Dan Frechette

Songwriter, Entertainer, Multi-Instrumentalist


Dan Frechette is a musical force; for over 20 years the award winning Canadian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and educator, now based in California, has performed major folk festivals and traveled throughout North America and Europe, sharing his songs and ebullient personality, and warming stages with the likes of Dar Williams, Richard Thompson, and Ron Sexsmith, among others.

His songwriting efforts have been discovered, recorded, and performed widely by celebrated artists around the world, such as The Duhks (Canada), Dervish (Ireland), The Ploughboys/Damian Howard (Australia), Emma Cloney (Canada), Jessee Havey (Canada), and The Stacks/Tania Elizabeth (United States).    

In addition to his explorations as a multi-instrumentalist across a number of genres, Dan celebrates a wealth of song knowledge encompassing everything from oldies and classic Rock & Roll to Vintage Blues, R&B, Motown, Classic Country to Old Tyme, Woody Guthrie to Bill Monroe and world music traditions.

Over the span of many creative years, Dan has written over 1,300 original songs and the new songs keep coming. Greg Quill of the 'Toronto Star' called Dan's CD, "Lucky Day", “an album that will surely find an exalted place in the canon," and Michael Regenstreif, writing in the eminent folk music periodical 'Sing Out!', called Dan "one of the best singer-songwriters I've heard in a long time."

In performance, either solo or since 2012 with his partner, American violinist Laurel Thomsen as Dan and Laurel, expect a high-energy, literate, and soulful concert you will NOT regret.

Welcome to Dan Frechette’s home on the web!


“One of the best songwriters I've heard in a long time"

~Sing Out Magazine

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