Fresia, a spicy blend of Folk, Blues, Latin, African, Reggae and Roots Music
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 her fresh piano 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.
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 4 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, Evolve and Harvest Jazz and Blues Festivals.
In august 2012 Fresia released Night and Day at the 4th Beckwith Bash to a crowd of 500 enthusiastic fans making a trek to the bands annual festival.
" Night and Day is a collision of styles driving down distant roads past ballrooms, juke joints and campfires under a canopy of stars"
Night and Day is a double album that was written and recorded in 2012 over 8 months at the bands homestead in Beckwith Nova Scotia. It delivers a new name and sound from a trio that has been recording and touring for the past 6 years. it has a raw feel along with a huge accoustic sound that capture the fresh new songs performed by two excellent songwriters.