The Ukrainians

The Ukrainians bring their mix of Eastern Folk and Western Rock to Centrala. Expect a lively night focussing on traditional melodies played in a frenzied rock style.
Now in their 30th year – they will be preforming the best songs from their 8 studio albums.

For three decades ‘The Ukrainians’ have been performing their unique mix of Ukrainian roots and western rock all over the world. All the important details of their musical journey are found below, including their origins in UK indie band ‘The Wedding Present’. The Ukrainians were formed in 1990 by Wedding Present guitarist Peter Solowka, with singer/violinist Len Liggins and mandolin player Roman Remeynes, after all three had played on the Wedding Present’s Ukrainian John Peel Sessions recordings. Following the success of that release, the trio began composing and recording in Ukrainian as a separate band.

In 1991, their first EP, Oi Divchino, was awarded Single of the Week by British music weekly, NME. Notably, the video for this release was filmed in pre-revolution Kiev making them the first western band to produce a video entirely in Eastern Europe.

Since 1991, the band have released five studio albums as well as various live albums and EPs, all without chart success in the UK. They continue to tour regularly, especially in Poland and England. They celebrated 20 years of the band in 2011 with a tour of British Ukrainian clubs.