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Juno-winners The Fretless on Salt Spring this week


Canada’s premier folk quartet — The Fretless — play at ArtSpring on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The award-winning group will perform songs from their newest album, Birds Nest, which was the 2017 Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. Instrumental compositions are inspired by events, people and places connected to the band. Each song tells a story and has its own musical arc, with a commitment to mastery of their instruments and a playful, creative artistry that shows throughout their performances.

The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world. This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.

With the release of their debut album Waterbound in early 2012, which features their fresh styles and compositions, as well as collaborations with singers Ruth Moody and Norah Rendell, the quartet grabbed the attention of critics and fans across many genres. This recording fuelled a busy summer of festivals across Canada, a month-long fall tour of Germany, and worldwide sales and radio play.

The year was capped with three awards, bringing the album and the band further into the public eye. It won Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and at the Canadian Folk Music Awards the Fretless walked away with awards for both Ensemble of the Year, and Instrumental Group of the Year.

The Fretless is an innovation in music that must be heard. They harbour all the energy of fiddle tunes, while shattering all expectations in writing, creativity and performance.

Tickets are available online at, or at ArtSpring’s box office.

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