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Dan Frechette at Old 5Mile house

The Old 5Mile House hosts Rambling Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

Frechette was signed at 17 to EMI Publishing in Toronto, recorded demos in Hollywood for Columbia Records, hitchhiked the southwestern U.S. with a $10 guitar, attracted folk mogul Mitch Podolak in Winnipeg to build a music company around him, written more than 1,300 songs, toured 300,000 kilometers, performed major festivals in North America and Europe, composed a musical score for a National Film Board animation and released eight albums in the span of eight months.

Uptown Magazine describes his music as “true blue blues, front to back, and as authentic, experienced and soul-on-sleeve as they come.”

Laurel Thomsen is a mesmerizing and soulful classically trained violinist hailing from the heart of Monterey.

She has performed extensively with the polished folk trio Bright Side Band. She performs and teaches folk, Celtic and classical violin, founded the Violin Geek Podcast and The Bright Side Band, regularly contributes articles for Strings Magazine and authored the beginner to advanced book/video “Improve Your Bowing Technique,” available through String Letter Publishing.

The two are on the road for an extensive spring tour of California. Friday’s gig at the Old5will be their only Nevada County engagement. There is no cover. All ages welcome.


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