2 April 2018

Dan and Laurel

Brass Tacks

Roots Folk
On Stage
Two Performers:  Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomson
New at CBTH 2018
Monterey Bay, California     Second Home:  Winnipeg, MB

Artist Biography

Based in Northern California, Dan and Laurel’s third album, Between the Rain, was top ten on Canada’s campus radio Roots charts for 2016. They have toured North America extensively since teaming up in early 2013, playing everything from Home Routes house concert tours of the Canadian Prairies, to headlining spots at the Listening Room Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, the definitive Winnipeg Folk Festival, and opening up for The Wailin’ Jennys at a sold out theater in Grass Valley, California. In 2017 they made their European debut, including concerts in Ireland, Denmark, the UK, France, and Germany. In 2018 they will be recording and releasing their fourth album.

Awards and Nominations

Their third album "Between The Rain" (2016) reached #1 in Winnipeg for three straight weeks
Same album charted top 5 nationally in various 'Roots' categories throughout the summer 2016
Dan has over 500 original songs to his credit and has compiled over 25 full-length albums since 1992
Dan has performed all over North America and Europe and has opened for the likes of Dar Williams, Richard Thompson, Ron Sexsmith, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and Iain Matthews of Fairport Convention
As a solo artist, Dan has performed at many major festivals:  Winnipeg, Edmonton, Trout Forest, Mariposa, Stan Rogers, and the Suwanee Springfest
Laurel is the creator and host of the 'Violin Geek Podcast' since 2010
Laurel is author or several multi-media programs on string-playing technique - and longtime STRINGS magazine contributor
Laurel has been a lessons instructor, since the age of 14, to many violin, viola and fiddle students around the world