Celebrate the season with an adventurous musical trip around the world! 3x JUNO Award nominees Sultans of String deliver an exuberant performance featuring band originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night.
From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, this surprising and delightful holiday fiesta heats up when these 3x Canadian Folk Music Award winners bring their signature sound to well known gems such as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, The Huron Carol (with newly-translated Indigenous lyrics), a djembe-driven Little Drummer Boy, a Turkish twist on Greensleeves, as well as a Gypsy-jazz inspired Django Christmas, and a Rumba Flamenca-fuelled Jingle Bells.
Sultans of String are joined on stage by shimmering chanteuse Rebecca Campbell (Jane Siberry, Parachute Club, Lynn Miles) and special guest Indigenous Elder Shannon Thunderbird.
Rebecca Campbell is an acclaimed and prolific singer who also serves up percussion, Stella guitar, melodica, and harmonica. Bred in the Maritimes and Ottawa, educated in Montreal, and now based in Toronto, Rebecca has performed with Jane Siberry, Lynn Miles, Porkbelly Futures, Parachute Club, Royal Ottawa, Ian Tamblyn, among countless others. Her gorgeous voice has graced both the big and small screen, and on over 120 recordings.
Shannon Thunderbird is proudly descended from the northern British Columbia Coast Tsimshian People: Gilut'sau Band of the Royal House of Niis'gumiik, Gispudwada (Orca) Clan. She is an artist/educator, professional singer/songwriter, recording artist (“May Your Spirit Be Strong”, “Wind Centre”), actor and author. She is also a well-known speaker/storyteller-- her fireside talks and original music opens the minds and hearts of audiences to the power, importance and majesty of Canada's First People.
The band’s companion Christmas Caravan CD which hit Billboard’s World Music charts (#6) and The New York Times Hits list, features such luminaries as Campbell, as well as The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney, platinum vocalist Nikki Yanofsky, JUNO winners Alex Cuba, Benoit Bourque of Bottine Souriante, Grammy winners Sweet Honey in The Rock, Richard Bona (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock), Ruben Blades, a Turkish orchestra and more!