2016 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
The Fretless is a young and innovative band that melds the worlds of celtic, folk and chamber music into an amazing and unique sound they like to call rad trad. They may look like a string quartet, but with innovative arrangements and roots deeply based in Celtic and Canadian fiddle styles, The Fretless is creating their own unique path in the music world.
It’s not uncommon for a modern string quartet to play some crossover material, but what The Fretless does is different. They aren’t a classical quartet playing arrangements of folk tunes, but a folk band with a twist! Playing the instruments of a classical string quartet, the members of The Fretless are fundamentally folk musicians, who know the traditions and styles, but also happen to have extensive technical training and chamber music experience.
Hailing from all across North America, the members of The Fretless are Ben Plotnick – violin and viola , from Calgary AB. Trent Freeman – violin and viola, from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Karrnnel Sawitsky – violin and viola from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Eric Wright – cello, from Los Angeles, California, USA.
“The Fretless sound is the product of brilliant musicians and composers, cross-genre influences in a modern world. The outcome is a unique voice that is rich, fresh and diverse.” Folk and Roots Music Webzine/ http://www.folkradio.co.uk