New England Celtic Arts and The Kingfield POPS join forces to present Juno-nominated Sultans of String at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in South Carthage on Wednesday, July 2, and at Mountain Village Farm in Kingfield on Thursday, July 3. Curtain is 7 p.m. at both locations. Pre-show jam sessions at Skye starts at 6 p.m.

Known for dizzying music jams, poly-rhythms and revved up riffs, the Sultans of String sound can’t be pinned down — it’s Sable Island meets the Silk Road, with detours through the Gypsy-Jazz coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, next an East Coast Kitchen Party, then over to the majestic Arctic and bustling markets of Cuba. Fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar while a funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Since forming seven years ago, Sultans of String have been on a meteoric rise with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow, including SiriusXM Indies Award, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), plus invitations to play with such legendary artists as The Chieftains and David Bromberg. The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney guests on the new CD.

Skye Theater is located at 2 Highland Drive in South Carthage. Mountain Village Farm is at 164 Maine St., Kingfield. Tickets cost $15 at the door. For reservations at Skye Theatre, call 562-4445. Advance tickets for the POPs are available at Trantens Family Market and at door. For more information, call 265-6240.


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