Bow's Folk concert series, hosted by Elfin Bow, have welcomed special guests including The Sam Kelly Trio, Harp and a Monkey, James Findlay, Tom Kitching, Saydyko Fedora, John Williams, Bryony Elizabeth and Jonny Darnell, Penni Neale and Fuchsia Jones. Future artists include Lowri Evans and Lee Mason, Ange Hardy, Jim Bazley and Californian duo, Dan Freschette and Laurel Thomsen.
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About Dan and Laurel...
Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting, and fueled by undeniable musical chemistry, eclectic Roots-Folk songwriters Dan Frechette, guitar/harmonica/vocals, and Laurel Thomsen, violin/vocals, prove that musical magic is “a match made in heaven” (Monterey Herald). Lyrically refreshing and musically diverse, since teaming up in 2013, this Canadian-American duo, now based in Santa Cruz, California, has toured the U.S. and Canada extensively, playing theaters, living rooms, festivals, including the definitive Winnipeg Folk Fest, and releasing three albums of their diverse and uplifting original material. Whether opening for the Wailin’ Jennys or serenading a farmer’s market, Dan and Laurel take to the stage with exuberance, and with “their energy, winsome personalities, and toe tapping rhythms, keep audiences engaged with every song” (Carlin Newsletter, Tappen, BC).
Highlights from the duo’s extensive tour schedule have included opportunities to play the Winnipeg Folk Festival (2016), the American River Festival (2016), Artswells Festival (2016), the Brandon Folk Festival (2013), and the Fire n Water Festival (2013 and 2015), as well as an official showcase at the 2014 FAR-West Conference in Oakland, California. In 2015 they received opportunities to open for The Wailin’ Jennys, headline a concert on the Medicine Hat Folk Club’s “Tongue On The Post” concert series, headline a concert in the oldest theater in Western Canada in Indian Head, Saskatchewan (complete with resident ghosts), and perform a feature concert on the Eastern Manitoba Concert Association (EMCA) series.
Also favorites within the North American house concert circuit, Dan and Laurel spend most weeks performing for captive audiences in living rooms across the continent. Most notably they have enjoyed Canadian Home Routes tours of northern British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan (2015 and 2016), headlining the Listening Room Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida (2015), and a spot on the definitive Russ & Julie’s House Concert series in Los Angeles (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.
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"Best songwriters I've heard in a long time..." Sing Out
"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
“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