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Tour Dates

09/19/2019ArtsLink / Middlebourne, WV
09/28/2019Festival of Small Halls / Brockville, Canada
09/29/2019Burlington Performing Arts Centre / Burlington, Canada
09/30/2019Burlington Performing Arts Centre / Burlington, Canada
10/11/2019FAR West Conference / Los Angeles, CA
10/12/2019Museum of Music Making / Carlsbad, CA
10/13/2019McCabes Concerts / Santa Monica, CA
11/01/2019Struthers Library Theatre / Warren, PA
11/02/2019Chester Concerts / Stroudsburg, PA
11/04/2019ArtsMarket Official Showcase / Durham, NC
11/08/2019OMEA Showcase / Toronto, Canada
11/23/2019Fergus Grand Theatre / Fergus, Canada
11/28/2019Banff Centre for the Arts / Banff, Canada
11/29/2019Fish Creek Concerts / Calgary, Canada
11/30/2019Festival Place / Sherwood Park, AB
12/01/2019Beneath The Arch Concerts / Turner Valley, AB
12/05/2019Wolf Performance Hall / London, Canada
12/06/2019Live Wire Music / Kingston, Canada
12/07/2019Oswego Music Hall / Oswego, NY
12/08/2019Concert Hall at Victoria Hall / Cobourg, Canada
12/12/2019Empire Theatre / Belleville, Canada
12/13/2019Sanderson Centre / Brantford, Canada
12/14/2019Oakville Performing Arts Centre / Oakville, Canada
12/15/2019Kingston Road Village Concert Series / Toronto, Canada
12/19/2019Shenkman Arts Centre / Ottawa, Canada
12/20/2019Nelson Odeon / Nelson, NY
12/21/2019Caffe Lena / Saratoga Springs, NY
02/08/2020Living Arts Center / Mississauga, Canada
02/22/2020Just Passing Through Concert Series / Richards Landing, Canada
02/28/2020Dryden Cultural Centre / Dryden, Canada
03/07/2020Classic Theatre / Cobalt, Canada
03/19/2020Mesaba Concert / Ely, MN
03/20/2020Thief River Falls Concerts / Thief River Falls, MN
03/21/2020Central Square Cultural Center / Glenwood, MN
03/22/2020Estebo Performing Arts Center / Redwood Falls, MN
03/24/2020Historic Dixon Theater / Dixon, IL
03/27/2020Brown Grand Theatre / Concordia, KS
03/28/2020Pratt Community Concerts / Pratt, KS
03/29/2020Southwest Colorado Concerts / Lamar, CO
03/30/2020Nantkes Performing Arts Center / Columbus, NE
03/31/2020Rushmore Plaza CivicCenter / Rapid City, SD
04/02/2020Washoe Theatre / Anaconda, MT
04/02/2020Washoe Theatre / Anaconda, MT
04/21/2020Burlington Memorial Auditorium / Burlington, IA
05/02/2020Gravenhurst Opera House / Gravenhurst, Canada

Sultans Of String: Bio

3x JUNO nominees and SiriusXM winners Sultans of String create "Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!" (Maverick Magazine UK). Thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, Sultans of String celebrate musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.

Since forming 10 years ago, Sultans of String's CDs have hit #1 across Canada on Top Ten national radio charts, and have received multiple awards and accolades, including 3 JUNO (Canada's Grammy) nominations, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus special guest recordings and sharing the stage with artists such as Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Richard Bona, Benoit Bourque (Bottine Souriante), Nikki Yanofsky, Alex Cuba, Ruben Blades, Crystal Shawanda, and Ken Whiteley.

With their 5th album, Subcontinental Drift, they served up a blend of ragas, reels and rumbas with special guest, sitar master Anwar Khurshid (featured in the Oscar winning Life of Pi, Kama Sutra, and Love Guru). Sultans of String are particularly excited about this east-meets-west project with Khurshid. "There is something magical about joining the world music rhythms we play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East", says bandleader and violinist Chris McKhool. Indeed, while the album treks across all kinds of musical terrain, the fertile soil beneath each track is fed by hope unhindered and freedom found. "One of the songs we wrote together, "Journey to Freedom", beautifully traces Anwar's journey from Pakistan to Canada, finding his new home here.

With their 6th album, Christmas Caravan, Sultans of String have expanded the traditional notion of Christmas music, injecting it with new-found energy and non-traditional sounds. Recorded and co-produced with JUNO Award winning engineer John ‘ Beetle' Bailey, this isn't your typical holiday album. You may recognize a few titles, but you've never experienced seasonal music quite like this before. "We wanted to make a real contribution to the Christmas repertoire, and hopefully create some new standards" says McKhool. "This is a seasonal album, but approached from the perspective of a world-music band. We explored diverse genres, from Quebecois fiddle tunes to collaborating with a traditional Turkish string ensemble, and jump around from the classic sounds of the Andrews Sisters, to a Himalayan sleigh ride, African roots music, Gypsy-jazz, rumba flamenco, ska, and the grandeur of the symphony." Christmas Caravan hit #6 on BILLBOARD World Music charts in the first week of its release.

McKhool (who has performed with Jesse Cook and Pavlo), was awarded a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in creating community through music. He grew up in a Lebanese-Egyptian (Makhoul) house bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, he was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons.

When McKhool first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté's (Jesse Cook) rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultans of String's signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar. From this rich foundation, the dynamic duo grew, featuring such amazing musical friends as bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), jaw-dropping Cuban percussionist Rosendo Chendy Leon (Alex Cuba, Parachute Club), guitarist Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels), as well as special guests such as The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney, Anwar Khurshid, oud player Bassam Bishara, and more!

The band's US manager and acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez) states, "Over the decades, I've worked with numerous top ten and #1 Billboard artists. In all that time, I have not worked with composers more talented than Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberté from Sultans of String. Not only are they a superb writing team, they are also amazing arrangers & musicians. Adding the virtuosic talent of Anwar Khurshid adds to their truly global and mesmerizing sound!"

Sultans of String have been criss-crossing North America for the last several years. Equally at home in a concert series, folk or jazz club, or festival setting, they have been featured at many taste-making forums such as JUNOFest, legendary jazz club Birdland in NYC, the renowned Celtic Connections Festival in the UK, and California's hip music scene, including the San Jose Jazz Festival. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto's Carnegie Hall), and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Stratford, Ontario and Niagara Symphony Orchestras, as well with Kingsfield POPS in Maine. Sultans of String also perform for Youth, and perform Pops, Christmas and Family/Education shows with symphonies. Sultans of String were recently filmed by MPBN's Maine Arts! in a feature concert, and performed live on BBC TV, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.

1 Heart Of Gold
Heart Of Gold - Live
O Canada - Sultans of String

Sultans of String releases Heart of Gold (Live) By NEIL YOUNG (Silver Fiddle Music) on Nov. 12, on Neil Young's Birthday!! This song has a lot of meaning to SOS leader Chris McKhool. He grew up in a classic music loving house. His mother was a piano teacher and all the kids from the neighbourhood would come to their living room for lesson. McKhool's first instrument was classical violin, which was amazing for ear training. He was even in a string orchestra called the National Capital String Academy, and loved it. But by the time he was a teenager, violin was kind of a square instrument, and when he got to high school he had learned enough about music already that he could teach himself how to play guitar and bought his first steel string guitar from Steve's Music in Ottawa where he grew up. A plywood model by Yamaha. Heart of Gold by Neil Young was the very first song he learned on it.