"When Rock Star Charisma Meets Celtic Dervish Fiddling"
-- Nashville's Music City Roots
'Scythian has reinvented folk rock in America' -- iHeart Radio's Arroe Collin
Named after Ukrainian nomads, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays roots music from Celtic, Eastern European and Appalachian traditions with thunderous energy, technical prowess, and storytelling songwriting, beckoning crowds into a barn-dance, rock concert experience. Nashville’s Music City Roots says Scythian is ‘what happens when rock star charisma meets Celtic dervish fiddling’, and the Washington Post says “Scythian’s enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around or hoisting glasses.”
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“[Scythian gives] no quarter in their quest to entertain and bring a joy to their music that gives it an irony-free, wide open feel of manic possibility. The playing is technically brilliant, but it is the energy that carries the day." —Camel City Dispatch (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
"For the past 20 years we've relied on hip hop to get people on the dance floor, when in reality they just haven't discovered [Scythian] yet."—Arroe Collins, iHeartRadio
"Scythian's enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around or hoisting glasses." —Washington Post
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.
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.
Larissa Fedoryka (Bass, Cello, Vocals) - began her cello career at age 3 as a member of the Fedoryka Family Players. She is currently in the last year of her doctoral program in classical performance at the University of California-Santa Barbara and tours with Scythian as well as stints with Latin recording stars Marco Antonio Soles and Gloria Trevi. Whether she's adding dulcet counter melodies on the cello or holding it down the bass, Larissa adds some feminine class to this unruly bunch of musical nomads.
Nolan Ladewski (Flute, Whistles, Banjolin, Guitar and Vocals) - Nolan began learning the tin whistle at age 6 and began his touring career at the age of 12 with the band Kennedy's Kitchen. He added the flute to his repertoire, and honing his craft, Nolan qualified and competed in the All Ireland Competition in 2000 at the age of 13. Since then he has become a veteran on the US Celtic Festival circuit, where he first met Scythian. It was only a matter of time before Nolan was asked to come on board and round out the Scythian sound with his wide range of instruments and soul stirring tenor vocals.
Tim Hepburn: Drums/Percussion/...
The youngest 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 Music.
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