Fraser Union Profile
first formed in 1983, and has evolved into the current lineup of Henk
Piket, Barry Truter, Kathy Griffin, and Roger Holdstock, while
staying true to a passion for performing and recording songs that have a great deal of meaning to
the band members and their audiences. A
quick look at the range of music on their recordings,
BC Songbook, This Old
World, From There to Here,
Hello, Stranger and
Split Shift indicates that Fraser Union is
not easily pigeon-holed.
of their songs tell stories of BC: "Bank Trollers" (about West Coast
fishing), "Snap the Line Tight" (log salvaging), "The
Ballad of Robert Harkness (about the Cariboo gold rush), "Song for
Robert Dziekanski", "Canning
Salmon", "Truck Driver's Song", "Hard Rock
Miner", "Salmon Circle", "Drill Ye Tarriers",
"Kettle Valley Line", "When the Tide Goes Out",
"The Grand Hotel".
Others come from the workplace: "Coal Town Road", "Chemical Worker's Song", "Woman of Labrador", "Empty Nets" (woes of fishing), "Ships of the Deep" (merchant shipping), "Everything Possible" (child-rearing), "Their Way" (post-secondary teaching), and "The Ghost Program" (computer programming).
But some tell
stories from other times and places: "The Last Battle," about
the Métis uprising and the last stand of Louis Riel, "The
Goodnight-Loving Trail," about the most valuable member on the
cattle drive--the cook, "Augustus and Catherine," about the
Overlanders and moving West, and "Lady Franklin’s Lament,"
about the ill-fated Franklin expedition.
also sings contemporary songs with a bite: "Pipeline Blues"
(oil and gas industry), "Song for Robert Dziekanski", "Canaries in the
Mine" (about environmental hazards in an aircraft factory), "One Big Highway"
(globalization). Whether on recording or in concert,
Fraser Union’s repertoire contains no throw-aways.
has been heard many times on CBC radio: nationally with Max Ferguson and
Bill Richardson; locally with Paul Grant, Mark Forsythe, David Grierson,
Kathryn Gretsinger, Sheryl MacKay and others.
is Roger Holdstock, Henk Piket,
Barry Truter, and most recently,
Kathy Griffin. Their four strong
voices present some songs a cappella and others accompanied by a variety
of instruments including guitars, mandolins, dobro and banjo. They've
performed, for example, at the Filberg Festival, ArtsWells Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver
Island MusicFest, Seattle
Folklife Festival, Islands Folk Festival, Mayworks, Winter Roots
Festival, the National Conference of Teachers of English, the Working
Knowledge Conference at UBC, and countless benefits and coffee houses.
For more information, recordings, or bookings, please contact Roger Holdstock firstname.lastname@example.org or write to him at 3851 West 22 Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V6S 1J8. Fraser Union is also on Facebook and YouTube.
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