(translation from French by Camille Brochu)
I’ve listened again to L'Anche à deux cordes and this album just blows me away... Wow! What craftsmanship! What depth of research! Plus, you chose to play some of my all-time favourites (…). In addition, the arrangements (the harmonies in particular come to mind) are sublime. I’m not one to use hollow epithets, but I believe this album is destined to become a landmark in diatonic accordion history, not unlike Philippe Bruneau’s 1973 Philo recording; what is certain, is that from now on you, [Frank,] will be considered a master (or at least a sure value) among your peers. (Marc Bolduc, radio host, Tradosphère, CIBL 101,5, November 23rd, 2005).
I’ve been listening to the album all day today! I must have played it four or five times at least. It’s truly good, pleasant to listen to, at once refined and virtuosic. A true accomplishment. Bravo! (…) I think your trio is this year’s revelation, a real gem. (Yaëlle Azoulay, Research and Development agent, Association québécoise des Loisirs Folkloriques (AQLF), personal communication, 2005).
Of course L’Anche has more than two chords up its sleeve, and the sounds they produce open up a musical realm far more complex than one can grasp upon a first hearing (…). As the group’s CD, simply titled Traditional Music of Quebec, demonstrates, l’Anche à deux cordes draws its inspiration from the lyrical, laid-back «swing» typical of the Québec region; but the group tackles numerous other styles as well (…). While never straying too far away from tradition, the trio nonetheless imparts its own personal touch (…). This group is undeniably one of the most promising of its category. (Yves Bernard, «La Grande Rencontre. L’Anche à deux cordes : le sens de la continuité. L’accordéoniste sherbrookois Frank Sears mérite amplement le prix Dorothée Hogan qui lui sera décerné lors de la Grande Rencontre mercredi prochain». Le Devoir, Montréal, August 18, 2006).