Ukraine’s Run for Sziget

Nearly twenty years ago was the first of Ukraine’s run for Sziget, most didn’t even understand what had happened, but the band Braty bluzu from the wonderful pre-Carpathian town of Kalush were the first to perform at the even then well-renowned music festival, in a newly revive democratic Eastern Europe! Yesterday, I was informed of…

It’s that time again, the Eurovision Song Contest

Well, it’s once again time to play: Name That Tune! No in all seriousness, or silliness, when it comes to true hardcore music fans and musicians, the time has come around for the 2009 version of the Eurovision Song Contest, now in its 54th year. Now let’s go down to ringside here at the WMSC…

Professionalism – or lack thereof – reporting on musical events

Monday night was probably the musical highlight in Kyiv this fall with the first of two concerts of Christina Augilera, and while I didn’t attend with the cheapest ticket at Palats Sportu being 500 UAH, for the Monday night show, and starting at 1,000 UAH for the second show at Paltats Ukraina, a good friend…

Clockwork punk – played with heart and soul

What happens when you put together two men in their mid-forties, one of them Leeds, the other from Montreal (NDG actually), a girl from Kyiv, and a third guy who is just more than half a century old? I myself wasn’t too certain myself until Saturday September 27, when I went out to O’Brien’s Irish…

Chicken Festival?

While Orest over at Ukrainian Musical Matters has done a great summary of the different music festivals going on in Ukraine this summer I can’t see how he forgot the Chicken Festival being held at the National Exposition Center of Ukraine on June 28! Actually, today was the first time I heard of such a…

Talking about riffs and their Masters

Well over 18 months ago I got to know a couple of guys at one of the locals I frequent in central Kyiv. As many of you who have visited Ukraine, tattoes are quite popular, but when I met Andriy Antonenko there was something that struck me about one of his tattoes accross one of…

The Right Sound

Last week it would have been great if I had managed to attend the Bryan Adams concert at Palats Sportu in Kyiv, but just to many things going on. I have heard nothing about how the show was or what the attendance was like, but at the same time it’s not like there is ever…

The story of Serhiy Taftay’s guitar

Many years before Braty bluzu was formed Serhiy Taftay played with many different groups. In the early 1980s while playing with one group in Western Ukraine he simply wanted to have the best possible instrument, so he somehow managed to scrape together 6,000 Rubles to by himself a Gibson Les Paul guitar and he did.…

When will the posters disappear – Cry Fire

Well, last night one of Russia’s musical oligarch’s, Yosef Kobzon had his anniversary concert in Kyiv. Unfortunately the posters promoting it will be around to remind everyone just how great he is. I hope they come down soon I am getting sick of looking at his ugly mug. In the entry on Wikipedia above there…

The Sir Elton John Show – or What Ukrainian Billionaires do for fun

Like almost two hundred thousand other people in Kyiv I headed down towards Maydan Nezalezhnosti on Saturday June 16 in order to see a living legend. Yes, at 60 years old one can consider Sir Elton John can be considered a living legend. I had earlier predicted that I would probably watch the concert on…