Washington DC-based Scythian (sith-ee-yin) began over 12 years ago as a bunch of college buddies playing Celtic music in the streets and has grown to be a headliner on the US Celtic Festival Circuit as well as a name in the Bluegrass/Americana Festival Circuit. They found that their brand of high-energy folk music found a resonance that led The Washington Post to state: “Scythian’s enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around or hoisting glasses.”
For over 12 years they have found success as an independent band and have played over 1,300 shows all over the united states, Europe, Canada and as far aways as Australia.
Founded by brothers Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka who are first-generation sons of Ukrainian immigrants, Scythian from the start has been a search and love for the "old time, good time music" of many cultures. They were inspired by a tale told by their 92-year-old grandmother of a roving fiddler who came into her farming village every six months or so. Once he was spotted, messengers were sent to all the outlying fields and mills and worked ceased; everyone gathered in the barn where they danced all night and danced their cares away. This spirit is what has motivated Scythian from its inception and their success as an independent band is due largely to their finding a resonance of soul amongst kindred spirits that span all ages and races. This spirit took them from the streets to playing for the US president on St. Patrick's Day and its the enthusiastic response they receive that has made each of their 1,300+ shows unique.
THE calling card of Scythian is their ability to engage their audience no matter the venue or circumstance and truly every Scythian shows ends with people dancing, smiling and covered with sweat. This is best summed up by The Camel-City Dispatch (Winston-Salem, North Carolina): “[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."
Other notable quotes:
"When Rock Star Charisma Meets Celtic Dervish Fiddling" -- Nashville's Music City Roots
'Scythian has reinvented folk rock in America' -- iHeart Radio's Arroe Collins
Alexander Fedoryka: Fiddle/Mandolin/Bass/Vocals -
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 band's Gypsy and Klezmer pieces.
Danylo is endorsed by d'Addario Strings & Fishman
|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 Latin recording stars Marco Antonio Soles and Gloria Trevi. Whether she's adding dulcet counter melodies on the cello or holding it down on the bass, Larissa adds some feminine class to this unruly bunch of musical nomads. |
Larissa is endorsed by NS Design Electric Cello
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.
Fritz McGirr: Drums/Percussion/Vocals - |
Hailing from Michigan as a classically-trained percussionist, Fritz first became known on the Irish festival circuit as the bodhran and drum kit player for the instrumental trio, The Moxie Strings. His widespread study of percussion instruments and traditions from around the world is a never ending passion for Fritz. Everything he learns only adds to the bank of possibilities that he draws upon to enhance the sonic melting pot that is the basis of Scythian's sound.
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