Sultans of String

Sultans of StringThe CU Folk and Roots Festival is thrilled to present Toronto-based Sultans of String, who will bring their own special blend of Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz to the Iron Post on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Catch them live on WILL-FM, “Live and Local” the same day at 4:00pm.

Opening for the Sultans of String will be the eclectic, ever entertaining, and C-U favorite, Bones, Jugs ‘n Harmony.

Juno (Canada’s Grammy) nominees and raucous roots string wizards, Sultans of String, are touring widely in support of their 3RD and aptly-titled CD, MOVE. Known for dizzying roots music jams, polyrhythms and revved up riffs, Sultans of String can’t be pinned down — it’s Sable Island meets the Silk Road, with detours through the Gypsy-Jazz coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, next an East Coast Kitchen Party, then over to the streets of Havana.

Seamlessly traversing diverse themes of heart, place and tradition, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Kicking things off as a dynamic duo playing tiny cafes in 2007, this fiercely talented and hardworking indie act has been on a meteoric rise, with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow, and now, invitations to play the world stage and with such legendary artists as The Chieftains (whose very own Paddy Moloney appears on the Sultans’ new and ultimate world-classical crossover CD, “Symphony” (Sony).

Their music hit # 1 on world/international music charts in Canada, earned 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Festivals and Events Ontario “Entertainer of the Year” Award, and 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries).

“Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn… the very epitome of world music: no boundaries, no rules… the sort of band and music that would rip up any festival in the country!”
– Maverick Music Magazine, UK  

2012 Canadian Folk Music Award quadruple nominee – Instrumental Group of the Year, World Group of the Year, and Pushing The Boundaries.

“Thrill of improvising makes Sultans a thrill to experience… gripping suspense for
both the audience and the musicians… Superb!”
– Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

$10 at the door