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Scythian to wrap up St. Patrick’s Day 2017 ‘Border Scramble’ tour on storied Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

MerleFest fan-favorite Scythian is launching its “Board Scramble Tour” this week just in time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2017. When you’re a Celtic rock band, St. Patrick’s Day is your Super Bowl and this year is no exception for the Washington, D.C.-based group.

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On Huffington Post: Got joy? Watch the premiere of the Melmark Joybells video ‘Ooh La La’

When is the last time you felt joy? I mean pure, unadulterated joy? As adults, the kind of joy we experienced as children just swinging on the playground or spinning around on a merry-go-round can be as elusive as buying that winning lottery ticket. This post also appears on The Huffington Post blog here.

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Don’t miss Will Overman Band and Carbon Leaf at Richmond’s The National on Saturday, Dec. 17

Treat yourself (and preferably someone else) to the gift of music this holiday season and make plans to catch two of Virginia’s hottest up-and-coming acts — Will Overman Band and Carbon Leaf — on Saturday, Dec. 17, at The National,  708 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia.

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Lowland Hum returns to its roots on fourth album, ‘Thin,’ set for release Feb. 10, 2017

It’s safe to say that in the cacophony that has been this political season, we are all looking for some peace.

“It’s such a noisy time in history, people want something quieter,” says Daniel Goans, one half of the duo that makes up Lowland Hum.

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On Huffington Post: Little Hill Trio to release first CD at Appaloosa Fest over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-4

This post also appeared on The Huffington Post here.
Scythian fans are most likely already aware the Celtic rock band and Merlefest fan favorite is hosting its second annual Appaloosa D.C.’s Roots Music Festival  over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-4, 2016, featuring 40-plus bands on five stages plus musical workshops by top artists.
In addition to Scythian, headliners include The Black LilliesMipso, Penny and Sparrow, Marie Miller, Humming HouseBilly Strings, The Accidentals and Lowland Hum, among others.


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Scythian to perform at The Forum on Friday, June 17, in Arlington, Virginia

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.”

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Will Overman Band brings back Southern Fried Rock with self-titled debut album release

Southern fried rock. For me, KTel defined it in a 1980 album with songs from The Marshall Tucker Band and Blackfoot, among many others.

I still have the vinyl, which I nearly wore out.

Will Overman and his band, with the exception of uber-talented drummer Chris Helms — think Sebastian Bach in the Gilmore Girls’ Hep Alien band — weren’t born until a few decades after my KTel find.

The debut album by Will Overman Band, released June 4, is the epitome of that Southern fried rock. The kind of music I played incessantly on the first stereo turntable I bought with my first paycheck — hard-earned during the long, hot summer of ’79 picking berries on an experimental farm in Washington state.

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