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download (1)He plays violin like a knowing child: playfully, impulsively and hyperactively, and yet with an improbable, idiosyncratic virtuosity that has been set alight by his wide-ranging listening and studying. … while his singing is infused with the same knowingness, whether whispered, loud, crooned or seething with humour. – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald


What do Indian raga, bluegrass, klezmer and Mongolian throat singing have in common?  Nothing.  And maybe that’s exactly what Canadian fiddle virtuoso Jaron Freeman-Fox had in mind when naming his band, The Opposite of Everything. Or maybe his tongue was firmly planted in cheek when recording his second release that vehemently refuses to allow itself to be defined or pigeonholed. There’s a smattering of all the above and more, all filtered through a punk attitude and a deliciously dark sensibility…

-4 stars –  Songlines Magazine (UK)



“Willfully eclectic and archly eccentric virtuoso Canadian fiddler, band and host of musos deliver clattering great world-jazz victory parade of a record with celtic and bluegrass roots. Guaranteed to enrapture…” –fRoots (January 2014 issue #367)


“…they can really get out there and party down, like a fiddling Frank Zappa or Sun Ra and his Arkestra, changing pace and styles on a dime but always with consummate musicality… As a live band, they seem like they’d be well-nigh unstoppable.”  – Penguin Eggs  (summer 2013 issue 58)


“Extraordinary album….“3.5 out of 4 Stars” – – Peter Goddard, Toronto Star


“This is a suite of tunes where great technique, virtuosic playing, and a sense of excitement and unexpectedness abound. ”  – 9 out of 10 – Donna Lowe – Shapenote Music


“The hyper-kinetic Jaron Freeman-Fox is the Jimi Hendrix of the violin. With the chops of a classical virtuoso and the soul of a wild-eyed punk, he plays world music in the truest sense of the word, leaping from Gypsy to Klezmer to Celtic to Country without skipping a beat.” – The Ottawa International Jazz Festival


“Hard to describe, impossible to categorise, but essential for anyone with a taste for the weird or fanciful in fiddle music.”  Alex Monaghan – FolkWorld.eu


“The late, great boundary-pushing violinist Oliver Schroer is no longer with us. Ashley MacIsaac went right off his rocker long ago. And so here comes s–t-hot fiddle fiend Freeman-Fox (who indeed was mentored by Schroer) to extract smoke from his bow while tearing through genres from Yiddish, Irish, Acadian, Roma and ragtime to anything else he finds in his travels, including various shades of jazz and prog rock — and even some Mongolian throat singing for good measure.

Freeman-Fox might well be just another astonishingly gifted madman were it not for the sympathetic players he surrounds himself with… Without them, Freeman-Fox might come across as a brilliant dilettante; together, they can slay any band, anywhere, anytime.”  –  The Record, Waterloo


 “…you might expect his music to be pretty adventurous — which it most certainly is… you’ll hear growling that would make Tom Waits proud, a version of the Doors’ “People Are Strange” that makes Jim Morrison sound boring and even some throat singing. Freeman-Fox’s musical exploration has literally taken him all over the world and he finds inspiration everywhere he goes.”- Reuben Maan – CBC Music


 cropped-blender-header-tester“Never in my life have I heard a fiddle played with such an incredible amount of skill and expression. His flawless playing will make you want to dance, it will put you into a deep trance, it might even make you feel like splitting at the seams.”


“Flat out fun throughout all 13 songs here. They would be an absolute trip live, and this record will have you hoping for that day. Give it a listen, you won’t hear anything quite like it again for a long time if ever. ”  – David Hintz, FolkWorld.eu


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“..a delicate, slow balance of East and West.[…] a love song to the violin” – Sarah Greene, NOW Magazine

 


 

“As soon as The Opposite of Everything hits the stage, the groove is irresistible and young and old dance in front of the stage”