Hailing from a Francophone community on the north shore of Prince Edward Island, the bilingual 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 which is an 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. 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.”

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.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, including students up to age 22. More information is available at www.MaineFolqueCo-op.com or by calling 207-782-0386. More information on the band is available at www.tenstringsandagoatskin.com.

The First Universalist Church of Auburn is at 169 Pleasant Street.


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