Harmony House's last show of year features Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

Darlene Shea
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HUNTER RIVER – The last show of 2013 at Harmony House Theatre is Saturday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. – “Christmas with Ten Strings and a Goat Skin.” The young, award winning bilingual traditional/folk/fusion trio celebrates the music of the Irish, French and Maritime cultures.

Members of Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, brothers Rowen and Caleb Gallant and Jesse Périard, from P.E.I.’s North Shore, will be presenting a Christmas concert at Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River on Saturday.

The group will donate half of their show proceeds to “Santa’s Angels” with funds going towards toys for Island children.

Members of Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, brothers Rowen and Caleb Gallant and Jesse Périard, hailing from P.E.I.’s North Shore, had a very busy year which took them throughout Atlantic Canada and into the United States. The group is known for integrating modern and world rhythms with traditional and original tunes to create a fiery, contagious energy and unique sound that is increasingly catching the attention of Canadian and international stages.

With a musicality beyond their years, they ensnare audiences right from the first note while they create an atmosphere that is pure fun.

“These three young guys are extraordinary musicians and they are unlike any traditional/Acadian band you’ve ever heard. You’ve got to see them to believe them,” says Mike Campbell of the Carleton and Halifax Urban Folk Festival.

Making waves on English and francophone stages during ECMA Week the past three years, their 2012 début bilingual album, “TRI,” was awarded Music P.E.I.’s 2012 Roots Traditional Recording of the Year and nominated for the 2012 ECMA Roots Traditional Group Recording of the Year.

The trio is touted as “the busiest and hardest working band on P.E.I.” with a festival resume that now includes Stanfest, Lunenburg Folk Harbour, the Halifax Urban Folk Festival, the Canadian Irish Festival, the Confederation Centre, the Festival of Small Halls and numerous local French and English festivals and cultural events.

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin has also just recently launched a new album, “Corbeau,” which has been making waves in the folk world. Noted as a top five sales album at the prestigious Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival in August, it has also garnered serious praise as a top album of that month in Penguin Egg magazine (Canada’s top folk Magazine) as well as Folk UK magazine, Trad Mag in France among others.

Produced by multiple award winner, Lennie Gallant, their bilingual studio album, “Corbeau,” was released June 1.

“They have a depth of understanding about traditional/folk music that belies their ages and when combined with the energy they put into it, you cannot help but jump on board. You will love this album and their live performance,” says producer Gallant.

With the release of their latest album, the group has recently been nominated for four Music P.E.I. awards including Album of the Year.

Tickets for the show are $15 and can be purchased online through the venue website at www.harmonyhousetheatre.com or by calling 964-2255.

Organizations: Harmony House, ECMA Roots Traditional Group Recording, Confederation Centre Penguin Egg magazine Folk UK magazine

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, North Shore, United States France

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