PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The Ukrainian-influenced band Scythian was interviewed by WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio (89.7 FM) on February 26 by Bonnie North.
Dan Fedoryka, the band’s front-man, vocalist, accordionist and rhythm guitarist explained, via telephone, the Ukrainian-Celtic fusion with elements of rock to create its sound. The band performed later that night at the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee.
Other members comprising Scythian include: Fedoryka’s brother, Alexander, who plays fiddle, mandolin and bass; Josef Crosby, who also plays fiddle and bass; Tim Hepburn, who keeps the beat on drums and percussion; and the latest addition, cellist Larissa Fedoryka, Dan’s and Alex’s sister. Scythian, which has celebrated 10 years together, toured in Ireland on October 4-11, 2014.
“Immigrant rock” is what the band calls its music, and its current tour is dubbed the “Old Tin Can Tour” after the eponymous studio release that is set for April 23. From its website, Scythian writes: “What began as a simple project took on a life of its own, and the fellas are thrilled to be releasing this album of some of the band’s favorite tunes. Featuring stirring ballads made known by the likes of Doc Watson, the Cater Family and Christie Moore, spirited jigs, soulful waltzes and even a Ukrainian Kozak love song.”
“Old Tin Can” will be available for pre-release at all shows in the lead-up to the official release date. Scythian played in Chicago on March 1 at City Winery, on March 5 at The Cutting Room in New York, and on March 6 at World Café Live in Philadelphia.
The tour is scheduled for five nights on March 13-17 for the Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Fest in Orlando, followed by more dates in the Washington/Baltimore and Philadelphia areas.
For more information about Scythian, readers may visit www.scythianmusic.com.