‘Shchedryk’ – the new single from ‘The Ukrainians’, takes the well-known song ‘Carol of the bells’ back to its pre-Christian roots. Tonight, on Ukrainian New Year’s Eve, the band will be performing the track live for the first time.
The first 100 advanced tickets will receive a free ‘Shchedryk’ CD EP!
Style-wise, The Ukrainians are an intoxicating cocktail of traditional Ukrainian music and Western Indie pop/rock. The tracks are raw, fresh and electrifying. Vodka-fuelled fiddles, accordion and mandolins interweave beautifully with powerful drums, driving bass and wonderfully zizzy electric guitars. Their cross-category appeal has meant that for 25 years they have wowed audiences at many hundreds of festivals throughout Europe and North America, including both Glastonbury and Womad in the UK.
The majority of the material is written by the band and over the years, they have written songs that have become part of Ukrainian musical heritage. Cherez Richku (через річку) and Diaspora (Діаспора) are the best known, but the set often includes high energy versions of traditional Ukrainian songs and covers of western classics (Smiths, Sex Pistols)
The new single is the first release from a new album project to be released in the spring. Tonight’s’ gig will premiere a number of these new songs.