Fraser Anderson | 'and The Girl With The Strawberry...'

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'and The Girl With The Strawberry...'

by Fraser Anderson

"Acoustic brilliance;" a bit like Nick Drake & Damien Rice, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell.
Genre: Folk: like Joni
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3. if it all came true
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5. just hanging on
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8. trees and bridges
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9. side by side
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Short Bio -
Fraser Anderson is one of Scotland's foremost breaking singer/songwriters,
now based in the south of France. His performances have been capturing audiences all over Europe regularly making people cry., being described as
"unplugged acoustic brilliance". Fraser's recordings have also been making their way onto the airwaves, most recently on Radio Scotland and WFUV in New York.
Recently supporting Joan Armatrading, performing with world reknowned
percussionist Trilok Gurtu, and singing and recording with Scotland's folk legend Dougie MacLean.
Fraser released his debut album 'and the girl with the strawberry...' in 2004 and has just released his follow up album , ' Coming up for air '.

Fraser Anderson, a singer-songwriter from Scotland who currently resides in France. I first discovered Fraser not on MySpace, but on NPR while I was driving around town one night. I came in on the middle of the segment, which featured Fraser doing some of his songs live in studio. I instantly became a fan, and as soon as I got home, I tried like crazy to find out about him on the Internet. Because of the spelling of his first name (thanks, Kelsey Grammer), I couldn't find him right away. After poking around for about four or five days, I was able to locate him via his band website.

I looked him up on MySpace and started listening. The first song I heard was "Fairytale," a tender love song with guitar work that is fantastic, to say the least. Fraser's voice is honest and sincere, and when he says,"You'll always be my baby blue" (among other things) it speaks of devotion, companionship, and warmth. "Fairytale" became one of those songs that I listened to a hundred times in about three or four days. I played it for my kids and my youngest quickly corrected Fraser, telling me that she'll always be my baby brown (we're Mexican and she was four years old).

I added Fraser as my very first MySpace friend (other than that dumbass Tom) and contacted him about where to get his album and whether or not he was touring the U.S. soon. He responded shortly and let me know that the album wasn't available in the U.S., but that I could get it at his site. He is working on coming to the U.S. We talked about Nick Drake and I introduced him to Iron and Wine, which he hadn't heard and liked immediately. I told told him the "baby brown" story and he quite rightly thought it was cute.

So, he's a nice guy as well as a very talented musician. His songs can soothe you on a hectic day, or make a peaceful Saturday with your family better. Not enough people know about Fraser, but damn, they should. Turn your countenance toward him, fools. It'll be time well spent.
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- 2007 -
Recorded new album in Paris and released it with a launch concert in a stunning 11th century chapel near Carcassonne in the south of France.
- 2006 -
Frasers song, Just hanging on, is chosen for use on a radio documentary by Musistadl Productions for Swift Networks Ltd about Ellis island in 1920s New York. The program will be played on radio stations in the UK and the USA. Monochrome records designed and produced the graphics and layout for the project.
- 2005 -
Frasers song, How to love them all is aired on New York City radio station WFUV on John Platts Sunday breakfast show. Performs at the Pearls of the Tay concert to celebrate the opening of the new Perth concert hall. Played a key role alongside world-class percussionist Trilok Gurtu in front of a full house to glowing reviews. Supports JOAN ARMATRADING at her sell out show at Perth city hall, as part of the festival of the arts 2005. Performs with Dougie Maclean at the Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, This was the closing performance for this years Celtic Connections festival.
- 2004 -
Album receives first glowing review. and the girl with the strawberry... was reviewed by the Perthshire advertisers music scene and was described as a masterpiece of a debut. see website for more reviews.
- 2003 -
Records debut album, and the girl with the strawberry... Released with a solo show at the Pitlochry Festival theatre, and described in the review which followed as, unplugged acoustic brilliance. Plays with Dougie Maclean at the Queens hall Edinburgh, Part of the Edinburgh Festival.
- 2002 -
Performs at the Frankie Miller tribute concert at the Glasgow Barrowlands. Fraser plays and records the Miller song, Ghost, for the tribute album entitled,Something old, something new, something borrowed and most definitely blues. Performs with Dougie Maclean on a tour which takes in the Queens hall Edinburgh, Carnegie hall Dunfermline, Younger hall St Andrews, and the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall.
- 2001 -
Records backing vocals on Dougie Macleans album, who am I .

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Response to live radio session broadcast across the states on NPR August 2006
Just a few of the emails sent to thistle@npr.org after the interview was aired.

To whom it may concern,
I was absolutely enthralled the other day when Fraser Anderson
was on the program. The music was just incredible. I was
wondering if it’s at all possible to get a recording of that show... I
would be more than willing to pay for it. I intend to buy his cd but
fell in love with the acoustic versions and was merely curious about
the live material. If you could email me back it would be greatly
appreciated.
Sincerely,
Kevin Magee
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Hi I heard an amazing voice last night on your program. I don’t know his name at all, but I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. If you could tell me who that was I would be so excited.
thanx,
ryan
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Hey, love the show.
Is there any way to get recordings of the shows? I’ve been a fan of Fraser Anderson for a little while now and fell in love with the live performances he gave on your show. Can I get those recordings, for any price?
Thanks for your time,
Tim, in Portland, Oregon
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Dear Thistle folks:
Please send me the information for the singer Frazier Anderson and his debut
album, “Girl with a Strawberry” (I think that is the name).
Thank you
Clyde Shaw
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Hello,
What was the artist’s name with whom you interviewed and played his music on Saturday, August 26th? I think his last or first name was Fraser?
I would like to listen to more of his music...
thank you much,
Jason:)
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A couple of weeks ago I caught a re-run show with Frazer Anderson on it. I loved Frazer Anderson! I’ve gone on-line looking for some info. on him but can’t find anything. Can you help?
Thanks!
Candy Kilgore, Double Springs, Alabama
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I recently purchased your cd. I think it's one of the most enjoyable group of songs I've ever heard. The lyrics are poetic. The guitar is soothing. I've let some friends hear it and they all loved it. The cd's are not in stores where I live so I told them to look at the website.

I also appreciate the pictures on the website because I do photography and artwork as a side business. I also play acoustic guitar and I enjoy writing, as a hobby.

Thanks for personalizing the cd. It has quickly become one of my favorite's.

Thanks again.

Mark T. Malak
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Jade


Fraser Anderson opens the heartfelt album, \"and the girl with the strawberry\" with a warm, gentle tone, singing as if directly to the listener, \"how to love them all / just put your greed to one side.\" Teaching lessons of compassion, loyalty, romantic love, and letting go, Anderson touches the deepest and sometimes dark parts of this life, but never claims them to be gloomy or hopeless. Instead, he presents the dark with strong beauty, intimate as a meaningful conversation with a dear friend. The delicate instrumentation is comprised of guitars, a cello, violin, piano, and other unnamed instruments which are played by Fraser Anderson. Thoughtful lyrics never lose the rhythm of song and are well-paced. He has the diction and voice of an experienced singer, the heart and soul of a poet. This album\'s subtle instrumentation creates a thought-provoking mood. Never settling into the background, \"and the girl with the strawberry\" blankets and transports the listener to painted scenes and stories Anderson builds with his lyrics and vocals.

Joerg Bombrowski


Fraser Andersons music speaks to the heart. Accompained only by guitar, piano or violin his Debut CD is full of poetic lyrics, unusual guitar tunings and his voice is like honey. Don´t miss the chance to discover this great artist