Breeders of Xenophobia or the Big Lie Theory boys…

Not long ago one of my blog entries was entitled, “A different type of Ulster! Also run by Creoles”. Within that entry I noted that there are four K’s which run current day Ukraine. A few days later, one of those Creoles, member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Vadym Kolisnichenko, reared his ugly head…

A long time coming Made in UA

When one has spent more than ten years of their life in Ukraine and has made many different friends from many different walks of life, but primarily those who are involved in the development of contemporary Ukrainian cultural life you start to miss those friends a great deal when you are far away from that…

Made in ЮА [UA]…. the long road to Liviy Bereh (Lviv)

It has been some time since I have actually sat down and written anything, but it does not mean that my life has not been filled with a great number of musical events. On May 20th I was sitting in one of my regular haunts when in comes an old friend of mine, Mykhaylo [Mis’ko]…

A funny thing happened to me at the Top…

Well once again I have found the energy and reason to write something related to music. Even though the Eurovision Song Contest is just around the corner, I’ve become fatigued by all of that hoopla. In fact I lived through it for the period it was here in Ukraine as the the English language Web…

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…

Latest on Dead Rooster

Well, Mertviy Piven, or Dead Rooster as they are known in English had a concert on Sunday February 25th in Kyiv, and while it was my intention to attend – I decided that my health was more important. I guess this is a sign of age! I along with many others I know have been…

The Devolution of Ukrainian culture beyond its borders

Recently on a business trip to Madrid to examine the state of the Ukrainian community and examining the Spanish market for a number of different projects there were a few things that shed light on what some of the problems that exist in the Ukrainian cultural sphere. While the weather and the general state of…

Dead Rooster’s hitting the road

Well it seems like one of the longest surviving Ukrainian rock bands, Mertviy Piven’, or Dead Rooster, will be doing a mini-tour in Ukraine. It was about year ago since their last album came out, and I guess Mykhailo Barbara, the band’s lead man, and the boys decided it was time to treat their fans…

The vote that changed Ukraine

Fifteeen years ago today, Ukrainians voted to approved their country’s independence, and voted for its first President, Leonid Kravchuk. During those years there was a renaissance on the Ukrainian music scene, groups like Mertviy Piven [Dead Rooster], Plach Yeremii [Jermiah’s Cry], Braty Hadiukyny, and others were breaking on to the scene, just to mention a…