You can tell music is on my mind. Just found a great video by a young Trent Freeman who explains what makes Métis fiddling unique. He is accompanied by Métis musician Ry Moran-more on him in another posting.
Trent has moved in some new directions with his solo career; his album Rock Paper Scissors was nominated for a 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award. Here’s a link to his website www.trentfreeman.com .
He is also part of The Fretless which according to their website is “a young and innovative band that melds the worlds of celtic, folk and chamber music into an amazing and unique sound they like to call rad trad. They may look like a string quartet, but with innovative arrangements and roots deeply based in Celtic and Canadian fiddle styles, The Fretless is creating their own unique path in the music world.” On October 1, 2012 they won a Western Canadian Music Award for Instrumental Recording of the Year.
I love the idea that this group stays true to their roots yet still creates some interesting and modern ways of playing traditional music. One of their members says they take traditional tunes but then they are “mixed and rebuilt in a way that will seem new”.
Their take on music is similar with how I feel about blogging, tweeting and connecting with other Métis through technology. As I said in my post, The Metis Nation Registry-a Thesis by Tara Gereaux, “this blog is my way of finding meaning and a sense of belonging to my culture and to a community that I have chosen to embrace.” I am taking traditional Métis culture and seeking new ways to incorporate it into my life and way of being. It’s a new twist on the traditional.
I thoroughly enjoyed the video on the band’s home page and since next to Métis music, fiddling with an Irish or Celtic flavour sits second on my favorites list, I would say The Fretless have found a new fan!