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"Scythian's enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around or hoisting glasses." - The Washington Post


BIOS and IMAGES

Alexander Fedoryka: Fiddle/Mandolin/Bass/Vocals
Trained classically, Alexander started playing at the age of 3 and has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap. Of note, Alexander spent six months in Japan studying under Dr. Suzuki, the renowned founder of the Suzuki School of Music. Alexander also spent four months playing in the streets of Ireland where he picked up the Celtic spirit and combined it with the Gypsy soul of his own Ukrainian ancestry.





Josef Crosby: Fiddle/Bass/Vocals
Trained classically, Josef studied at Duquesne under Joe Petron and has performed in venues such as the Benedum Center and Soldiers & Sailors memorial hall. Making the switch to Celtic fiddling, Joe forms the second half of Scythian's signature "dueling fiddles" and is known for his jazzy "dirt & grit" style.






Danylo Fedoryka: Rhythm Guitar/Accordion/Vocals
Trained as a classical pianist, Danylo made the switch to rhythm guitar in order to make music with his brother Alexander. Having performed at the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap as a classical musician, Danylo enjoys the free and somewhat loose spirit of Celtic music. Putting his keyboard skills to use, Danylo also picked up the accordion which he sports during the bands Gypsy and Klezmer pieces.



 

Ben-David Warner: Banjo/Fiddle/Viola/Guitar/Tenor Banjo/Mandolin/Vocals
Picking up guitar and classical violin in his early teens, Ben-David quickly found a passion for music-making and it wasn't long before the years of live music in the home and listening to his dad's recorded cassette tapes of NPR's Celtic radio show "The Thistle and Shamrock" had him playing Celtic music with devotion. (Credit goes to his dad, David Warner, for also introducing the Fedorykas to the world of Celtic music through the same cassettes!) Wanting to share the joy of the music with others Ben-David spent time busking the street corners of Virginia and Ireland before being added to the Scythian roster to fill out the expanding sound of the band with five-string banjo and a few other things.



Tim Hepburn: Drums/Percussion/...
The youngest, and most recent member of the band, Tim has been playing since he was a wee boy, "wee" as in young, not as in small, because, well frankly, Tim was never small. Hailing from CT, in between learning how to become a monster on the drums from the age of 5, Tim found the spare time to become an Eagle Scout, an accomplished trumpet player, and also run over diminutive humans as a football lineman in high school. While Tim can bring the thunder on the kit, his biggest influence on the drums comes from the finesse of the jazz world, and nuance is probably the best weapon in his holster, followed closely by his sweet potato omelet. We were happy to intercept him on his path to the Manhattan School of Jazz. Our apologies, Manhattan School of Jazz.

 

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Teaser - for website use

Rousing and raucous, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility. Take a trio of classically trained dueling fiddlers, toss in a rhythm guitar, a banjo and the occasional funky accordion, then power it with the driving rhythm of a world percussionist, and you've got the ingredients for a show you won't soon forget. Scythian's high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music is the result of their origins as street performers and has one goal in mind - to get people up on their feet and dancing. Their repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary Celtic and folk music to the alluring and dramatic strains of Gypsy and Eastern European tunes, and then crosses back over the border to pick up some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks. Scythian is: Josef Crosby (Fiddle/Bass), Alexander (Fiddle/Mandolin) & Danylo Fedoryka (accordion/guitar), Ben-David Warner (Fiddle/Banjo) and Tim Hepburn(Percussion).

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Press and Reviews

"In concert, Scythian proves to be one of Washington's most energetic and eclectic bands… Scythian's enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around, or hoisting glasses."
- The Washington Post

"Scythian's "Immigrant Road Show" is an adventure of some hard kicking, infectiously hypnotic fiddling music. Once you start listening you just can't get enough and suddenly you find yourself dancing across the floor, the walls, the furniture and then right out the door to find where the heck are these boys playing so I can get some more! Gypsy Fiddle is just a masterful piece and showcases their classical roots, their street roots and their obvious musical talents. Make no mistake, the sound of these boys is hard rocking – but with the musical genius of their classical background makes for an unbelievable dancing experience. Kesh Jigs is a hard rocking tune and definitely places them in the realm of Celtic Rock. Stonehenge Revisited – a mystical embracing of our Celtic Roots. Technoccordian will just put a smile on your face with its Celtic Techno sound – and the list just goes on. This is a superb CD, the quality incredible, the talent top notch. 5 Golden Celtic Radio Stars for the Scythian boys!"
- CelticRadio.Net

"With all the bows sawing back and forth at breakneck speeds it's a wonder that somebody doesn't get an eye put out or something during their set. With only a thirty to forty minute framework, Scythian took the sedate Monday night crowd aback from the start with a fierce twin fiddle instrumental and rarely let up on the intensity after that with polka and gypsy songs thrown in among the more obviously Irish-inspired tunes. By set's end the crowd was on their feet, clapping in rhythm and even stomping their feet, chairs forgotten for the moment. True entertainers know how to work the crowd, and Scythian accomplished this with ease. Fans were singing and clapping, but most of all, dancing -- the kind of dance that cultivates joy and spreads it around. This is music that makes you feel good inside."
- Kevin Oliver, Music That Matters

"Scythian brings first-generation authenticity to their unique hodgepodge of Irish, Celtic, klezmer, and gypsy influences. Drawing inspiration from the storytelling songcraft of traditional Irish music, [they] move their sound into a much more indefinable realm by infusing the traditionalist main course with modern-day flavors.... Immigrant Road Show, is a resounding listen that lends raucous rock and roll-style gusto and volume to their acoustically driven songs. All four members prove to be engaging, talented, and inventive performers along the way. With the recent trend of success for "traditional fusion" acts such as DeVotchKa, Man Man, and Gogol Bordello, it's no surprise that Scythian is closing in on widespread recognition as well. Having won over audiences at this year's Merlefest with multiple shows, the band are staring down a laundry list of concerts and festivals in 2008 that will surely bring their Immigrant Road Show streaking to the front of the pack. How could one resist their tour website's greeting - "Come and join us for some pints and a jig or two!"
- Bryan Rodgers, Homegrown Music Network

"Classically trained Scythian is popularly considered to play Celtic music for people who hate Celtic music, but love rock."
- Washington Post Express

"Scythian is developing a rabid following with interwoven playing that is sure to deliver a grand time for all who see them. Scythian's set could best be described as an interactive reel-based frolic, all of the members of the band play a variety of instruments and are natural showman, engaging the audience on every number."
- Glide Magazine

"The word is out - Scythian kicks musical butt! Their impact on audiences has been a bit like love at first sight/sound."
- Old Town Crier (Alexandria, VA)

Awards

2008 Album of the Year - Homegrown Music Network

2008 Voted Best Band in DC - Washington City Paper

** XM Radio's Bob Edwards Show Interview **

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Testimonials

Promoters

"I have seen a great number of bands in my years, though only a few can relate to the crowd the way Scythian does. I have seen this band in a club setting and on a stage in front of 5000 people, and they whip a crowd into a frenzy! Tight grooves, outstanding musicianship, and a spontaneity that few bands possess, I will be booking this band at Summerfest for years to come!"

Doug Johnson, Talent Buyer
Summerfest, Milwaukee, W.I.

"From the rousing late night party to the Sunday afternoon stage jumps, Scythian delivers with the kind of energy any festival with quality programming deserves. I'll book them again and again."

Kris Hodges
FloydFest

"Wildly entertaining! Completely charismatic! Refreshingly professional! And most importantly, so very talented! Scythian give 1000% of their everything on and off stage. Bringing a natural energy coupled with an extremely tight stage show, their considerable musical abilities have never failed any promoter or let down any audience. In a short time, Scythian has jumped to the forefront of the Celtic music scene. Instrumentally and vocally they are forcing other performers to reevaluate direction, content and substance. When we are able to add Scythian to our festival line-up, we know we will have a winner.

Bill Reid, East of the Hebrides Entertainment
Philadelphia, P.A.

With so many new bands in the Celtic market...Scythian stands out. They're innovative and fun: a blend of classical, Gyspy, bluegrass and Celtic music. While you're sure to enjoy their CDs, nothing can match their live shows where audience participation and dancing is a prerequisite.

Barry Stapleton, Entertainment Director
Milwaukee Irish Fest, Milwaukee W.I.

"There is now a Celtic folkrock band of which America can be shamelessly proud. It's name is Scythian."

Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere
Alexandria, V.A.

Press

"In concert, Scythian proves to be one of Washington's most energetic and eclectic bands."

The Washington Post

"One listen to Scythian - especially live - and you'll understand why their high-energy, original brand of 'Celtic with an Edge' tunes keep people yelling for more."

On Tap Magazine

Playing the I-95 corridor Scythian is developing a rabid following along with interwoven playing that is sure to deliver a grand time for all who see them . . . all of the members of the band play a variety of instruments and are natural showmen, engaging the audience on every number.

Glide Magazine

 

 

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