Three-time JUNO nominees and three-time Canadian Folk Music Award recipients Sultans of String will release their new CD, Sanctuary, at St. Andrew’s United Church Saturdays at 7 concert on Nov. 6 at 7 pm.
The Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their genre-hopping program of Celtic reels, Django-jazz, Arabic and Cuban rhythms and fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar. They create layers and depth of sound while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.
This special concert will feature string player Saskia Tomkins. The audience will enjoy her unusual instrument called a nyckelharpa, a Swedish 16-string keyed fiddle that uses sympathetic strings that resonate when the four main strings are played.
Sultans of String have been criss-crossing Canada, the U.S. and Britain for the last several years at many forums such as JUNOfest, New York City’s legendary Birdland, the Lincoln Center, and London’s Trafalgar Square. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall), and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Stratford and Niagara Symphony Orchestras, as well with Kingsfield POPS in Maine and Maryland’s Annapolis Symphony.
Celebrating 15 years together, Sultans of String’s music has received multiple awards and accolades, including a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for bandleader Chris McKhool.
Sanctuary is the eighth album from the Sultans of String who bring their unique brand of musical synergy and collaboration to bear on 11 songs that speak to the challenges facing the world’s displaced peoples – their stories, their songs, their persistence and their humanity.
Seating is limited and will be dependent on current public health guidelines for attendance in person, including proof of full vaccination, masks and social distancing. Those who wish to attend in person should pick up a ticket to reserve a spot. Tickets are also available at the door.
The concert can also be viewed on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/standrews. Donations (suggested $15) will be gratefully accepted to support St. Andrew’s music program.
For further information contact St. Andrew’s United Church at 519-352-0010 or visit www.standrewschatham.org/music.