A Christmas concert with a global twist

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A show from an award-winning, decade-old Canadian world music group is coming to the Rawlinson, just in time for Christmas.

The Sultans of String are on the road performing their Christmas Caravan tour, and they’re stopping by on Dec. 22.The sultans are a five-piece string-ensemble, with four string players and a percussionist. For this Christmas tour, they also teamed up with Rebecca Campbell, a singer who has performed with just about every great Canadian artist.

According to violinist and Sultan of String Chris McKhool, attendees can expect an upbeat Christmas show with a twist.

“We’re bringing the energy and drive of the world music rhythms we love to play to the Christmas music people love to hear and sometimes sing,” he said.

“We’re treating these songs with everything from Flamenco from Spain, to Arabic rhythms, Gypsy jazz rhythms from Eastern Europe, East Coast Celtic, Cuban Rhythms and pretty much everything in between.”

McKhool said it’s hard to fit the Sultans of String into one genre, which is why they refer to themselves as a world music group.

“It does have that chamber music quality to it, but this is a pretty rockin’ show,” McKhool said.

The show will take place Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. For more on this story, please see the Dec. 8 print or e-edition of the Daily Herald