The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, whose cutting-edge musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could help him return the instrument to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music. The duo performs frequently in Europe, and throughout the US and Canada. They have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today, the Thistle & Shamrock, and Mountain Stage, and represented Scotland at the Smithsonian Museum’s Folklife Festival.
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Vibrant young musician Natalie Haas is one of the most sought-after cellists in traditional music. She and master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured together as a duo for years, creating a buzz at festivals and concerts throughout Europe and North America. Natalie has also toured extensively with Mark O’Connor as a member of his Appalachia Waltz Trio and been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Natalie MacMaster, Irish greats Solas and Liz Carroll, and Americana icon Dirk Powell. She makes her home in Montreal and is an active member of the traditional music scene.
Nathaniel Smith began studying cello at age five and quickly developed an interest in playing cello in a variety of musical settings. He has studied classical music at the University of Alabama. He has also studied jazz and adapts many tunes from the jazz repertoire to cello. He is a sought after soloist on the national scene, frequently performing and recording with jazz, classical and traditional musicians. Nathaniel has released two albums, Arrhythmia—original music performed on cello, and The Nathaniel Smith Jazz Project, recorded live at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Nathaniel has been touring with Natalie MacMaster since 2007.
When Karrnnel Sawitsky (Fiddle), Ivonne Hernandez (Fiddle), Eric Wright (Cello) and Trent Freeman (Fiddle) got together to rehearse for the first time, they spent the next 10 days writing, arranging, and practicing until The Fretless emerged as a band. The Fretless take string music to fascinating places, transforming fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. This approach to folk music is gaining high acclaim around the world. 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.