The up-tempo string band Scythian makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Featuring twin fiddles and energy to spare, Scythian sets itself apart from other traditional bands by blending Celtic music and bluegrass with touches of French Canadian, zydeco and gypsy styles, a product of founder Alexander Fedoryka's Ukrainian ancestry.
Hailing from around Washington, D.C., Fedoryka is joined by his brother Danylo on guitar and accordion, Josef Crosby on fiddle and bass, Andrew Toy on drums and Ben-David Warner on just about every other stringed instrument imaginable. Scythian's raucous four-song set brings the Morgantown audience to its feet — not just at the end of the performance, but throughout.
This show originally aired November 18, 2011.