The Fretless performs traditional Celtic-infused folk music and this will be the band’s third return to the area, having first come north in 2015. The show will begin at 7 p.m. and will take place on an outdoor stage on the sprawling grounds. Tickets are $15 per person and available online at www.gnwca.org or can be purchased at Fiddleheads on 110 Main St. in Colebrook.
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” is the raw result of this performance. It 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 Celtic music for groups of three or more tunes arranged and played together–are three new originals by The Fretless.
“We’ve made a record of our favorite pub tunes, but transformed them in our world of arrangement and intricacy,” said fiddle and viola player Trent Freeman. “We are hoping to bring the current pub crowd audience to us and we are hoping to bring a new crowd to the pub, too. We want everyone involved and there’s no better way than to have you in the room with us.”
This concert is hosted by the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts and promises to be a fun and energetic evening of entertainment in the beautiful outdoor grounds of the Center for the Arts, 1993 U.S. Rte. 3 in Columbia.
For more information on this and other GNWCA shows, find the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts on Facebook, visit www.gnwca.org or you can call 246-8998.