Eric Fresia Lounges in the high-ceilinged living room of the Beckwith, Nova Scotia, farmhouse he shares with his partner, Catherine Bussiere, and their three children. His wild, curly hair is particularly hand-ruffled this afternoon, the day after a concert at his sister’s country home where he and his band, Fresia and the Offsprings, previewed songs from their upcoming second album.
Behind him is an upright piano, a keyboard, a set of hand drums and his guitars. This is not only where he lives but also where he writes and records music. It’s possible to do it all from here, at the end of a long dirt road in rural Nova Scotia, because of the internet- and the fact that the the two other members of his band live under the same roof. “Their my best band,” Eric says of the two youngest kids, Charlotte, 12, and Sam 14. “ They know my music and they’re in tune with where its going.”
While the Maritime kitchen-party influence can be found in a few of Eric’s songs, it’s just one of many styles he absorbs and transforms into this unique world music. After two decades of traveling through Canada, the US, Mexico and Central America, Eric incorporates traditional folk, blues, jazz and reggae influences in his music, as well as french and spanish lyrics. “I call it world music because I like to grab from all over the place, “ Eric says. “ If there is a new style or song I like, Ill be influenced by it.”