Folk Roots Radio Episode 414: feat. Sultans of String & Folk Roots Radio For The Holidays

Folk Roots Radio Episode 414: Sultans of String & Folk Roots Radio For The Holidays

We love seasonal music on Folk Roots Radio – what we don’t love is more straight up versions of the same old Christmas songs and carols. Join us on Episode 414 of Folk Roots Radio as we celebrate the season with a selection of music that’s mostly new, independent and definitely interesting. We also include an interview with Chris McKhool, the leader of world music combo, the Sultans Of String, who are taking their “Christmas Caravan” back out on the road this holiday season alongside music from Ian Foster & Nancy Hynes, Rich Krueger, Reg Meuross, Kelly’s Lot, Vi Wickam, Bob Jensen & Tony McManus, Rachael Sage, Mara Levine, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and Eric Gerber. It’s a great episode, and the perfect accompaniment to a glass of your favourite tipple and a mince pie, or two. Check out the full playlist below.


Sultans Of String are taking their Christmas Caravan out on the road again this holiday season, with an extensive tour that takes in B.C. and Ontario and then heads into the US, and depending on the date features some special guests. Christmas Caravan isn’t your typical holiday album – as the band and their guest performers take seasonal music into another realm altogether, with some fine vocals performances, wonderful high octane world beat music and some fabulous virtuoso musicianship.

On this tour, the Sultans of String will also be raising money for the United Nations Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) in Canada who provide shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world. You can donate online HERE.

Check out the Sultans of String tour dates at

That’s all we have time for, this time around. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have a lot of great music and interviews to bring you on future shows. I hope you’ll join us!


You can listen to this episode again on Soundcloud by following the link below. You can also listen to episodes of Folk Roots Radio, on demand, via iTunes, Stitcher and Tune-in Radio. (Click on the highlighted link to reach your chosen platform.)


Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2018, self)

Ian Foster & Nancy Hynes
A Week In December
A Week In December (2018, Self) CDN

Rich Krueger
It’s That Time Again
Life Ain’t That Long (2017, Rockin’ K Records)

Reg Meuross
Christmas Song
December (2016, Hatsongs Music)

Kelly’s Lot
Colours Of December
Bittersweet (2017, Self)

Vi Wickam
The Riddle Song
Twas The Night Before Christmas (2015, Wickam Music)

Sultans Of String
Jesous Ahatonhia (Huron Carol)
Christmas Caravan (2017, Self) CDN

Interview: Chris McKhool discussing the 2017 Sultans Of String album “Christmas Caravan”.

Sultans Of String
The Little Swallow/Al Vuelo
Christmas Caravan (2017, Self) CDN

Bob Jensen & Tony McManus
The Swallowtail
(single) (2018, Self) CDN

Rachael Sage
Tchatchkes & Latkes
Joy! (2017, Mpress Records)

Mara Levine
Taladh Chriosda
Facets of Folk (2018, Self)

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
What Would Jesus Do
Longest Night Of The Year Volume 1 (2018, Hudson Harding Music)

Eric Gerber
Solstice Blues
Longest Night Of The Year Volume 1 (2018, Hudson Harding Music)

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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