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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: Violin/Mandolin/Harmonica/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: Violin/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.



 

Mike Ounallah: Percussion/Drums
Mike Ounallah, comes from a Jazz background and enriches the sounds of Scythian with a wealth of experience and expertise. Mike recently earned a Masters of Jazz Studies at the University of Maryland. A true student of music, Mike combines his extensive knowledge with his Jordanian heritage, which compliments the Eastern gypsy style of Alexander. Although Mike is respected for his knowledge of music and his musical precision, he is also known as drummer who can flat out "bring it" and who can rock out with the best of them.

 

 

 


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Press and Reviews

"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)

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

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

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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 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.

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Testimonials

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

"We don't know of another local band that can churn out rebel songs, Pogues covers and traditional reels with the same levels of skill and energy."

The Washington Post

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.

Supporters

"Creative, infectious, hilarious, tamborine-banging fun. You've now spoiled us for anybody else; a tough act to follow, indeed!"

Gunny, Washington D.C. - Guest book entry

"The Fado's show was the best party I've been to in years. Love that you guys are making music fun again."

Ethan, Arlington VA - Guest book entry

"Scythian is a group of real men, who play real music . . . Their music is real because they put themselves into it. They're real men and that's why I'm still here right now (2am - Kildares Pub, PA).

90-year-old fan Alice, Westchester, PA as quoted in the "Catholic Standard Times"

"They play every show like it is their first and their last."

Artie, Flanagans Pub

MORE TESTIMONIALS . . .

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Backgrounder

Fresh off performing at a St. Patrick's Day Presidential luncheon for President Bush and Ireland's Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) played kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of gypsy and klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility. Voted 2006 DC Fan Favorite by the Washington Area Music Association and two more nominations in 2007 for Best Contemporary Folk Group and Best Contemporary Folk Recording, 2007 proved to be a pivotal year in the band's career. Highlights include sharing the stage with Guster and opening for Flogging Molly at ShamrockFest (DC). With the July 2007 release of their third album, Immigrant Road Show, Scythian has accumulated several nominations for their efforts, including a best song nod for Immigrant Stomp from CelticRadio.net, a spot in PaddyRock.com's Top 20 Albums of 2007 list, as well as the aforementioned nominations by the Washington Area Music Association.

Scythian first broke onto the festival scene in 2006, performing in a handful of Celtic Festivals in the Northeast. It did not take long for the word to get out about their incredible live performances, and thanks largely to grassroots promotion and word-of-mouth, their popularity has exploded. In 2007 - just their second festival season - Scythian tripled their festival appearances over the previous year. They booked 25 festivals in 2007, and are on pace to top that number in 2008 along with a formidable schedule of venues, concert series, and in-studio performances. In 2008, Scythian will share the stage with internationally touring acts such as Joan Jett, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Gaelic Storm, and Flogging Molly. This year marks the band's first international appearance as they travel to Sydney, Australia to perform three shows at World Youth Day 2008 for an estimated audience of 225,000 youth from around the world.

With catchy, quirky original songs such as "Technoccordion" and "Highway 81," and new twists on traditional favorites, Scythian has created their own unique sound, which defies genre classification (although "speed folk" has been used on more than one occasion). Virtuosic talents and unfailing energy are the tools these lads use to create an electrifying connection to their audience that keeps fans on their feet and screaming for more.

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