December 17, 2015 | Following a busy and exciting year, which saw the group touring extensively in five countries, receiving an ECMA for World Recording and being highlighted in the Canada Council for the Arts compilation CD representing the best in Canadian world music, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin is booked for numerous major festivals and events on both sides of the Atlantic through 2016.
Invitations for a return to Milwaukee Irish Festival, the worlds largest Irish festival, and Shrewsbury Folk Festival, the second largest folk festival in UK, has resulted in their having been festival favourites in 2015. Additional praise from Shrewsbury came on the announcement that the PEI band had the highest CD sales of the festival, an uncommon occurrence for an artist’s debut tour in the country. Further 2016 festival returns and inclusions by major events and festivals are upcoming.
With time spent in late December at Studio4 in Joliette, Quebec with good friend, musician and producer Leonard Podolak [The Duhks], the group had opportunity to finish work on its newest recording project and is expecting a CD release in late spring. Group member Rowen Gallant comments, “This album is overdue and we are proud and excited to be introducing our new music to everyone in early 2016.” The trio is hopeful that it will be well received.
Rounding out this year and the holiday season, Ten Stings And A Goat Skin has the great fortune to be guesting in Toronto with host, CBC personality and recording artist, David Myles, at his Massey Hall Presents concert, “An East Coast Christmas”, along with The Fortunate Ones, Damhnait Doyle and Stuart Cameron on Dec. 21st just before they head home to the Island. The band will ring in the New Year at a fund raising event for the Summerside Lobster Carnival at Credit Union Place in Summerside, PEI and invites Islanders to join them in the celebration.
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin’s 2016 touring kicks off on January 14th. with a twenty date trip across the United States with performances from Rice University Auditorium Performance Hall in Oregon, to the Chandler Music Hall in Vermont and the prestigious Burren Backroom Sessions in Massachusetts. The tour wraps up in Ohio, where the group will headline the inaugural concert at a new performance space, Hensville Park, Toledo Ohio’s entertainment epicentre located in a revitalized area associated with the the city’s triple A baseball team, the Toledo Mud Hens.
This Winter US tour will be followed by subsequent jaunts through France, Switzerland, Canada, the US and the UK in 2016.
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WINTER US TOUR DATES
Jan 15 - Rice University, Monmouth, Oregon, US
Jan 21 - Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club, London, Ontario, CA
Jan 22 - Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, US
Jan 23 - Celtic Music Concert Series, Des Moines, Iowa, US
Jan 24 - Old Town School Of Folk Music, Chicago, Illinois, US
Jan 27 - Legion Arts CSPS Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jan 28 - Concert Farha, Wichita, Kansas, US
Jan 29 - Lincoln Association for Traditional Arts, Nebraska, US
Jan 30 - Birdhouse Acoustic, Manhattan, Kansas, US
Feb 05 - Coopers Glen Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan, US
Feb 12 - Happy Days Lodge, Peninsula, Ohio, US
Feb 13 - University of Minnesota, Morris, Minnesota, US
Feb 14 - Celtic Junction, St. Paul, Minnesota, US
Feb 17 - Burren Backroom, Summerville, Massachusetts, US
Feb 18 - Dana Centre St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire, US
Feb 19 - Cabot Performing Arts, Beverly, Massachusetts, US
Feb 20 - North Madison Congregational Church, Madison, Connecticut, US
Feb 26 - Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, Vermont, US
Mar 16 - Sandusky State Theatre, Sandusky, Ohio, US
Mar 19 - Hensville Park, Toledo, Ohio, US