Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen


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With exuberance, sweet harmonies, soundtrack ready violin and guitar lines, and stories of irony and triumph, hope and humor, delighted audience members speak of "falling in love" with music all over again at a Dan and Laurel show.


Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting while citizens of different countries and fueled by a rare musical chemistry, songwriters Dan Frechette, guitar/vocals, and Laurel Thomsen, violin/vocals, prove that musical magic is not only possible, but “a match made in heaven” (The Monterey Herald).


Since they began touring as a duo in early 2013 they have circumnavigated the North American continent, releasing two albums of their diverse and uplifting material and performing over 200 concerts ranging from house concerts to festivals and theaters. Highlights have included a 12 date Home Routes tour of northern Canada, opening for The Wailin’ Jennys at a sold out theater in Grass Valley, CA, Russ & Julie’s House Concert in the Los Angeles area, The Medicine Hat Folk Club, the Brandon and Fire ‘n Water Folk Festivals, the oldest theater in Western Canada (complete with resident ghosts), the Eastern Manitoba Concert Association (EMCA) series, and an official showcase at the FAR-West Conference in Oakland in 2014.


Dan Frechette, Canadian entertainer, acoustic guitarist, uncanny impressionist, and prolific singer-songwriter with over 1300 songs across all acoustic genres, including the The Duhks’ hit single "The Mists of Down Below", has been performing high-energy, soulful concerts throughout North America and Europe since 1992. He has played most major folk festivals, including the Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Stan Rogers Festivals, and has shared stages with the likes of Dar Williams and Richard Thompson. Dan is considered to be one of Canada's best on acoustic guitar and harmonica. 'Sing Out!' magazine called Dan "one of the most talented singer-songwriters I've heard in a long time.”


Laurel Thomsen, American genre-bending violinist, composer, and respected educator, combines the tone and emotional range of classical training with a diverse palate of fiddle styles and emotional flavors. Also a songwriter and singer, she enjoys exploring universal topics and exploring lessons and the meaning of life through song. The host of the Violin Geek Podcast since 2010, the author of two multi-media guides to string playing technique, a longtime Strings magazine contributor, and since 1996, 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 own musical voices.


With 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. A show that is not to be missed!


"Dan and Laurel’s concert in our home drew a standing ovation and a demand for encores.

Everyone left with big smiles!"     

~Margo and Tyler Baker, California house concert hosts


"Any grounded, sound-minded person would have a perma-grin throughout a Dan and Laurel show."

~Bernie, Manitoba house concert host


“A good songwriter...a terrific violinist...and together their voices blend beautifully and harmonically...

I can’t wait to hear more...” 

~ Les Siemieniuk, Penguins Eggs Magazine

 

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When not performing on stage, you can find us performing for weddings, birthdays, and other events, where we might feature Classical instrumental favorites, fiddle tunes, and our prolific originals, as well as favorites from mostly the 50s-70s, including The Beatles, James Taylor, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, The Band, etc. etc.


Here are samples of more of a “wedding” type sound:

Preview and purchase our “live-off-the-floor” debut CD “Dan & Laurel”, released July 2013.

Preview and purchase tracks from our sophomore CD “New Disguise”, released June 2015.