Douglas Richard Sinclair is a Métis citizen and musician with roots to the Red River Settlement. He envisioned a sound that would revive Manitoba Métis fiddle music. Métis fiddle music encompasses the rhythmic spirit of the First Nations peoples blended with Scottish and French fiddle. Sinclair developed his own style of Métis banjo and guitar that drifts between rhythmic and melodic. Long time friend Stephen Dayfoot joined the band on hand drum, spoons, and a variety of percussive instruments that carry the heart beat. Sinclair recruited Pierre Arsenault on fiddle to weave the music together with timeless melodies. In February of 2019, Sinclair founded The Red River Ramblers.
Sinclair arranged eight fiddle tunes and brought the band together to make a record. The band recorded with John Dinsmore at Lincoln County Social Club in Toronto Ontario. The band recorded the eight tunes live off the floor in one day on July 22nd 2019. Sinclair hired Toronto session musician Kurt Nielsen to play upright bass on the record. Jeff Elliot (Fedge) mastered the record. Sinclair released the record titled “Métis Fiddle Music” on Saturday January 4th 2020 at The Local Pub in Toronto, Ontario. The Red River Ramblers embark on their winter tour joined by new band member Nathan Smith on fiddle.