So it’s no surprise that the only Canadian province that has no land boundaries (as it is usually the case with islands) boasts a rich and varied historical and cultural life. Celtic, French and Anglosaxon all mix and match and play a big role in what the exuberant Ten Strings and a Goat Skin are all about. Predominantly francophone in their background, their music sounds off with Irish, Acadian and Maritime influxes as well. What you’ll also hear is their youthful energy and their laissez-faire approach to experimentation, despite basically going back and forth and dipping into «trad» as well. And in only two short years the kids made a great name for themselves in Eastern Canada, no easy feat in parts not exactly void of musical talent.
Their musical approach, basically traditional folk-fusion, is deceptively simple. A violin, a guitar and a bodhran, the drum that’s the heartbeat of Irish music, do the trick. Jesse Periard on guitar and vocals, the brothers Rowen Gallant (violin and vocals) and Caleb Gallant on bodhran and vocals made their debut in 2011 with «Tri», somewhat «trad» but also spiked with wild and gutsy experimentations. Just amazing what these barely twenty year olds cajole from their instruments. Predominantly feel-good electrifying music aimed right at the button in your brain where the blinking red light commands «dancedancedance». Laissez les bon temps rouler! definitely is their mantra.
World class music from the only kiddie band from Prince Edward Island, pardon, Acadia. They’re sure to get your goat. Just don’t try to understand their French.