How “silly servants” are self serving

Well it’s been an awful long time since I sat down and have written anything regarding music in Ukraine, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone, as not much really changes around here. Sure, Haydamaky were off touring in Europe and are back in Kyiv in the days to come, but have a full line up for…

Musician Ties the Knot

While sitting working on my last blog posting my mobile rang, and like most people I checked to see who was calling… The display read: Олена Мацюцька… Well, here was a friend of mine that I hadn’t heard from for ages… I answered it… Well, here for the benefit of English language readers, I will…

Transborder Cooperation…

In search for festivals happening in L’viv I came across an interesting bit of information which maybe of interest to those who take the time to read this blog. On August 9, 2008 friends of mine from Haydamaky will be performing a joint concert with Polish band Voo Voo in L’viv. I’m still waiting for…

Drymba Da Dzyga or DDD

Quite some time ago at a local watering hole Dem Haydamaky’s guitarist introduced me to a fellow by the name of Oleksandr Novichenko, bass player with a relatively new Ukrainian band called DrymbaDaDzyga. A short while later Oleksandr comes over to me and hands me a CD, and like many things I stashed into my…

Talking about tight

A few days back I posted about a guy by the name of Andriy Antonenko, aka Riffmaster. While I have had the opportunity to listen to recorded material that Andriy has put out, it was not until last night that I could really appreciate the level of talent of Riffmaster. I have been kicking around…

Ignorance is Bliss: Take Two – Kobzar hits 7th in the World Music Charts Europe

Over a year ago I wrote about how the Ukrainian music industry and some of the labels of some fairly popular bands don’t do enough to promote their bands in Ignorance is bliss. Well once again history repeats itself! As everyone in Ukraine is happily harping about Ani Lorak representing Ukraine at the Eurovision Song…

Ignorance is bliss

It seems that the music industry here is burying its head in the sand. In a conversation I had yesterday with one of Ukraine’s best informed music critics, Oleksandr Yevtushenko, I discovered that the Ukrainian group Haydamaky is more appreciated beyond the borders of Ukraine then at home. At the 20th Womex (World Music Expo)…