A Canadian fiddle foursome featuring Comox Valley’s Trent Freeman has been nominated for a Juno Award Tuesday morning.
The Fretless is one of five nominees for Instrumental Album of the Year for their album, Live from the Art Farm.
This is the band’s second Juno nomination; in 2017, the band was not only nominated in the same category, but took home the award for its full-length CD, Bird’s Nest.
Starting with its debut album in 2012, the band has steadily pushed further into the public eye, winning Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards and Instrumental Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Freeman, who plays fiddle and viola, performed last year at the Sid Williams theatre. The band struck off in a different direction with an instrumental album of tunes recorded live in a barn in upstate New York before an intimate audience assembled only a few feet away from the musicians.
The result is the award-nominated album.
“We’ve made a record of our favourite pub tunes and have transformed them into our world of tight arrangements and intricacy,” said Freeman in a release. “Now we are hoping to bring the current pub crowd audience, along with a new crowd, to the pub. We want everyone involved and there’s no better way than to have you in the room with us.”
The Juno Awards is set for March 17 at 5 p.m.