World Music \ Roots \ Folk
The Kubasonics are arguably Newfoundland’s finest Ukrainian band. Winners of three 2017 MusicNL Awards (Group of the Year, Folk/Roots Artist of the Year, The Overcast Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year), their trademark sound combines top-flight musicianship spiced with quirky humour, a dizzying array of exotic traditional instruments, and an eclectic high-energy stage show. They have appeared across Canada, and in March 2017 they performed and recorded in Trinidad as part of the Club One New Releases program. In summer 2017 they completed a three-week tour of Eastern Europe, with concerts in Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia and Romania. Their 2018 tour will take them to all parts of Canada, including performances at the Mariposa Folk Festival, Stanfest, Kingsville Folk Festival, Summerfolk and the NL Folk Festival, along with club and theatre dates.
The Kubasonics’ most recent CD “Kubfunland” takes listeners on a wild ride through a variety of musical styles and textures. The repertoire draws on a wealth of Ukrainian traditional material ranging from centuries old chants, ritual dance melodies, songs of love and troubled relationships, toe-tapping party music, and even a set of Newfoundland dance tunes. All are given a refreshingly new interpretation in the Kubasonics’ arrangements. “Kubfunland” was selected to the short list for the 2017 Borealis Music Award.
The Kubasonics have been featured on national Radio and TV broadcasts, including a television documentary based on their original song “Giants of the Prairies.” Their original song “Billy Mosienko” was played during the opening of Hockey Night in Canada, while other songs are included on a variety of compilations, most notably the song “Polka from Lviv” on Alberta: Wild Roses and Northern Lights on the Smithsonian Folkways label.