"The Ukes" came into existence almost by accident, three years ago as a response to a request by Carsten, a friend of mine from Germany who was fond of my accordion playing during my time as accordionist and co-songwriter with Peel faves “The Ukrainians”. He asked if I could put a show together for a festival, which I did. This debut CD Rokovyny is a selection of the songs we played at this event near Hanover, Germany, in Summer 2002, done in a folk/rock/world music style which understandably shares a similar approach to the way "The Ukrainians" play due to my former association with them and influences shared from being with them. Since then, other interest and concert offers has spurred "The Ukes" on to play when opportunities arise. ”Ukes”, or “Ukies” is what many young people of Ukrainian decent in the English speaking world refer to themselves as, hence the choice of name, since that is what we are.
The line up is a co-operative of available musicians, some in established bands of their own. We do it for fun, and because we just like playing the music we were brought up with, and sharing it with anyone who appreciates our Ukrainian cultural heritage. For more details, cd's booking enquireies mp3's etc, visit http://www.theukes.com
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