Fresia and The Offsprings
Fresia and the Offsprings are a Nova Scotia based family music trio consisting of Samuel Fresia (age 14) on percussion and vocals, Charlotte Fresia (age 12) keyboards, marimba and vocals and Eric Fresia on classical guitar and vocals. The trio performs a collection of originals and classics mixing blues, folk, cajun, latin and african rhythms to create a warm engaging sound. Their live show invites the audience to participate in singing, dancing and occasional screams along with a touch of humor that moves crowds of all ages. In 2006 a home schooling experience became a musical partnership when singer songwriter Eric Fresia decided to include two of his children as band members while traveling through Mexico. With a small marimba for his daughter Charlotte and a djembe for his son Sam , the new trio quickly charmed their audiences with Eric’s repertoire of mixed languages and genres, Mexicans and travelers alike. Upon their return to Canada, Eric tested his new band at the Halifax Atlantic Jazz Festival for the release of his third CD, and the trio has been busy ever since. Winter 2007 was spent writing and recording and by June the band had released their first self-titled album. That summer saw them grace some of Atlantic Canada’s most renowned stages including the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. Last year, with his band back in school, Eric kept himself busy booking a tour that took his family on their longest journey yet, four months around North America with performances across the USA and Canada, including The Winnipeg Folk, Guelph Hillside and Fredericton Harvest Jazz and Blues festivals. Fresia and the Offsprings are currently working on a new recording of experiences and songs from the road to be released in 2009 along with spring and summer performances.