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” (Penguins Eggs Magazine). Their range is dynamic. Their style reminiscent, while at the same time impossible to neatly categorize, and they combine the soaring tones of Classically trained violin with fiddle flavors, multi-dimensional and diverse guitar styles, compelling storytelling, a dash of harmonica and humor, and unique vocal rapport for an engaging, polished performance.
Recognized for their musical talents as children, Dan was the youngest songwriter signed to EMI publishing in Canada at the tender age of 17 with a catalogue of over 1500 songs now to his credit, while Laurel was making a living teaching private violin students and playing weddings by the age of 14. Both have enjoyed over 20 years as full time musicians, recording artists, and music educators, and have gathered broad influences. Beyond the synchronicity of their meeting, Dan and Laurel’s backgrounds, musical palates, and even their personalities, make both an unexpected and extraordinary match.
Now based in Northern California, their third album was top ten on the Canadian Campus Roots Radio charts in 2016. They have toured North America extensively for the past six years, made their European debut in 2017, and are now touring in support of their recently released fourth album, Driving By Candlelight.
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. Enjoyment is palpable!