ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Delivery Boy’ by Kállay-Saunders Band


András Kállay-Saunders is thirty-one years old, and born in NYC to a Hungarian mother and an American father, who was Lou Reed’s bass-player for many years. Kállay-Saunders now lives in Hungary after representing them in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest – but there’s nothing particularly Hungarian about this album. It comprises eleven well-performed and well-produced…

Ian Mole | 24/09/2016

Album Review: ‘Velesu’ by Tomáš Kočko & Orchestra


Also known as Tom Cat, Tomáš Kočko is a songwriter, film and opera director, an actor and a researcher into Moravian artistic history and religion. The nine tracks on Velesu, his ninth album, were produced and almost entirely composed by him. The lyrics are all sung in Czech and thematically this collection deals with the…

Ian Mole | 23/07/2016
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CONCERT REVIEW: ‘Scores for Scores’ by the Bega Blues Band at Rich Mix Shoreditch


After the tension of three Euro 2016 footballs matches back to back, the Bega Blues Band – on Wednesday 15th June – was thankfully on hand to defuse the evening at Richmix Shoreditch. The Bega Blues Band’s sound was unapologetically steeped in its genre’s roots and reminded us of the merits of what would now…

Depo Olukotun | 20/06/2016

REVIEW – TiK: Marrying the strange bedfellows of pop and (Ukrainian) history


The spirited Tik concert at London’s Scala Kings Cross crowned the unofficial Ukrainian week of music. Still high from winning the Eurovision song contest, the mainly Ukrainian crowd were jubilantly clapping and jumping around – their take on dancing – to the brass of the ensemble and vocal displays of Tik’s frontman Viktor Broniuk, an…

Depo Olukotun | 21/05/2016
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Review: Gypsy Fever at the Forge, Camden – healing the wounds of Former Yugoslavia


In football terminology it was very much a gig of two halves. The first set, which lasted an hour and a quarter, was comprised of songs from former Yugoslavia whose subject matter was often on the lugubrious side. But the much shorter second set consisted of fast-paced dance music that had most of the audience…

Ian Mole | 13/05/2016

Volya Male Voice Choir and Podilya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, reviewed by Ian Mole


The audience at the London Ukrainian Club were, on 12th March 2016,  entertained by the Volya Male Voice Choir and Podilya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, which had travelled down from their base in Manchester. There was something of a family atmosphere in the hall as, over two hours, we were given a short series of dances alternating…

Ian Mole | 14/03/2016
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Live Event: Ukrainian Supergroup S.K.A.Y. reviewed by Ian Mole


This was clearly more than just a gig; it was a celebration of being Ukrainian. S.K.A.Y were given a great reception at 229 The Venue when they took to the stage and the audience lapped up their show not only for the songs, which clearly meant a lot to them. It was also for the opportunity…

Ian Mole | 01/03/2016