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
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Europe’s even newer ‘Headache’ – Polish Band Trupa Trupa, reviewed by Ian Mole


Trupa Trupa are a four-piece band from Gdansk, who sing throughout in English. Headache – their third album – was recorded in Gdansk in 2014. Their style is deliberately repetitive, stark and uncommercial. Track titles such as ‘The Sky is Falling’, ‘Getting Older’, ‘Headache’ and ‘Wasteland’ are examples of the sombre flavour of this album…

Ian Mole | 29/02/2016
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The Maciek Pysz Quartet at Pizza Express, reviewed by Depo Olukotun


The Maciek Pysz Quartet, in the intimate setting of the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club, warmed up a chilly Tuesday night. With the strums of Pysz’s flamenco guitar it also placed Europe – perhaps unwittingly – firmly on the menu. The continent – though never specifically mentioned – was a recurrent and edifying theme throughout,…

Depo Olukotun | 27/02/2016
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Ukraine’s Digital-Age Evita: Tina Karol at the Troxy, reviewed by Depo Olukotun


To describe Tina Karol as a Ukrainian national treasure and institution might seem far-fetched, yet Karol’s concert at the Troxy in East London had to be seen to be believed, and the experience warmed up the wintry Saturday evening of January the 30th. Did British legends like Elton John, the Rolling Stones or the recently…

Depo Olukotun | 05/02/2016
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Czech Band Ghost of You: Debut Album ‘Glacier and the City’ reviewed by Ian Mole


This is the debut album by Ghost of You, a young four-piece band from Brno in the Czech Republic and it was released in October 2015. The opener ‘Armenia’ bears many of the hallmarks of their sound, with powerful staccato drums placed well forward in the mix, twangy guitar and washes of synths – as…

Ian Mole | 26/12/2015

Concert: Rachmaninoff and Enescu at Cadogan Hall, reviewed by Lucy Murphy


The Christmas tree that towered over the stage of the Cadogan Hall on 17th December 2015 gave a magical, festive atmosphere to this concert at Cadogan Hall. The Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London had their debut here in 2013, and two years later their reputation for innovative programming and quality performances remains untarnished. Conductor Christopher…

Lucy Murphy | 26/12/2015
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Lőrinc Barabás at the Forge Camden, reviewed by Depo Olukotun


A live music set isn’t often a metaphor for staying power and rising to a challenge, yet Lőrinc Barabás’ appearance at the Forge Camden certainly is. Lőrinc Barabás or Barabás Lőrinc – in Hungary the surname is written first – launching his latest studio album Elevator Dance Music on the night, is a multi-instrumentalist one-man-band:…

Depo Olukotun | 16/12/2015
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Polish Psychedelic Folk Group Księżyc at Cafe OTO, reviewed by Ian Mole


They played for just over an hour without any breaks and mesmerized the vast majority of the audience packed into this small Dalston venue. This Polish five-piece were originally together from 1990 to 1996 but reformed in 2014. Their name means ‘moon’ and appropriately their music is about the symbolism of the moon : femininity,…

Ian Mole | 06/12/2015