The Ark welcomes folk fusion Ten Strings and a Goat Skin Thursday



Thursday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $15

Bilingual folk fusion from Prince Edward Island

Young acoustic power trio Ten Strings and a Goat Skin from Canada’s Prince Edward Island know this, transforming tradition with vigor, curiosity, and sparks of goofy humor.

Expanding on the Scottish and Acadian roots of PEI’s traditional music, Ten Strings and a Goatskin weaves old-school Franco-Canadian, Breton, Irish, and Scottish tunes with wickedly current grooves and clever quirks, flirting with indie music’s best moments.

“We’re less anchored in traditional structures, the way many players assemble dance sets,” remarks Rowen Gallant, one of the trio’s string players. “We’ve left them by the wayside. We retain the melodic elements, but we’re not opposed to messing with things.”

The music of Ten Strings and a Goat Skin has been produced by Leonard Podolak of Ark favorites The Duhks, who’s helped them push their music into new territory. Get ready for B3 and crazed pump organ, clever effects, and taut vocal harmonies, for a rich sound with a direct, funky edge.

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