PEI folk trio performs in Auburn 12/29 (& Folk Orchestra joins them!)

Sunday, Dec. 29, Auburn. Concert by Ten Strings & a Goatskin, from PEI.  2 p.m. at the First Universalist Church of Auburn (169 Pleasant Street at the corner of Spring Street). [Please note that this is the correct location; it appeared inaccurately in some media listings.]

 This fabulous young French Canadian folk trio will perform a sublime selection of tunes & songs featuring fiddle, guitar, bodhran, bouzouki and bi-lingual vocals. Admission: $10, $5 for students up to age 22. Plus plans are underway for jamming/dancing in the lower hall following the show, so bring your instruments & dance shoes! FMI, check back in at as the show date nears, or contact Cindy at 782-0386 or For a sneak preview of the band in action, go to

Further details:

The award-winning young French Canadian folk trio Ten Strings & a Goatskin will perform in concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Unitarian/Universalist Church in Auburn.

Hailing from a Francophone community on the north shore of Prince Edward Island, the bi-lingual group has won plaudits from Todd McLean, music writer for The Guardian, for having “harnessed an Acadian traditional spirit between them that is completely intoxicating, playing everything from French to Irish to even Gypsy music. You just never know where their ceaseless energy will take you next.”

Band members include Rowen Gallant on fiddle, his brother Caleb on bodhran (Irish hand drum), and their best friend Jesse Périard on guitar and bouzouki. When asked how the group came by its unusual name, they point to their instruments: the four strings on the fiddle plus the six strings on the guitar, with the “goatskin” referring to the animal-hide covering on the head of the bodhran.

Their concert repertoire features an eclectic mix of songs - sung in both French and English - and instrumental numbers which range from some of the familiar old-time French and Celtic jigs and reels to original compositions which blend the old with the new. While all strongly rooted in the traditional, the trio's music is infused with modern interpretations and world rhythms, creating an infectious energy and unique sound that, according to critics, “speaks to all ages.”

Despite the fact that these three musicians are not yet out of their teens, they are making substantial waves on the traditional music scene on both sides of the border. They drew a standing ovation at Maine's new Celtic Crossroads Festival this past fall, and their resumé also boasts of appearances at most of Maritime Canada’s major folk music festivals, including the Canadian Irish Festival, the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Halifax Urban Folk Festival and the Festival of Small Halls. And in the coming year they are slated to appear at what's been called the largest music festival in the world, Summerfest USA.

Ten Strings & a Goat Skin's debut album “Tri” was named 2012 Roots Traditional Recording of the Year by Music PEI, and this fall the group was nominated by the Canadian Folk Music Awards for both Young Performer of the Year and New/Emerging Artist of the Year for their album 2013 recording, “Corbeau.” Both this and their earlier CD will be available for purchase at their upcoming concert in Auburn.

To help capture the spirit of a typical French Canadian holiday house party, the trio has invited members of the newly formed Great Falls Folk Orchestra, a  multi-age locally-based ensemble, to join them on stage for a tune or two, and the audience will be invited downstairs to the church vestry after the show to enjoy some more communal music-making and dancing.

Sponsored by the Maine Folque Co-op, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to bringing the generations together through traditional music and dance, the event is designed to be family-affordable with tickets priced at just $10 for adults and $5 for youth, including students up to age 22.  More information is available by calling 782-0386. More information on the band is available at

Acting as community partners in supporting this event are Modern Woodmen, the Hilton Garden Riverwatch, and the host site, the First Universalist Church of Auburn, located at 169 Pleasant Street at the corner of Spring Street in Auburn.