Wed 02 Aug 2023
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FRASER ANDERSON is a highly acclaimed modern cinematic British folk artist.
Hailed by presenter Zoe Ball as “an amazing singer-songwriter” and “one to keep an eye on” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Anderson is a talented musician with much to offer.
Emotionally, he moves people the way Damien Rice can; he weaves stories with the craft of Glen Hansard; his songs brood, serious like Nick Drake; he has the lively showmanship of John Martyn, but Fraser Anderson stands above them all, a “truly remarkable artist” (BBC Radio Wales).
If you haven’t heard Anderson’s music yet, you are in for a treat. Words fail to prepare you for the delicate warm and comforting tones of his voice, described by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris as “truly beautiful”.
The sensitive nature of his lyrics, his subtle guitar playing, stellar vocals, and use of sharp stirring instrumental arrangements have left listeners spellbound. Audiences have described his live performances as deeply moving and uplifting, and for some “the best gig” they have ever been to.
Anderson is a sophisticated artist whose musical tales of human vulnerability connect so deeply they feel like an instant soundtrack to your life. His work takes folk to a level that is cinematic in reach and vision.
A taste-maker with a crooner-like ease of style, his passion for fashion, cinematography and animation seep into and out of his music, making him an exciting multidimensional artist.
Already well known across Europe, Anderson is a hidden gem now being discovered across anglophone countries like his native UK. With a strong BBC Radio 2 following and repeat requests to perform across the UK.
‘and the Girl with the Strawberry’, his 2003 acclaimed debut album, was recorded wedged between a mattress and a wall in the corner of a friend’s bedroom. In 2006, his second album Coming Up For Air was hailed as “Truly beautiful” by BBC R2’s Bob Harris.
Fraser then moved to rural France, where he lived and raised his family. In between physically demanding labouring jobs, he penned songs and performed at local village concerts to a community that adored him and his music. This life line support would soon propel him to launch his third studio album in 2010, Little Glass Box featuring the legendary Danny Thompson on double bass (Nick Drake, Kate Bush and John Martyn) [“Quite brilliant’ – Folk Radio].
Support tours have included the great Joan Armatrading, The Low Anthem, Pete Doherty, revered Italian artist Niccolo Fabi, and the legendary Chuck Berry on his 2010 European tour. He has headlined many UK dates and appearances at European festivals including Celtic Connections and Reeperbahn, and toured extensively around the east coast of Canada, and won publishing deals and contracts in Europe.
After 7 years in Rural France, Fraser returned to the UK in 2013, making the musically diverse and vibrant city of Bristol his home in which, to critical acclaim released his fourth studio album, ‘Under the Cover of Lightness’. Lauded as a “masterpiece” by MSN and voted album of the week by BBC Radio Ulster, it is a beautiful genre-blending dance amidst the ashes of a marriage.
With vast emotional reserves at work, Fraser Anderson is likened to Damien Rice, Nick Drake and Bon Iver. Combining painted narratives, unique acoustic tunings, soaring harmonies with a tender falsetto he affords the most arresting and intimate performance experiences. Reminiscent of Joni Mitchell’s melodic movement, Fraser’s poetic honesty and passion for design weaves throughout his music. Audiences have described his live performances as deeply moving.
His forthcoming album, All we are, is to be released early 2023 . The sense of love amidst the spontaneity and impermanence of everything continues in this new body of work. Exploring human connection, vulnerability and our responsibility to each other and the wider world, Fraser reflects on his own personal life experiences to question wider themes of who we are, what love is and our role in creating the world we want to live in.
‘We’re all born with this inherent desire to connect, to love and to be loved. I think that’s pretty much all we are when you strip it all back – all the other nonsense just gets in the way,’ he says.
“Quite brilliant” – FOLK RADIO Folk Radio
“Truly Beautiful” – BOB HARRIS, BBC RADIO 2
“One to keep an eye on” – ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE