Fraser Anderson is a highly acclaimed modern British folk artist.
Hailed by Howard Thompson (Former Head of A&R, Elektra Records) as “the best singer-songwriter I’ve heard in a long time”, the BBC’s Bob Harris as a “truly beautiful voice” and by Rolling Stone Magazine as “one to keep an eye on”, Anderson is a “truly remarkable artist” (BBC Radio Wales). Likened to Damien Rice’s emotionality, Glen Hansard’s crafted storytelling, the intensity of Nick Drake and the lively humour of John Martyn, Anderson stands out in his own right.
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- taking 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.
Anderson launched his fourth and most experimental album to date, ‘Under The Cover of Lightness’, in 2016, which has met with critical acclaim. Described as a “masterpiece” by MSN and voted album of the week by BBC Radio Ulster, this latest offering presents the most powerful songs he’s ever written, and follows up the rave reviewed album, “Little Glass Box”. Already well known across Europe, Anderson is a gem now being discovered across anglophone countries like his native UK, and Canada. With a strong BBC Radio 2 following and repeat requests to perform across the UK, his fanbase is assuredly growing and sees him cross the Atlantic to North America regularly throughout 2017.
Anderson’s relationship with music began when as a young teenager he witnessed the tragic death of a wonderful man he had met hours before, to whom he spoke about the profundities of life- and death. At a loss as to how to process the extremity of the experience, he took to writing- at first poetry, then lyrics and songs. His musical talent, stage presence and confidence as a performer were obvious from the beginning. His musical influences were broad, experimenting early as a teenage jazz fusion hip-hop performer, drummer, keyboardist and bassist. Soon after graduating music college Anderson was spotted by venerable Scottish Folk institution Dougie McLean, who invited him to branch into the folk world; he took up the challenge and ran with it, and hasn’t looked back. He recorded his first album, ‘and the girl with the strawberry…’ in his friends bedroom, which his local newspaper the Perthshire Advertiser proclaimed “a masterpiece of a debut album”.
Anderson then moved to rural France, where he lived and raised his family for many years. His isolated expat existence became an unexpected and somewhat miraculous launchpad for his career. In between labouring jobs, he penned songs he performed at local village concerts, to a community that adored him and his music. Unbeknownst to Anderson, this support would soon after propel him to launch his second, studio recorded album, ‘Coming up for air’, and begin to tour across the European continent. His loving and loyal international fanbase was confirmed by two successful crowdfunding campaigns that funded his third album, ‘Little Glass Box’, and the latest album, ‘Under the Cover of Lightness’. Fraser returned to the UK in 2013, making the musically diverse and vibrant city of Bristol his new home.
Anderson’s support tours include the great Joan Armatrading, The Low Anthem, Pete Doherty, revered Italian artist Nicolo Fabi, and the legendary Chuck Berry who said of his music “two thumbs up”.
He has headlined UK dates and appearances at European festivals including Celtic Connections and Reeperbahn.
His second album, ‘Coming up for air’, was picked up and celebrated by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, and features the musician Greg Lawson. The success of the album lead to his current publishing deal with Metisse Music Publishing in Paris.
His third album, ‘Little Glass Box’, also received well by critics, features the instrumental work of Danny Thompson.
He is signed to the German indie powerhouse label and distributor Membran.
Anderson regularly performs with singer and recording artist Bex Baxter, whose vocals feature on ‘Under the Cover of Lightness’. He is currently forming a new collective of musicians to join his band and is excited to bring the new line up into his live and recorded music soon. Watch this space!