Canada’s fiddling sensation Karrnnel Sawitsky releases his latest New York City vibe single 101

Toronto – November 2, 2012
KarrnnelCanada’s multi-award winning fiddling sensation Karrnnel Sawitsky has just released his latest single titled 101. With a different take on the typical fiddle sound, 101 has a New York City feel – big city, modern, musically and stylistically diverse and of course, full of groove.

A spur of the moment decision led to shooting the video in New York City before the song even existed. Working on a tight deadline, 101 features the collective musical ideas from a variety of Karrnnel’s favourite people and musicians. 101 is a precursor for his solo album due out in 2013.

Karrnnel Sawitsky and his band The Fretless recently performed an official showcase at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre in Mississauga (6750 Mississauga Rd.) on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, 2012 for the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference. Attending the conference are agents, managers, buyers and artistic directors of music festivals.

In addition, The Fretless have been nominated for three 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Instrumental Group of the Year, Ensemble of the Year, and Pushing the Boundaries. The awards will take place November 15-17, 2012 at the Imperial Theatre in St. John, New Brunswick.

Karrnnel is one of four members in The Fretless who recently won Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards. Having only been together for one year, The Fretless have already played music festivals across Canada, toured through the United States, and have an upcoming five-week tour in Germany, Switzerland and Holland. The Fretless released their debut album, featuring a track by Juno Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Ruth Moody, in early 2012, receiving rave reviews across Canada and are currently working on their latest album set for release in 2013.

Having established himself as one of the country’s most dynamic and original fiddler players, Karrnnel Sawitsky’s talent has been recognized nationally and internationally with numerous award nominations; this includes nominations at the 2012 Independent Music Awards, the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards, a double nomination at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards, and the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee for Instrumental Solo Artist of the year. Karrnnel recently won People’s Choice for Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2012 Independent Music Awards.

In 2010, Karrnnel alongside Juno nominated multi-instrumentalist Daniel Koulack, released ‘Fiddle and Banjo’ an album garnering one Western Canadian Folk Music Award nomination and two Canadian Folk Music Award Nominations for Instrumental Group of the Year and Pushing the Boundaries. Karrnnel released his extremely well received debut self-titled solo recording in February 2009; the album features 100 percent original music showcasing the diversity of the music he plays and writes.

Consistently amazing audiences with his music and passion, Karrnnel Sawitsky is increasingly in demand for solo appearances, recording sessions and concerts. As a spirited performer and composer, Karrnnel’s music draws from the various styles he plays – Canadian Old Time to Métis, Ukrainian to Scottish, Bluegrass to Jazz, and everything between.

Karrnnel recently won the 30 Below Award at the 2012 Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor Arts Awards held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on September 18, 2012. This award recognizes young artists who have earned significant recognition in their artistic career and show exceptional promise.

The youngest of three siblings, Karrnnel Sawitsky began playing the fiddle when he was just four years old. With his father playing the accordion, he grew up performing in a family band touring Canada and the United States.

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