Coming to Stone Church Arts: "Christmas Caravan" Featuring Sultans of String and Rebecca Campbell

BELLOWS FALLS, VERMONT: Celebrate the season with a musical journey around the world. Stone Church Arts presents "Christmas Caravan" a special concert for all ages on Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. Sultans of String and singer Rebecca Campbell travel to Bellows Falls from Canada to bring you this high energy musical event at Immanuel Episcopal Church, the stone church on the hill, 20 Church St.


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Maverick Music Magazine, UK, declared Christmas Caravan an “Energetic and exciting music fest from a band with talent to burn… the very epitome of world music: no boundaries, no rules!”

Three-time Juno (Canada’s Grammy) nominees Sultans of String deliver an exuberant performance featuring band originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favorites to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night. From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, this surprising and delightful holiday fiesta heats up when Sultans of String bring their signature sound to well-known gems such as "Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring," a djembe-driven "Little Drummer Boy," a "Feliz Navidad" ska party, a Turkish twist on "Greensleeves," a Gypsy-jazz inspired "Django Christmas," and a Rumba Flamenca-fueled "Jingle Bells."

Their companion Christmas Caravan CD landed the New York Times Christmas Hits list and the #6 spot on Billboard’s world music charts and features such luminaries as The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney, platinum vocalist Nikki Yanofsky, Juno winners Alex Cuba, Grammy winners Sweet Honey in The Rock, Richard Bona (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock), a Turkish orchestra and more!

Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Bandleader Chris McKhool, who was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, grew up in a Lebanese-Egyptian house bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, he was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons.

When McKhool first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar. From this rich foundation, the dynamic duo grew, featuring such amazing musical friends bass master Drew Birston, jaw-dropping Cuban percussionist Rosendo Chendy Leon, guitarist Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels), as well as special guests such as Rebecca Campbell.

Rebecca Campbell’s singing is emotionally rooted, honest, lyrical, adventurous, intimate, impressionistic, interactive, joyful, poetic, and full of surprises. The scope of her resume betrays a disregard for idiomatic boundaries, a love of words, and a penchant for the sweet and sad.

She has sung alongside such luminaries as Lynn Miles, Ian Tamblyn, Paul Quarrington, Parachute Club, Richard Thompson, Charlie Louvin, Ferron, Fred Eaglesmith, Alanis Morrisette, and many more.

Stone Church Arts presents Sultans of String with special guest, singer Rebecca Campbell in this special holiday world music concert on Wednesday, December 19. Advance tickets are $25 general admission (seniors save $5) and $45 for limited premium reserved. Advance Tickets are available now. Same-day tickets increase to $30 general admission ($25 for Seniors) and $50 for premium reserved. Purchase tickets in person at Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, or Misty Valley Books in Chester. Alternatively, call our box office at 802-460-0110 or visit our website at www.stonechurcharts.org.