DAISY DEBOLT (1945-2011)


Previously unreleased demos, studio outtakes, radio sessions, and live recordings from Fraser & DeBolt's archives, spanning their entire career, in a deluxe tip-on gatefold jacket with detailed liner notes from Allan and Daisy.


Allan Fraser & Daisy DeBolt met in the summer of 1969. They had both been working individually on the coffeehouse circuit in their native Canada; over the next five years, as the duo of Fraser & DeBolt, they created a sublime body of work that still sounds remarkably fresh decades later. They recorded two albums for Columbia which garnered rave reviews at the time, but saw little commercial success. Both have since become cult classics in psychedelic folk circles; the first, With Ian Guenther, being particularly beloved amongst a coterie of die-hard fans. Their combination of ragged-but-right salt & pepper harmonies, evocative lyrics, beautiful songs shot through with occasional dissonant grace notes, and careful arrangements that still managed to sound off-the-cuff made for some of the most beguiling music of its era. Now, Roaratorio is proud to present This Song Was Borne


Friends and fans of Daisy DeBolt will be saddened to hear that she passed away October 4, 2011 after a very brief illness. More to be announced here later.

The talent of Daisy DeBolt is the exuberant synthesis of family, musical and creative influences and is also a contributing force in the evolution of contemporary music. Her energy, humour and power as a vocalist have been affecting audiences since the 1960's and prompted critic Peter Goddard to write: "Her music doesn't showcase its roots, it contributes to them."

Daisy's early influences explain the origins of her musical talent. Her mother Marjorie was a music teacher who led a band in which young Daisy played guitar. Daisy's father played chromatic harmonica and banjo. In high school Daisy studied guitar with the legendary Lenny Breau.

After one year in fine arts at the University of Manitoba, Daisy decided to make music her career. After arriving in Toronto in 1965 she opened for the likes of Lonnie Johnson and Jessie Fuller and began working with several bands, including the Allen-Ward Trio.

In 1968, at the Mariposa Folk Festival, she met Allan Fraser. Soon after, they began touring as Fraser & DeBolt. In 1970 they were signed to Columbia Records in New York.

Their first album received rave reviews and was followed by a second album and tours in the United States and Canada. In 1974 Fraser & DeBolt represented North America in Sopot, Poland at the International Song Festival.

Following the breakup of Fraser & DeBolt, Daisy wrote film scores for the National Film Board of Canada and worked with dance company Ballet Ys. She also explored reggae music with her band Don't Push Me Against The Fridge.

In the late 1980's Daisy began work on her first solo CD Soulstalking which she described as "alpine polka reggae." Meanwhile, she toured the folk festival circuit in Canada and made many appearances on CBC radio programs.

Daisy also took time out to star in the Theatre Calgary production of Country Hearts in which she played the lead role of Sam Slick. She was also musical director for a production of Nickel in Sudbury and she appeared in The Coming in Toronto.

In recent years Daisy performed at the Women In E Motion concert series in Bremen, Germany and has done club dates and concert tours in Canada. She has also written music for the YTV series 15 Love.

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