Canadian fiddler to close season for concert group
Published 10:33 am Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Performer, composer, recording artist and producer, Karrnnel Sawitsky is bringing his musical prowess on the fiddle to the Franklin-Southampton Concert Association’s final concert of the season. The performance by this Canadian-based musician takes place on Saturday, April 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and will be in the auditorium of Southampton High School.
According to his website, Karrnnel “grew up playing in a family band with his two sisters and his father, traveling across North America as The Sawitsky Family Fiddlers.”
His music draws from a wide variety of styles — Canadian Old Time to Métis, Ukrainian to Scottish, Bluegrass to Jazz and everything between.
His first album was a self-titled solo work released in February 2009, and features all original music that showcases his diverse talents in composition and performance. That same year, Karrnnel was on a short list of nominees for the 30 Below Award at the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor Arts Awards.
The following year, Karrnnel and Juno nominated multi-instrumentalist Daniel Koulack of Winnipeg, Manitoba, released a “Fiddle and Banjo.” That album earned a Western Canadian Folk Music Award nomination and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for “Instrumental Group of the Year” and “Pushing the Boundaries.”
In 2012, Karrnnel and three musical friends formed a new band called The Fretless — a young and innovative band melding the worlds of Celtic, folk and chamber music into a unique sound all their own. Their debut album “Waterbound” was released early that 2012 to critical acclaim and spawned a tour across Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
A sample of his program for this weekend includes: Welcome to the Fiddle PRESENT; Jigs — Now and Then; Waltzes — Time to Dance; Old Time Canadian; Old Time American; Fiddle Around the World; Welcome to the Fiddle PAST; Metis Fiddlin’; Orange Blossom Special; Swing; Red, White, & Bluegrass; Jazz Fiddle; Fiddle Across the Ocean; Welcome to the Fiddle FUTURE.
For details, contact Nancy Rowe at 653-2498, or Bill Vick at 653-2892.