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 pair of classically trained dueling fiddlers, toss in a rhythm guitar and the occasional funky accordion, then power it with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist, and you've got the ingredients for a show you won't soon forget. Their high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music has one goal in mind; to get people 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 (sith-ee-yin) is a young Celtic band of four self-proclaimed "twenty-somethings" based in the D.C. metro area. A charismatic group comprised of brothers and friends, Scythian's music ranges from traditional folk to high energy Celtic, with strains of gypsy and Klezmer. The lads are quickly becoming known for their intense, high-energy shows and dynamic crowd interaction.
In just this year alone, Scythian has been booked for eleven festivals including the Milwaukee Irish Fest - the largest Celtic festival in the world. The band headlined the Irish Fair Minnesota with Gaelic Storm and the Potomac Celtic Festival with the Prodigals. Scythian also recently performed at Musikfest which is a nine-day festival in Bethlehem, P.A., that in 2006, drew over one million people.
Landing spots in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village and in one of the MTV's The Real World shoots in Philadelphia, Scythian's has secured its spot, according to The Washington Post, "as one of D.C.'s most energetic and eclectic bands. Led by a pair of young raging fiddlers, Scythian brings a passion and energy that makes them unpredictable, spontaneous and contagiously festive."
Though they have only been a full-time band for three years, Scythian's love of music came from an early age. The Fedoryka brothers began studying the violin and piano at age three while Crosby and Ounallah began playing the violin and drums, respectively, at age five. The Fedorykas are 100% Ukrainian and come from a musical family with their mother Irene graduating from Juilliard and all ten of the children learning instruments. Crosby and Ounallah bring the Irish blood to the group with Crosby being half Irish and half Austrian and Ounallah being half Irish and half Jordanian.
After struggling with the rigidness involved in classical music, Leks lost his passion for the violin. While attending Franciscan University of Steubenville, where his brother Danu and Crosby also attended, one of his friends lured him back to the violin through Celtic music. Once he learned all the songs that he could from a CD, Leks convinced Danu to learn guitar so that he could play along. Danu then suggested that they play the street corners for gas money.
Setting up in the streets of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the brothers began to explore Celtic and folk music with their childhood friend, Crosby, whose fathers were friends who earned doctorates together. After learning the art and style of stagecraft, Leks spent four months in Ireland in 2002 to learn more about Irish music.
Scythian became official two years later and since then the group has played over 350 shows, accumulated an email list of over 8,000 addresses and received over seven million hits on their website. Recently, Scythian was featured on XM Satellite Radio's The Bob Edwards Show and in a Voice of America News story which was aired in the Ukraine, Russia, Poland and various other countries. The band has performed at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center, the Strathmore Center and the Nissan Pavilion VIP room.
In true "Spinal Tap" fashion, Ounallah is Scythian's newest and seventh drummer who joined "the brotherhood" in March of 2005. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in jazz percussion and theory at the University of Maryland.
The lads chose the name Scythian, which is defined as a "bunch of pre-Mesopotamian barbarians who did not use forks or phonics," to describe an essentially nomadic sound that encompasses everything from traditional jigs and reels to contemporary covers.
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Rousing and raucous, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infus...
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I just saw Scythian preform at the North Texas Irish Festival this past weekend (NTIF in Dallas TX is always the first full weekend in March for those who may be interested, and itís a great festival to attend!). I first came across their music when I heard their song Hey Mama Ya on Highlander Radio years ago. Itís a catchy tune with a little Celtic mixed with a little Zydeco and a whole lot of fun. When I saw their name on the performers list at NTIF, I made sure to check them out. They are a high energy band with a great sound and infectious personality. They play an eclectic mix of music with a strong bent towards the Celtic genera. I hope they are able to come back again next year. I thoroughly enjoyed their performances!
Itís a real pleasure to be able to listen to artists like Scythain, Ed Miller, Dervish and many many others on the Celtic Radio stations then be able to see them preform live. Keep up the good work! SlŠinte
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Date Posted: 20-Sep-2009
Marching towards a musically victory of some of the most energetic live recordings we have heard to date, Scythian's Live Volume 1 is a masterpiece of fiddling, drums, guitars and vocals. You just might fold your arms, jump on top of the kitchen table and start kicking the dishes off as you dance to some of their incredible eastern European sounding tracks like Chava Nagila or the slow building "Gypsy Fiddle" that erupts into an explosion of phenomenal dance jigs that would bring down the house anywhere. Scythian has achieved, through their talents, what few bands can claim, a Live album that sounds just as good, if not better, then their studio version. A big round of applause and congratulations to Scythian for a Live album that sounds beautiful and captures the character and intensity of a group of extraordinary musicians that are giving the people a reason to dance and look for better days ahead. We can only hope that Volume 2 will be coming out very shortly! 5 Golden Celtic Radio stars for Scythian 's remarkable Live album - we can promise you will want to see this group play in concert after hearing this album!Check out their exclusive induction into our featured artist database!http://www.celticradio.net/php/featured_ar...t.php?artist=36
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