had 1500 songs to his name, 22 albums, and songs covered by several bands, including Ireland's “Dervish”, Canada's “The Duhks”, and Australia's “The Ploughboys”. Laurel had made the leap from Classical training to playing in bands, arranging, and recording, while maintaining a private lessons studio, hosting a podcast, and writing for Strings magazine. When Dan discovered via YouTube how Laurel expressed emotion on the violin, he knew the next musical direction he hoped to explore. Less than half a year after their inaugural concert, Dan and Laurel had 60 shows and festivals under their belt and 50 guestbook pages filled with the kind words from fans and presenters throughout California and the four western Canadian provinces.

Released in August 2013, Dan and Laurel’s first CD, titled "Dan and Laurel”, is an 18 song journey into emotion and wonder, joy and sorrow, featuring rich and delicate harmony vocals, warm and orchestral acoustic guitar, and magnificent soaring violin. Recorded live in a church in a Winnipeg, Manitoba, it showcases the surprisingly full sound this duo creates and all the chemistry of a live show. Touring the breadth of North America for the remainder of 2013, sharing their music with audiences from young to old, Dan and Laurel are building an exciting career path together.


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