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THE FRETLESS at the Merville Hall
On Friday, April 1, the Big Yellow Merville Hall will host The Fretless, a Juno award-winning fiddle and cello juggernaut. Four ferocious players, including the Comox Valley’s Trent Freeman, masterful composition, and a genre-bending sound —The Fretless is a Canadian quartet that has firmly taken its place as the innovators of a progressive form of “trad” (traditional music).
Since 2012, this supergroup of celebrated solo artists has been creating a signature sound — transforming fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, high-energy arrangements resulting in accolades from around the world. Within what appears to be a simple, classical construct — two fiddles, a viola, and a cello — The Fretless has created a sound that is distinctly rich, multi-layered, and percussive, producing a completely fresh approach to Folk music.
Starting with their debut album in 2012 and continuing with 4 additional albums, The Fretless has won a Juno Award, Western Canadian Music Awards and Canadian Folk Music Awards as well as additional Juno nominations.
The band has been successfully touring at home in Canada, as well as globally throughout Australia, North and Central America, and has logged six European tours. From intimate back rooms and rowdy dance halls to some of the worlds most iconic and prestigious stages, The Fretless has had the honor of performing for a wide variety of audiences.
This year, The Fretless is debuting their most ambitious recording to date — “Open House” — a 10 track guest-singer collaboration, featuring powerhouse vocalists. They will be sharing cuts from this album at their Merville Hall show.
So, don’t dawdle. On April 1st, be at the Merville Hall for the 7:00 opening of the doors and be in your comfy seat for the 7:30 start of The Fretless. Tickets are $25/$10 (youth) at Long & McQuade, Courtenay; Blue Heron, Comox; and Music Plant, Campbell River; and at the door. FMI Craig 250-339-4249- firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday, March 11th, join Canadian musical icon, Valdy, regarded as one of this country’s most distinctive and successful minstrels, at the Big Yellow Merville hall. With two Juno Awards, and 7 Juno nominations, he has sold almost half a million copies of his 15 albums, and is remembered for “Play Me a Rock and Roll Song“, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, as a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968.
Valdy has taken his music to dozens of countries, from Europe to Australia and back again. He is a man with a thousand friends. From Newfoundland to Texas, he is a singer/songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up a life. He’s a master of country, folk, rock and blues, with the hook that, whatever the sound, people know that Valdy is sincere.
The concert in Merville will kick off his spring tour so he will be keen to have a welcoming audience. Few performers are capable of achieving the kind of energy he generates on stage and he promises to deliver with a wallop. So come on down to the warm and cozy hall and settle in for an evening of delightful music delivered by a pro. http://www.valdy.com. Tickets are $25/$10 (youth) at Long & McQuade, Courtenay; Blue Heron, Comox; and Music Plant, Campbell River; and at the door. FMI Craig 250-339-4249.
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