World music’s Sultans of String in Camden

Oct 03, 2017
Sultans of String

Camden — The Juno-nominated, SiriusXM Award-winning Sultans of String will serve up musical stew of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic and Cuban rhythms Friday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.

Touring non-stop in support of latest CD “Subcontinental Drift” — up for World Music Album of the Year — Sultans of String are raising the rafters on its 10th anniversary celebration tour. Also on hand will be advance copies of the new, festive “Christmas Caravan.”

Fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves during a Sultans of String performance. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

The band is led by Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal winner and five-string violinist Chris McKhool, who was raised in a Lebanese-Egyptian household bursting with music and diversity. His bold and fiery fiddle is at the core of the band’s sound, melding seamlessly with founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s rumba rhythm; the two are a strong composing and arranging team, as well. Bass master Drew Birston adds to this rich foundation, which has been crisscrossing North America for the last several years.

The box office will open 6:30 p.m., and the auditorium doors open for seating at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $18 in advance and will be $22 at the door. Fireside Restaurant and Lounge concessions include gourmet wood-fired pizza, craft beer and fine wine beginning at 6:30 p.m. and through intermission.

For advance tickets, call 536-5850 or visit; or, for no fee, at the Camden Town Office weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Upcoming at the Camden Opera House is the annual PopTech conference (; and a concert by Jonathan Edwards on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. ($25).

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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