The Fretless

Golden Civic Centre

Location

Golden Civic Centre
806 10th Avenue S, Golden, BC

Date

Fri 20 Jan 2023

Time

7:30 pm
The Fretless have spent more than a decade exploring various ways to push the boundaries of what a string quartet can do. With a special guest vocalist these JUNO nominees play music that is complex, multi-layered, and passionately expressive.

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The Island Restaurant

About The Event

Tagged as a “progressive string quartet,” The Fretless have spent more than a decade exploring various ways to push the boundaries of what a string quartet can do. By putting fiddle tunes and folk melodies from the traditions of Irish, Scottish, Celtic, bluegrass and old-timey American and Canadian music into a classical format, these four innovators have created unique music that is complex, multi-layered, and passionately expressive.

Comprising Trent Freeman (fiddle/viola), Karrnnel Sawitsky (fiddle/viola), Ben Plotnick (fiddle/viola), and Eric Wright (cello), the four musicians of Fretless have toured the globe with great success, playing with panache for an incredible diversity of audiences: at rowdy dance halls, the Shetland Folk Festival, and even the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra Hall.

Relentlessly creative musicians, The Fretless are also relentless award-winners. Their 2012 debut CD won Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards and also won Instrumental Group of the Year and Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). More CFMA and JUNO awards and nominations soon followed.

Although their award-winning CDs have always been instrumental, the band recently collaborated with several singers on the wildly acclaimed 2021 release, Open House, which was JUNO-nominated for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year. This exciting, richly collaborative album featured great singers such as Dan Mangan and Ruth Moody performing iconic Canadian songs in innovative ways.

For their appearance in Golden, The Fretless will be featuring several songs from Open House, performing about half of their show with a special guest vocalist to be announced later. Check out the tunes on Open House and then come get your tickets.

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