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Accessible All ages
The Fretless is the Canadian ensemble playing an essential part in the emerging movement mainstreaming traditional music, and connecting traditional styles with diverse audiences around the world. Through its deconstruction and transformation of the usual rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangements of fiddle styles around the world, The Fretless is pushing traditional music to a new place, and has now issued itself an atypical challenge in the mission to find and convert fans unfamiliar with “progressive” traditional music.
Starting with their debut album in 2012, the band has steadily pushed further into the public eye, winning Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards and Instrumental group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Its 2014 tune “Waving To Ryan” has topped a million Spotify plays, and in 2016, The Fretless took home a Juno award for Instrumental Album of The Year for their album Bird’s Nest.
2018 saw the release of the band’s newest record, “Live from the Art Farm”, in which the band recorded ten all-new intricate arrangements in front of three microphones and an audience, straight to tape. The Fretless are just as likely to perform at a concert hall (most recently, halls such as the Royal Glasgow Concert hall in Scotland, The Colon Philharmonie in Germany, or the National Arts Centre in Ottawa) as a folk festival (such as Vancouver Island Music Fest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Memoirs et Racines). They can be found playing a pub one day, a chamber music festival the next, or collaborating with world-class vocalists (The Wailin’ Jennys, William Prince, Lennie Gallant) the weekend before a bluegrass festival.
The band is taking their innovative and vibrant version of a string quartet to countless corners of the musical world, bringing audiences on a journey that transcends genre, defies stereotypes, and can only be described as The Fretless.
Trent Freeman - fiddle, viola
Karrnnel Sawitsky - fiddle, viola
Eric Wright - cello
Ben Plotnick - fiddle, viola
“Transforming string music into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements, Canada’s The Fretless have become flawless musical acrobats and Juno award winners.” - Martin Hutchinson, Progradar
“That experience (a Fretless show) provided a genuine turning point in my musical thinking and ongoing musical education.” - David Morrison, FRUK
“It isn’t often that you come across instrumental music so beautiful that each track feels like brush strokes in a piece of artwork.” - Ben Ray, Cherwell
2017 JUNO Instrumental Album of the Year
2014 CFMA Ensemble of the Year
2014 WCMA Instrumental Album of the Year
2012 CFMA Ensemble of the Year
2012 CFMA Instrumental Group of the Year
2012 WCMA Instrumental Album of the Year
Environmental Initiative: Like many organizations, the Rogue is concerned about the environment. We are doing our best to separate and recycle wherever we can. We use compostable cups at all shows, and charge 25 cents for all cups (beer, wine and coffee). We encourage people to reuse their cups if they return to the bar for another beverage. We also invite you to bring your own cup or glass. Beer drinkers can choose to consume right out of the can. These may seem like small things, but they are an important contribution to cleaning up our planet.
The Rogue Folk Club is pleased to provide great Sponsorship Opportunities for all our shows. For a nominal cost, individuals or businesses can sponsor any of our shows and reap a number of benefits - free tickets, reserved table, recognition on literature, our web site and at the concerts. For more information simply contact our Sponsorship Director Morris Biddle at email@example.com