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Creaking Tree String Quartet

Creaking Tree String Quartet

String-band music has long been a staple of Americana. While the four members of the Creaking Tree String Quartet pay homage to that tradi- tion, they refuse to be bound by it.

Instead, the technically dazzling outfit uses fingerboards to leap stylistic boundaries and fuse intricate styles. The result is a smartly intellectual and yet deeply moving sound that's a true Canadian original: jazz forms sliding over a rootsy bluegrass base, with flashes of chamber music, reverence and avant-garde experimentation.

It's the product of four adept and accomplished musicians, dedicated to performing unique and exciting material that raises the bar for instru- mental acoustic music.

Mandolinist Andrew Collins, guitarist Brad Keller, bassist Brian Kobayakawa, and violinist John Showman earned a Juno Award nomina- tion for their 2003 debut CD. Their 2005 follow-up "Side Two" won the Pushing The Boundaries trophy at the 2005 Canadian Folk Music Awards, was named Instrumental Album of the Year at the Indie Acoustic Project Awards, and "Old Crow" won Song of the Year at the International Acoustic Music Awards. The group's third album, "The Soundtrack," was produced by Grammy winner and Nashville veteran Bil VornDick, and is their finest work to date. It was nominated for the 2009 Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year, and won two Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Pre-production is underway for the group's fourth album, which will be released in 2010.


The Love Music Festival artists are: Jonny Axelsson (Sweden) | Pascal Ayerbe (France) | Creaking Tree String Quartet (Canada) | Eva Quartet (Bulgaria) | Huun Huur Tu (Tuva) | Kolektif Istanbul (Turkey) | Kora Master (West Africa) | Oren Marshall & The Charming Transport Band (UK) | The Petebox (UK) | Sväng (Finland).

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events in 2010 with Creaking Tree String Quartet
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9Tue10.00 amBanchoryLove Music Festival