Fans may be surprised to learn that the founding members of Scythian, a Washington, D.C.-based Celtic rock band, didn’t like Irish music originally.
But when brothers Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka were in college at the Franciscan University of Stuebenville, Ohio, Alex became obsessed with an Irish fiddler. Alex, who was a classically trained musician, said, “What is that? Whatever that is, I’ve got to do it.”
Danylo added, “He became obsessed listening to tapes and trying to learn by ear. We are what we are what we are now because it stemmed from the fact that the music has this inherent power to it. Alex said if we can learn this music, we will be unstoppable.”
And they have been ever since they started busking in front of the gates to Merlefest nearly a decade ago and quickly became among the festival’s attendee favorites.
Named after Ukrainian nomads, Scythian (pronounced sith-ee-yin) plays immigrant rock and has spent the past 10 years getting people to dance all night. Nashville’s Music City Roots says Scythian is “what happens when rock star charisma meets Celtic dervish fiddling.” Scythian’s “Immigrant Road Show” also includes Josef Crosby, Tim Hepburn and Larissa Fedoryka, who is the sister of Alex and Danylo.
On Friday, June 17, you can catch Scythian performing live at The Forum in Alexandria, Virginia, and supporting their newest live album. Happy hour is at 7:30 p.m. The opening act, The Duskwhales, is set for 8 p.m. and Scythian will set the stage at 9 p.m.
BUY TICKETS: $12 ADVANCE (thru June 10) | $18 AT DOOR This is an all ages show; younger than 13 is free with an adult ticket.
Featuring Starr Hill Beers and food available from Farm Effect Food Truck, including, flatbread pizza with chicken pesto OR mozzarella & basil on marinara. Burgers, hot dogs, sweet potato fries, Buffalo chicken wrap, guacamole & tortilla chips, hummus and pita chips. Kids menu available.
Scythian is also hosting its second APPALOOSA, a root-based outdoor camping festival near Front Royal, Virginia, on September 5-6, Labor Day Weekend. Front Royal, located an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C., is home of Skyline Drive and part of the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. It is also the canoe capitol of Virginia and the Fedorykas; home town. Visit www.appaloosafestival.com to see the lineup and other information.