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The Fretless "Waterbound"

The Fretless \"Waterbound\"

Nominated at Western Canadian Music Awards as «Instrumental recording of the year»

“When was the last time you heard something musically original? […] While you’re struggling with that, let me tell you about The Fretless. Great name, right? Even at the outset they succeed where others creatively bog down. Their debut called Waterbound introduces us to a totally fresh idea; a Celtic chamber quartet made up of fiddles, viola and cello. The arrangement says chamber but the execution is lively as a ceildh can be. And, they get to put their own label on it, which they’ve chosen to dub ‘Rad Trad’. The Fretless are Ivonne Hernandez, violin, viola, step dancing and vocals, from Victoria, BC. Trent Freeman, violin, viola and feet, from Vancouver, BC. Karrnnel Sawitsky, violin and viola from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Eric Wright, cello, from Los Angeles. The Canadians met up through the competitive fiddle circuit and their American cousin completed group after meeting Ivonne at Berklee. Utilizing podorhythmia and a bowing technique known as chopping, the quartet adds percussive pulse to the chamber arrangement that evokes purity and modernity. Recorded in Victoria by Juno-winning producer, Joby Baker (Alex Cuba, Locarno, Tillers Folly) Waterbound is a celebration of wood and strings by our talented musicians with huge synergy and arrangement skills. I demand as solo artists and teachers, it’s hard to believe that they haven’t been playing together all their lives. […]”
World Beat, Cal Koat, Aug. 2012,

”Three of Canada’s most decorated fiddle champions, who graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, have hooked up with a Celtic cellist to form The Fretless, a string quartet that marries Celtic, folk and chamber music into a sound they call “rad trad.” The young artists play Celtic and Canadian-style folk music with the flawless precision of the classically trained musician. Their debut album, 'Waterbound', showcases their raw talents as folk musicians and sophisticated composition and arrangement skills. 'Waterbound' is a must for any music library, and if you get the chance to see them live, you'll be hooked!”
Jan DeGrass; The Coast Reporter


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