Marian is from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She has been playing piano for a number of years. Marian comes from a musical background. Her mother Jean Fraser, an accompanist for many years, was a mainstay in Eastern Nova Scotia and developed a reputation for reliable timing. Marian's son, Allan, is involved in the music industry as a piano accompanist having recorded with Jerry Holland, Dougie MacDonald and Mary Jane Lamond. He has traveled extensively with various musicians. Her daughter Joan plays fiddle and was a former member of the youth fiddlers who performed for the Papal visit to Halifax in 1984. Marian has recorded on Dougie MacDonald's album "A Minor".