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Genre-Blending Sultans of String to Play Free Show Thursday

Sultans of String

SISTERSVILLE — ArtsLink presents the Sultans of String, three-time JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees and Billboard charting musicians who are set to raise the rafters with their globetrotting tunes at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Tyler Consolidated High School.

This free concert is being presented thanks to funding from the Stealey Community Fund.

The group thrills audiences with its genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, gypsy-jazz, Arabic and Cuban rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Celebrating a milestone 10 years as a band, Sultans of String has seen its music hit no. 1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, no. 6 on Billboard (World Music chart), top 10 on CMJ (World) and received multiple awards and accolades, including first place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), four Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal (for bandleader Chris McKhool), plus invitations to perform/record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, Grammy winners Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Richard Bona (who has played with everyone from Paul Simon to Herbie Hancock).

Funding for this program is made possible with assistance from West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, EQT Foundation and Ohio Valley Online. This program is presented with financial assistance from the W.Va. Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the W.Va. Commission on the Arts.

The Stealey Community Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, Inc. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible.

Any patrons with special needs may contact the office at 304-455-2278 to request assistance.

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