Sultans of String Premiere Video for the Song “Turkish Greensleeves” from Christmas Caravan





Sultans of String premiere a new video for the song “Turkish Greensleeves” featuring Gundem Yayli Grubu from their album Christmas Caravan. See it here:

The Sultans of String are: Chris McKhool · Chendy Leon, Jr. · Eddie Paton · Drew Birston · Kevin Laliberté. The band is set to take their genre-bending mix of songs to venues across Canada and US. See full schedule below for shows for the whole family.

“The world-music group Sultans of String aim for international hybrids on the holiday album Christmas Caravan” – New York Times Christmas Hits List

As we get closer to the holiday season expect to hear songs from the band’s acclaimed album Christmas Caravan. Released in 2017 Christmas Caravan charted at #6 on Billboard’s World Music Chart and delivers musical harmony with its diverse sound. Co-produced by bandleader and violinist Chris McKhool, along with John “Beetle” Bailey who has been nominated by the Canadian Folk Music Awards as producer of the year for the release (results Dec. 8).

“Sultans of String keeps imaginative imperatives in overdrive for the entirety of Christmas Caravan, a generous pitch for global unity through the music of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. These five musicians have jubilantly recharged the classics with arrangements that demand attention” – Downbeat

Sultans of String are 3x JUNO nominees/3x CFMA winning ambassadors of musical diversity. In 2017 they were recognized by the Folk Music Ontario Awards who honored Chris McKhool and Richard Bona with The Songs From the Heart Folk Music from Around the World Award for their song “Sing For Kwanzaa” from Christmas Caravan.

one is hard-pressed to recall anything quite like Christmas Caravan by Canada’s iconic ensemble the Sultans of String” World Music Report

On Christmas Caravan you with find collaborations with 6x Grammy winning Paddy Moloney (The Chieftains), Ruben Blades & Luba Mason (Panamanian 7 Grammy and 5 Latin Grammy Award winner), platinum-selling jazz vocalist Nikki Yanofsky, 2x JUNO/Grammy Winner Alex Cuba, Benoit Bourque of Quebec’s Bottine Souriante (3x JUNOs, 4x Gold, 3x Platinum records), Sweet Honey in the Rock (Grammy winning all-woman, African-American a cappella group), Cameroon’s Richard Bona (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock), Canada’s singer to the stars Rebecca Campbell (Emmylou Harris, Alanis Morissette), singer Mary Fahl from NYC’s October Project, a recording collective of Turkish Roma violinists in Istanbul, Sudanese-Canadian singer Waleed Abdulhamid, Nashville-based JUNO Award winning country singer Crystal Shawanda, sitar virtuoso Anwar Khurshid, and hang drum player David Charrier from France.

See them at the following venues across Canada and the US:

Oct 14 – Bluffton, OH – Bluffton Townhall Concert Series
Oct 18 – Terrebonne, QC Chapelle du Collège Saint-Sacrement / Trio
Oct 19 – Gorham, NH – Medallion Opera House
Oct 20 – Gorham, NH – Medallion Opera House (10 am for young audiences)
Oct 21 – L’Assomption, QC – Theatre Hector-Charland / Quartet
Nov 1 – El Dorado, CA – El Dorado County Community Concerts
Nov 2 – Auburn, CA – Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center (10 am & 1 pm for young audiences)
Nov 2 – Auburn, CA – Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center – evening show
Nov 3 – Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s
Nov 4 – Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s (10:30 am for young audiences)
Nov 22 – Owen Sound ON – Heartwood Hall
Nov 24 – Utopia ON – Utopia Hall
Nov 25 – Kitchener ON – Registry Theatre
Nov 29 – Invermere BC – Pynelogs Cultural Centre-Columbia Valley Arts
Dec 1 and 2 – Cranbrook BC – Symphony of the Kootenays
Dec 3 – Golden BC – Kicking Horse Culture
Dec 4 – Trail BC – Charles Bailey Theatre
Dec 5 – Vancouver BC – Centennial Theatre
Dec 7 – Maple Ridge BC – ACT Arts Centre
Dec 12 – Picton ON – Regent Theatre
Dec 13 – Markham ON – Flato Markham Theatre
Dec 14 – Sudbury ON – Collège Boréal Concert Hall
Dec 15 – Welland ON – Welland-Port Colborne Concert Assn
Dec 16 – London ON – Aeolian Hall
Dec 17 – Lindsay ON – Academy Theatre
Dec 18 – Ottawa ON – NAC Studio Theatre
Dec 19 – Bellows Falls VT – Stone Church Center
Dec 20 – Norfolk CT – Infinity Hall
Dec 21 – Stroudsburg PA – Chester Concerts
Dec 22 – Boston MA – Extended Play Sessions
Dec 23 – Cazenovia NY – Catherine Cummings Theater

Christmas Caravan was produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.  We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

Dana Gordon at Independent Music Media at / #213-864-2690

Sultans of String MOVE CD Release!

“A hard core of five is leading this spectacular Canadian band to award after award.”  The Scotsman

“[Sultans of String’s] latest album seems to be hoovering up Canadian awards and nominations like a Dyson on speed — a joyful melting pot of jazz, flamenco, folk and indeed anything else that takes their fancy.. energetic and exciting world music fest from a band with talent to burn.  This is the sort of band and music that would rip up any festival in the country.”  Maverick Magazine, UK

 “Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!”
Bob Ezrin (Producer–Pink Floyd. Kiss)

“Virtuoso playing… An exuberant and infectious sound… Powerful and moving… The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group!”  Mariposa Folk Festival

“The affection for this group was palpable as the band alternated between sincere tributes to whales, Sable Island horses and Mayan ruins, meditative rumba flamenco and smokin’ East Coast kitchen parties… fiery solos … precise and melodic phrases.”  WholeNote Magazine


WHO:                   Sultans of String MOVE CD Release!
                        Featuring special guests Ken Whiteley, Ernie Tollar, Jordan
Klapman, Pabloski Rosales, the Cuban Trumpet Ensemble,
and more!
WHEN:                 Saturday, October 29, 8pm (doors: 7pm)
WHERE:               Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St., West, Toronto
TIX/INFO:         Small World Music $15 adv/$20 door / free for high school students w/valid ID –

MEDIA                  Lisa Weitz,  LW Communications
416-624-3466 (office)  416-846-6877 (cell)

Raucous roots super-group, Sultans of String, showcase their spicy new CD, MOVE, at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre on Saturday, October 29th!

Seamlessly traversing diverse themes of heart, place and tradition, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Since their formation only 4 years ago, Sultans of String have been riding a wave of success, from their debut CD, “Luna”, and 2nd offering, “Yalla Yalla”, both hitting # 1 on world/international music charts in Canada, to their triple Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year.

In the past year alone, they’ve acquired a JUNO nomination, representation from acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Jesse Cook), and booking representation in the US, UK and Australia.  They also garnered a 2010 CMW Indies nomination, took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries) and placed as finalists for two 2011 International Independent Music Awards. To boot, they just released their new CD, MOVE, which they’ll be showcasing on the tour… exciting times for the band!

“Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” include 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (Pavlo), guitar czar Kevin Laliberté (Jesse Cook, guested on tour with The Chieftains), bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), and the jaw dropping talent of Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon (Alex Cuba, Parachute Club)!

“Canada is a real meeting places of styles and musical influences from around the world” says bandleader/ fiddler McKhool.  “At the same time, as a band we try to tell uniquely Canadian stories, putting forth our vision of the world as one family.”

Thanks to Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR for their support in recording the CD, as well as OAC for composition support.  Also thanks to supporters Long & McQuade, MMS, Imperial Graphics, and Prologue to the Performing Arts


• 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist – Instrumental
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Album – Yalla Yalla!
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist –  World Beat Album – Yalla Yalla!
•  2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist-  “Auyuittuq Sunrise” (Instrumental)
•  2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist-  “Gardens Of Lebanon” (World Music)
•  2010 JUNO Nominees – “Instrumental Album of the Year”
• 2010 International Songwriting Contest 1st Place Winners – Instrumental
• 2010 Performer at JUNOFest
•  2010 Indie Awards Nominees – Favorite World Artist/Group
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award winner – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees – Ensemble of the Year
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees – Pushing The Boundaries
•  2009 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Best Toronto World CD
•  2009 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Artist of the Year
•  2009 CTV National Feature – “Canada AM”
•  2008 CBC National Feature – “Canada Live”
•  2008 International Songwriting Competition winner – Instrumental
•  2008 Festivals and Events Ontario- Best Variety Act
•  2008 International Independent Music Awards Finalists – Best World Fusion Song
•  2008 Canadian Independent Music Awards Finalists- Favorite World Music Band
•  2007 Musique du Monde Award
•  2007 Debut CD, “Luna” hit #1 on national radio charts – “International”/”World”
•  2007 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees (Instrumental Group of the Year)
•  2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Song
•  2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Instrumental
•  2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Best Latin Jazz Group
•  2007 Toronto Independent Music Award nominees – World Music Category


BOOKING:  Lisa Weitz
PUBLICITY:  LW Communications
416-624-3466 (office)
416-846-6877 (cell)

BOOKING  U.K. (2012):  Loudon Temple, Brookfield Knights Agency,

BOOKING U.S.A.:  Brad Simon Agency, New York,

BOOKING AUSTRALIA (2013): Abby Edwards, Onya Soapbox
61-03 9349 5726 (office)
61-0417 808 107 (cell)


10/29/11 Toronto CD Release, Trinity St Paul’s, ON
11/2/11 House of Jazz, Montreal, QC
11/3/11 Scullers Jazz Club, Boston MA
11/4/11 Nelson Odeon, Cazenovia, NY
11/5/11 Oswego Music Hall, NY
11/6/11 Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
11/7/11 SiruisXM live taping, Washington DC
11/8/11 The Living Room, New York, NYC
11/9/11 Turning Point Cafe, Peirmont, NY,
11/10/11 6-7 PM Birdland Jazz Club, NYC
11/11/11 Tillotson Centre, Colebrook, NH,
11/12/11 Unity Centre, Unity, ME
11/13/11 Skye Theatre, Carthage, ME
11/14/11 Franco-American Centre, Manchester NH
11/19/11 Shaw Festival, Niagara on the Lake, ON
12/17/11 With Scarborough Bluffs Symphony, ON

1/6/12 The Psalm Salon, Philad. PA
1/7/12 APAP Showcase NYC
1/25/12 South Holland Centre, Lincolnshire, UK
1/27/12 Celtic Connections Festival, Scotland, UK
2/4/12 Welland-Port Colborne, ON,
2/5/12 The Cellar, Vancouver, BC
2/6/12 Creekside Theatre, Lake Country, BC
2/7/12 Charles Bailey Theatre, Trail, BC
2/9/12 Ironwood, Calgary, AB
2/10/12 Festival Place, Sherwood Park, AB
2/11/12 LethbridgeFolkClub, AB
2/12/12 Bassment Jazz Society, Saskatoon, SK
2/15/12 EA Rawlinson, Prince Albert SK,
2/16/11 McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, MB
2/17/12 Watson Arts Centre, Dauphin, MB
2/18/12 William Glesby Centre, Portage, MB
2/25/12 Victoria Jubilee Hall, Walkerton, ON
4/25/12 Brantford Jazz Festival, ON
5/3/12 Oakville Centre, ON
5/5-6/12 Performing w Windsor Symphony, ON
5/12/12 Spirit of Rasputin’s, Ottawa, ON