Singer-Songwriter Dan Frechette has performed several major folk festivals and has travelled over 300,000 miles in a Toyota Corolla sharing his songs and ebullient personality. His most poignant songs have been recorded and performed by The Duhks (Winnipeg), Dervish (Ireland), The Ploughboys/Damian Howard (Australia), Emma Cloney (Winnipeg), Jessee Havey (Winnipeg), and The Stacks (New York... more
Singer-Songwriter Dan Frechette has performed several major folk festivals and has travelled over 300,000 miles in a Toyota Corolla sharing his songs and ebullient personality. His most poignant songs have been recorded and performed by The Duhks (Winnipeg), Dervish (Ireland), The Ploughboys/Damian Howard (Australia), Emma Cloney (Winnipeg), Jessee Havey (Winnipeg), and The Stacks (New York City). His knowledge of all music great and vintage, and his abilities as an impressionist and instrumentalist have impressed and endeared him to many a musician and audience. One of folk music’s most famous magazines, Singout Magazine said “one of the most talented songwriters we’ve heard in a long time.” CBC radio’s Ismaila Alfa has declared “there’s no Dan Frechette song I don’t like” and CBC Radio has called Dan “one of Manitoba’s most loved entertainers.”
“Dan Frechette has never written a song I don’t like.” —Ismaila Alfa, CBC Radio.
“One of the most talented songwriters I’ve heard in a long time” – SingOut Magazine.
“You write so well, and play so well. I can’t believe you aren’t cranking out hits for some publisher, if not recording them yourself. – Doc MacLean, Canadian Blues Music Legend.
“Dan is an outstanding singer/songwriter/performer. I am a big fan. He’s also a wonderful person. How very fortunate that you had Dan perform in your town.” – John Einarson – music author.
“Dan’s concert was one of the most beautiful shows I have ever been to. Genuine, pure and amazing musician with stories and songs just bursting from his heart……and the humour factor topped off one fantastic evening! We get to do it all over again Tues. night on my radio program….my heart is bursting with joy.” – Susan Hastings – radio personality.
“…true blue blues, front to back, and as authentic, experienced and soul-on-sleeve as they come.” —Jen Zoratti, Uptown Magazine.
“Dan Frechette is one of Winnipeg’s best loved performers and composers..” -CBC.ca.
“Dan’s ability to combine all the elements of writing, arranging, playing, singing and performing in a seemingly effortless fashion has been pretty much beyond comprehension. As far as I’m concerned, he is pretty much in the same league as the most luminary of the luminaries. It was kind of like being asked to play guitar for Neil Young or Gordon Lightfoot or Glen Campbell.” – Dave Epp, lead guitarist of The Dylanaires.
When Dan Frechette began writing songs in 1990 those around him were startled by the maturity of his lyrics and how his songs seemed to come from another lifetime. Now many years later, many have become familiar with Dan’s old soul songwriting and his self-effacing humor onstage and off. His orchestral style of guitar playing draws on many influences, from bluegrass to blues with a lot of folk in between. His warm rough edged voice has sung thousands of stories of fate, struggles, growth, passion, joy, the simple life, and transcending the mundane. Dan Frechette’s prolific output, simple voice and under the radar career path have led many other luminaries in the music industry to sing his songs the world over.
From his quiet and reclusive beginnings in Pinawa, Manitoba, Dan always knew he was destined for a significant path but never knew quite what the path would be. His career goals; play music for a living and keep life simple. He is happy to have his songs covered by other artists and he is content to perform regularly for small audiences at house concerts, cafes, and smaller festivals. “As long as the chairs face the stage I know it will be a good night”, says Dan of performing.less