by Malcolm Petch
He sounds somewhat like a young Bill Bourne. Yet Dominique Fraissard started out life in Australia, half a world away from Bourne’s rural Alberta roots.
Who else pokes their head out in the back of your mind when you listen to Dominique? Perhaps Cat Stevens. The earnestness and tonal range of both Fraissard’s voice and songwriting carries a sort of built-in connection to folk greats of the present and past.
And he’s been going at it professionally for quite a while, now. Fraissard got his start gigging in Sydney in 1998, and has released one live and five studio albums between then and now. His latest offering is Art of a Common Kind, which his current tour is in support of. Dominique moved to Canada two years ago, and lives in the North Slocan Valley in South-Eastern BC.
Fraissard describes his music as being “in the folk/acoustic genre with a very original twist of urban transfer” (according to his Sonicbids site). His album output, six albums in 13 years, is definitely worthy of note – this guy is serious about writing, recording, and performing his music. It’s easy to see why his music has found favour with indie film directors and both college and commercial radio. He even has some music on the Qantas In-flight system.
Dominique has recently been nominated for three 2011 BC Interior Music Awards including: Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year, Producer of the Year and Astral Radio Peoples Choice Award. If you'd like to show your support vote for Dominique @ http://bcima.org/index.php/pca.
Dominique Fraissard will be playing at Streaming Café on Saturday, April 2nd @ 7PM Pacific. Come on out and enjoy this transplanted Aussie who now calls BC home.
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