Singer/songwriter and musician Alexis Kochan is of Ukraine descent, and utilizes her roots in intense and interesting ways with this world music ensemble. Their three recordings are each distinctive, utilizing similar roots but often different approaches.
This 2000 album includes Ukrainian roots from Julian Kytasty on bandura and sopilka. Martin Colledge plays cittern, mandolin, Northumbrian small pipes, and banjo, Richard Moody contributes voila, violin, and guitar, and Nenad Zdjelar on double bass on "Prairie Nights."
The RootsWorld review of Prairie Nights
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|" This is an intriguing and artful release from Canadian singer Alexis Kochan and her band. The songs are based on ancient Ukrainian tunes, pre-Christian ritual music, and medieval chants. Kochan has a deep, rich, almost operatic voice that she uses to great effect on these evocative songs. Steering clear of vocal histrionics, she meticulously and thoughtfully crafts each performance.... It's a rare and wonderful thing to find a disc so painstakingly constructed yet so emotionally satisfying." - Peggy Latkovich, RootsWorld|
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