Douglas Richard Sinclair is a citizen of the Métis Nation and musician with roots to Red River. He envisioned a sound that would revive Métis fiddle music. The Métis fiddlers of Manitoba developed their own unique style of music. The music encompasses the rhythmic spirit of First Nations blended with Scottish and French fiddle. Sinclair developed his own style of Métis guitar that drifts between rhythmic and melodic. Longtime friend Stephen Dayfoot joined the band on hand drum, spoons, and shaker to carry the heart beat. Pierre Arsenault weaves the timeless melodies with his fiddle. 

 

In February of 2019, Sinclair founded The Red River Ramblers. Sinclair arranged eight fiddle tunes 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. Shortly after making the record, fiddler Pierre Arsenault left the band. Sinclair contacted Toronto based old-time musician Kristine Schmitt to connect with new fiddlers. Sinclair got in touch with Nathan Smith of The Barrel Boys. After a joyful jam session, Nathan Smith joined the band on fiddle for their winter tour.

 

The Red River Ramblers embarked on their winter record release tour in January 2020. The band released the record titled “Métis Fiddle Music” on Saturday January 4th 2020 to a full house at The Local Pub in Toronto, Ontario. Highlights of the record release shows included Guelph Banjo Fest, and the Midland Cultural Centre. 

 

Sinclair started work on a new record in the summer of 2021. The new record will feature all original fiddle tunes. The band will release the new record in February 2022. 

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