SULTANS OF STRING earn nod for World Group of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards

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September 21, 2016

Canada’s genre bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING earn nod for World Group of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards for their feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas, SUBCONTINENTAL DRIFT

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[Toronto, ON]  Canada’s genre bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING earn a nod for World Group of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards press event in Toronto today for their feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas, Subcontinental Drift, featuring special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar winning Life of Pi).

“We are honoured to receive this nomination from the CFMAs for our new album! We could not have made this recording without the support of the whole Canadian roots community, and our special collaboration with Anwar”, states bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool. He adds, “there is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East.”

Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a genre-hopping passport. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.

“Together we started writing songs about the freedom and equality we experience living here in Canada, and our hope of creating a better world. I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal journeys towards finding a world peace.”

The nomination comes on the heels of a whirlwind summer UK Subcontinental Drift tour including a special Canada Day appearance organized by the High Commission at London’s Trafalgar Square. The album hit #1 in Canada on Earshot’s international/world charts, and the top 10 on CMJ in the U.S. It also got picked up there (CEN/SONY) and in Europe (Proper) for distribution.

Sultans of String, Bruce Cockburn, The Ennis Sisters, Colin Linden, Klô Pelgag, and Red Moon Road will be the feature performers at the Awards Gala on December 3rd at Toronto’s Isabel Bader Theatre.

The band has a non-stop Fall/Winter CD Release tour in Canada and the United States, and will make their debut in The Netherlands this summer.

STREAM:
https://soundcloud.com/sultansofstring/sets/subcontinental-drift

VIDEOS:
“Rakes of Mallow” (Raucous Indo-Celtic mash-up!)
https://youtu.be/1oBkM_zpd-M

“Enter The Gate” (Roots Country meets South Asia in this high energy fusion foot tapper)
https://youtu.be/y8mKJL4SvpQ

“Blowin’ In The Wind”
(Bollywood meets Bob in this Dylan classic)
https://youtu.be/2CfQOrdOB3U

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“Sensational. Loved it.” ~ Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)

“The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group.” ~ Mariposa Folk Festival

“Sultans of String are so extraordinary and put on a sensational show—one of my favorite bands on the planet!” ~ Todd Barkan, Lincoln Center, NY

“You get the feeling this is Strunz & Farah or Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… a sure bet to notch a JUNO and any other award winning hardware to come its way.” ~ Midwest Record, Chicago

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From Ragas to Riches…Canada’s SULTANS OF STRING release Subcontinental Drift w/ Sitar Master ANWAR KHURSHID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 18, 2015 

Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid

From Ragas to Riches… Canada’s SULTANS OF STRING
release Subcontinental Drift w/ Sitar Master ANWAR KHURSHID

2015 JUNO Award Nominees
2014 SiriusXM Independent Music Awards Winner
2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for bandleader McKhool
2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards Winner

Canada Release: Sept 25 Fontana North
Sept 4 iTunes Pre-release
USA Release: January CEN (Sony/RED)

[Toronto, Canada]  2015 JUNO Award Nominees and 2014 SiriusXM Award Winners Sultans of String, are serving up a smorgasbord of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas on their new release, Subcontinental Drift, with sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar winning Life of Pi, Love Guru), at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, Oct 30 (8pm).

Known for spotlighting treasured special guests from around the world, including The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney and David Bromberg, Sultans of String are particularly excited about this east-meets-west offering. “There is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East”, says bandleader/ fiddler Chris McKhool.

Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a global sound-tapestry. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.
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”, actually traces Anwar’s journey from Pakistan to Canada and finding his new home here.

“He’s become a great musical and personal friend.says McKhool, whose name would have been spelled Makhoul in Kfarmishki, Lebanon, where his ancestors emigrated from. “Together we started writing songs about the freedom and equality we experience living here in Canada, about finding ourselves, and our hope of creating a better world. And I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal journeys towards finding a world peace.”

Perhaps one song above all on the album highlights the universality of music. “Anwar and I discovered that we knew a tune in common with different names. There’s an ancient Irish fiddle tune called “Rakes of Mallow“. It also made its way to England and when the English were ruling India, I guess the English and the local Indian musicians were playing and learning from each other musically. I knew it on the fiddle and Anwar knew it slightly differently on the sitar. In India they have been calling it “Band Sargham” and our two interpretations of the tune totally matched and locked in together”.

Adds Khurshid, “there is this musical connection between us, but what I noticed the first time I came here and played with you guys, was this wonderful humanity and generosity… such a nice welcome you had for me. It was really soul-enhancing.”

Sultans of String are touring non-stop in 2015 and 2016 in support of Subcontinental Drift.

“The blending expands the potential reach of the group…while offering a wonderful experience for this travelling band of merry music-making men to cross their music with yet another genre.” ~ Toronto Star

“You get the feeling this is Strunz & Farah or Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… a sure bet to notch a JUNO and any other award winning hardware to come its way.“ ~ Midwest Record, Chicago

“Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” ~ Maverick Magazine UK 

WHEN: Friday, Oct 30, 8pm

WHERE: 
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor W, Toronto

TIX: $20 / $5 high school, http://sultans-of-string2015.eventbrite.com

CTV Canada AM VIDEO

http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=706400


EPK  VIDEO:
 The Subcontinental Drift Story

Sept 11 — Showcasing at Arts Midwest conference, Kansas City, Missouri
Sept 12 — Opera House at Boothbay Harbour, Maine
Sept 13 — The Grand, Ellsworth, Maine
Sept 19 – Brantford Jazz Festival, Brantford ON
Sept 19 — The Registry Theatre, Kitchener ON, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Sept 26 — Branches and Roots Festival, Ormstown QC
Oct 1 — Nineteen on the Park, Lebovic Centre, Stouffville ON, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Oct 2 — Capitol Theatre, Port Hope ON, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Oct 15 — Agora des Arts, Rouyn-Noranda QC
Oct 17 –  North Bay Symphony, North Bay, ON
Oct 23-24-25 — Showcasing at Alberta Contact, Shell Theatre, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Oct 27/28 — Education shows w Anwar Khurshid for students, Flato Markham Theatre, Markham ON
Oct 30 — Trinity St Paul’s Centre, Toronto, ON, CD release w/sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Nov 7 — Aeolian Hall, London, ON, CD release featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Nov 13 — Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga ON, CD release w/ sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Nov 14 — Official Showcase -NERFA North American Folk Alliance, NY w/ sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Nov 19 — Ironwood, Calgary, AB
Nov 20 — Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Centre, Camrose, AB
Nov 21 — Shell Theatre, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Nov 22 — Shell Theatre young audience show, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Nov 22 — Maclab Centre, Leduc AB
Dec 12 — Christmas Fiesta! Symphony show w/ Cathedral Bluffs Symphony, PC HO Theatre, Toronto

2016

Jan 24 — Performing Arts Lakefield, Lakefield, ON
Feb 5 —  Nelson Odeon, CD Release,, Nelson NY, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Feb 6 — Oswego Music Hall, CD Release, Oswego NY, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Feb 28 — Claude Parlour Music, CD Release, Caledon ON featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
April 1 — Pawling Concert Series, Pawling NY
April 3 — Tin Pan, Richmond VA
April 8 — Student show, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington ON
April 8 — Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington ON
April 23 — with Sault Ste. Marie Symphony, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
April 24 — with Sault Ste. Marie Symphony, Elliot Lake, ON
April 29 — Largo Cultural Center, Florida
April 30 — South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay, Florida
May 1 — Cafe Moka, Tavernier, Florida
May 13 — NAC National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, CD Release featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Aug 6 — Barrie Rhythmfest
Aug 7 — Music at Fieldcote, Ancaster ON, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid 

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