Folk Roots Radio Episode 476: feat. Chris McKhool (Sultans of String) & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 476: feat. Chris McKhool (Sultans of String) & More New Releases

Leader of the world rhythms folk combo Sultans of String, Chris McKhool joins us on Episode 476 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about the band’s forthcoming album “Refuge”, a project that is all about highlighting the extraordinary contributions that indigenous people, immigrants and refugees make to our culture and life, and showcases some of the amazing people who are sharing their musical gifts with us in Canada and the United States. It’s a very inspiring interview, and well worth checking out. We also include new music from Bobtown, Kristen Martell, Durham County Poets, Dayna Manning, Jason Wilson and Kyp Harness. Check out the full playlist below.


Sultans of String have just released the second single from their forthcoming album, Refuge which is due in the spring of 2020. “The Power of the Land” is a poem by Duke Redbird, now set to music by Sultans of String, with harmonies from indigenous husband and wife duo, Twin Flames. Refuge will feature some incredible musicians from the USA and Canada, many of whom arrived here as recent immigrants and refugees. According to Chris McKhool “The goal of the project is to highlight the extraordinary contributions of those that have arrived here from around the globe, as well as global talents that have been ambassadors for peace. Each one of us has a remarkable story to tell, and we are excited to share the beauty of these collaborations with you, featuring special guests from First Nations, Turkey, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Greece, Syria, Mexico, Portugal, Cuba, and Sudan.”

The first single from Refuge, “I Am a Refugee” featured the powerful lyrics and spoken word vocal of Somali refugee poet and multimedia artist Ifrah Mansour.

Sultans of String will be playing a rare performance in their original trio formation, featuring Chris McKhool on fiddle, Kevin Laliberté on guitar and Drew Birston on bass, at the Fergus Grand Theatre (Fergus ON) on November 23. GET TICKETS.

On November 28, Sultans of String head out on their 3rd annual Christmas Caravan tour, which this year will be visiting Alberta and Ontario.

For more information and all tour dates, visit


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 Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Tune-in Radio. (Click on the highlighted link to reach your chosen platform.)

Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2019, self)

Daughters Of The Dust
Chasing the Sun (2019, Self)

Kristen Martell
We Learn
(single) (2019, Self) CDN

Durham County Poets
Help Me To Change
Hand Me Down Blues (2019, Self) CDN

Dayna Manning
Morning Light (2019, Self) CDN

Sultans of String
I Am A Refugee (feat. Ifrah Mansour)
Refuge (2019, Self) CDN

Interview: Chris McKhool from Sultans of String discussing their forthcoming album “Refuge”.

Sultans of String
The Power of the Land (feat. Duke Redbird & Twin Flames)
Refuge (2019, Self) CDN

Sultans of String
Himalayan Sleigh Ride (feat. Anwar Khurshid)
Christmas Caravan (2017, Self) CDN

Jason Wilson
Lads of Lombard Hall (feat. Toronto Fire Services Pipes & Drums)
Sumach Roots: Volume 2 of The Valley Road Trilogy (2019, Wheel Records) CDN

Kyp Harness
All Things Are Possible With God
You Can Walk On Water (2019, Self) CDN

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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