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Fresia, a spicy blend of Folk, Blues, Latin, African, Reggae and Roots Music.
8 years since their first shows in a cafe in Mexico, this trio has traveled the roads of North America and performed on stages from house concerts to International Festivals. They released their latest double album ” Night and Day ” at the 2012 Beckwith Bash, to a crowd of 500 enthusiastic fans making a trek to the bands annual festival. Currently they perform mainly as a duo with Charlotte Fresia playing mandolin/keyboards and Eric Fresia playing guitar while both share vocals, harmonies and songwriting together. Fall 2014 will see the new duo touring in Europe, while their drummer Sam Fresia is off to university.
” Night and Day is a collision of styles driving down distant roads past ballrooms, juke joints and campfires under a canopy of stars”
In 2006 a home schooling experience became a musical partnership when singer songwriter Eric Fresia decided to include two of his children as band members while traveling through Mexico. With a small marimba for his daughter Charlotte and a djembe for his son Sam , the new trio quickly charmed their audiences with Eric’s repertoire of mixed languages and genres, Mexicans and travelers alike. Upon their return to Canada, Eric tested his new band Fresia & the Offsprings at the Halifax Atlantic Jazz Festival for the release of his third CD, and the trio has been busy ever since.
The roads since Mexico have taken the trio on a 4 month tour of North America, the release of 5 CD’s, a three month tour of the Southeastern US along with continued touring of Eastern Canada. Some festivals they have played at include the Winnipeg Folk, Guelph Hillside, Stan Rogers, Lunenburg Folk, Evolve, Riverfront Jubilee, Dewey Balfa Heritage Week and Harvest Jazz and Blues Festivals.
The music of Fresia, draws on people, languages and cultures from their many travels. It does not follow rules or set limits, slipping easily from one style to the next. Having two singer songwriters in the group gives their music a refreshing depth and diversity and the family ties keeps it intimate. The band consists of Sam Fresia laying down intricate beats on a simple percussion rig, while his sister Charlotte captivates audiences with piano, mandolin and smooth vocals. Eric Fresia rounds out the trio with a steady guitar and powerful vocals backed by years of experience. The trio performs a collection of originals and classics mixing blues, folk, cajun, latin and african rhythms to create a warm engaging sound.
For booking contact Eric Fresia 902 447 3134
or ericfresia at gmail . com
Eric Fresia; finalist in the 2004 John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Music category with “Gabriela”
2005 ECMA Roots Music Stage Showcase
Charlotte Fresia finalist in the 2010 International Songwriters Contest under 18 category with ” Wash Those Tears “
” Night and Day ” Fresia 2012
previous albums by Fresia and the Offsprings
” Living Respect ” 2009
” Fresia & the Offsprings ” 2007
previous albums by Eric Fresia
” Red Rock Road ” 2006
” Down at the Opera ” 2004
” Whistle and Crow ” 1999
Photos by CatherineBussiere
Background Photo by Haley Anne MacPhee