THE FRETLESS is a Canadian fiddle foursome playing an essential part in the emerging movement mainstreaming traditional Irish music.
Through the deconstruction and transformation of typical rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangements of fiddle styles from 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.
Four ferocious players, masterful composition, and a genre-bending sound — Juno award-winning The Fretless is a Canadian quartet that has firmly taken its place on the map to a progressive form of “trad”.
TICKETS: $22 Adult / $17 for Arts Station Members
Physical ticket/print out not required for entry - there will be a guest list on the door.
A supergroup of celebrated solo artists, The Fretless has been creating a singular and signature sound that dares to expand the idea of what a string music quartet can be — transforming fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements that have quickly gained a dedicated following and accolades from around the world.
Within what appears to be a simple and classical construct — two fiddles, a viola, and a cello — The Fretless has created a sound that is distinctly rich, multi-layered, and uniquely percussive. This tonal quality is pushing traditional music to new heights, producing a completely fresh approach to Folk music.
The Fretless is Trent Freeman (Fiddle/Viola), Karrnnel Sawitsky (Fiddle/Viola), Ben Plotnick(Fiddle/Viola), and Eric Wright (Cello).