"...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 Magazine)
“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)
"...Wow, Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen pulled in the largest audience we've ever had! Friends and neighbors had us scrambling for chairs. Our guests were blown away as any one who has seen this duo perform would realize. Dan & Laurel are super entertainers, wonderful house guests and just plain fun to hang with. We have booked them again for 2018." (J. Borger, House Concert Host)
"...What talent and charisma! My audience has never been so enthralled at any of my house concerts. They didn't want to let Dan and Laurel go. And who could blame them? I highly recommend this fantastic couple!!! You will be amazed." (P. DeLorenzo, House Concert Host)
Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting, and fueled by an 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 early 2013, this Canadian-American duo, now based together in Santa Cruz, California, has toured North America extensively, playing theaters, living rooms, folk festivals, including the definitive Winnipeg Folk Fest, and releasing three albums of their diverse and uplifting original material.
Both celebrated artists in their own rights - Dan, with a long career as a touring multi-instrumentalist and prodigy hit songwriter signed to EMI Publishing at 17; Laurel, an in demand CA session player, celebrated composer and arranger, author, and respected educator - fans report that together, Dan and Laurel transcend the sum of their parts. Whether warming up for the Wailin’ Jennys at a sold out theater, or serenading in a living room, 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.”
Currently touring their 2016 release which sat top five on Canada's Roots charts for the 2016 summer and fall, "Between The Rain" is an arresting collection of original songs and compositions, abundant in memorable melodies, tight harmonies, and the polished, yet stripped down approach that define the Dan and Laurel sound. Diverse themes throughout the duo’s third album tell stories of love and finding joy in the simple things in life, as well as contemporary folk topics, including wealth disparity, social responsibility, and personal empowerment. From the Bill Withers influenced gospel-funk ballad “Carry Our Bones” and the hypnotic guitar and soaring violin of Celtic influenced “Sweet Beauty,” to the orchestral underpinnings of the modern classic rock anthem “Glory in My Soul” and the Stéphane Grappelli-esque Gypsy-Jazz duet “Two in the Morning,” Dan and Laurel further showcase their virtuosity as writers, arrangers, and instrumentalists, conjuring unique moods with each track and setting the stage for a dynamic twelve course menu.
With broad influences and tasteful sensibilities, Dan and Laurel flow seamlessly through genres, tempos, stories, and moods, thoroughly embodying each style they present and keeping music fans on the edge of their seats. The enjoyment is palpable.