Monday, August 9, 2010

Eargasmic Ecstasy: Scythian

So, I love music. I can't play an instrument or carry a tune to save my life but second to my love of books and reading is  my love of music! And I love to share my favorite bands. Today, I'd like to introduce you all to Scythian.

This past weekend was the Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio. I go every year. Every day of the festival. Last year, I saw Scythian for the first time and have been a rabid fan ever since!

Scythian are based out of Washington D.C. where they were recently voted Best Band by Washington City Paper. Although based in D.C. they tour, A LOT. Mostly on the eastern seaboard and in the mid west.

Scythian's music is hard to categorize but here's a pretty good description taken from their website:

Rousing and raucous, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility. Take a pair of classically trained dueling fiddlers, toss in a rhythm guitar and the occasional funky accordion, then power it with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist, and you've got the ingredients for a show you won't soon forget. Their high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music has one goal in mind: to get people on their feet and dancing. Their repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary Celtic and folk music to the alluring and dramatic strains of Gypsy and Eastern European tunes, and then crosses back over the border to pick up some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks.

Rousing and raucous is right, Scythian are amazing live performers. Their energy and enthusiasm is infectious and, Irish or not, you'll find yourself jigging right along. Who knew that classically trained musicians could rock your socks off, but Scythian can!

I've enjoyed every single show I've been to, and I think I've seen them seven times total since I first saw them at last year's Irish Fest. Luckily, they make it to Ohio fairly regularly. If they're ever in your city be sure to make it out to their shows. You can check out their touring schedule here.

You can listen to (and purchase) their music on their website. You can also find them on itunes as well! If you're interested in downloading/purchasing any of their music my recommendations would be:
  • Live Vol. 1
  • Live Vol. 2
  • Immigrant Road Show
If you just want to download a few individual songs, some of my favorite tracks include:
  • Hey Mama Ya - Live Vol. 1Jack Dempsey - Live Vol. 2
  • Dance All Night - Live Vol. 1
  • My Son John - Live Vol. 1
  • Hutsulka Ksenia - Live Vol.2
  • Technoccordion - Live Vol.2
  • Tuesday Morning - Immigrant Road Show
  • I Will Go - Immigrant Road Show 
  • Fields of Athenry - Immigrant Road Show
By the way, in addition to being fabulous musicians, did I mention they're, well, hot!?!

Oh, and they're super good to their fans:
(Yea, that's me in the glasses.)

So what are you waiting for? Go check them out!

1 comment:

  1. I'm a recent addict, but it's a fever I never want to recover from LOL. LOVE these books!!! I'm lurking over at GR because I haven't finished the 3 books, but I'll be there soon. I just can't away!


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