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I hope your 2022 is off to a good start. What a trying couple of years it's been... The good news I have to share is that my long awaited fifth duo album, "AFTER THE FIRE" with Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Frechette releases today, along with a new music video, a new Violin Geek Podcast episode, and an outdoor concert in Santa Cruz, California.

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make something of this album (possibly our best one yet) and it feels tricky when we can’t yet tour to promote it as we've done with all our previous releases. We’ve had a heartwarming response from those of you who took advantage of our holiday pre-orders and have been enjoying the new songs already. Please help us share our music with those you think might appreciate it!! THANK YOU!!

Order signed physical copies or exclusive downloads (including MP3 and WAV versions, album art, liner notes, lyrics) here. You can also find the album on a variety of streaming platforms and online stores. We look forward to sharing the album with more of you in the coming days!

As I mentioned, we're not touring yet, or even performing much, other than a lot of outdoor private events and weddings, but if you're in the area, we'll be sharing songs from the new album as well as previous albums tonight in downtown Santa Cruz, California. The event is outdoors and free, with food and drink available for purchase from a variety of vendors, and we'll have CDs for sale and signing.

"After the Fire" Launch Party Featuring Dan and Laurel along with Dan Robbins on bass Friday, January, 21, 2022, 6-9pm ABBOTT SQUARE 725 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA

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