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Canadian fiddle foursome to perform at the Medallion



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The Fretless, a Canadian Fiddle Foursome, will be performing on Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park St., Gorham Town Hall, Gotham. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
July 11, 2019
GORHAM The Fretless, a Canadian Fiddle Foursome, will be performing on Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park St., Gorham Town Hall, Gorham. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the Door and will be available at the Gorham Town Hall, White Mountain Café & Bookstore and online at www.medallionoperahouse.org. The concert is being sponsored by North Country Dental and NCDSkin of Exchange Street in Gorham. MOH 5-Punch cards will be accepted for this event.

The Fretless is playing an essential part in the emerging movement mainstreaming traditional Irish folk music. Starting with its 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 its most recent full-length, Bird's Nest.

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.

With its latest recordings, instead of attempting to make a more "accessible" follow-up to Bird's Nest, The Fretless is taking advantage of the recent recognition by releasing an instrumental album of tunes representing the player's traditional roots. Recorded live in a barn in upstate New York before a handful-sized audience assembled only a few feet away from the players, Live From The Artfarm (April 6, 2018) is the raw result of this performance.

Live From The Artfarm is a joyous recording that shows off why traditional folk music is finding an audience among the non-traditional, and also why The Fretless is leading the charge. Among the album's "sets" the term used in traditional Irish music for groups of three or more tunes arranged and played together are three new originals by The Fretless.

The album's total of ten tunes were also beautifully filmed before multiple cameras, and singles from Live From The Artfarm, the fourth album, will be circulated that way in order for the uninitiated to fully experience the boundless electricity of the evening.

Tiffany Eddy
Martin Lord Osman
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