Celtic Fest staple returns to The Brightside

Dayton Celtic Fest staple Scythian, (left to right) Johnny Rees, Ethan Dean, Alexander Fedoryka and Danylo Fedoryka, perform at The Brightside in Dayton on Saturday, Feb. 22. CONTRIBUTED

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Dayton Celtic Fest staple Scythian, (left to right) Johnny Rees, Ethan Dean, Alexander Fedoryka and Danylo Fedoryka, perform at The Brightside in Dayton on Saturday, Feb. 22. CONTRIBUTED

Scythian has been a Dayton Celtic Fest staple for more than a decade. For the past several years, the genre-bending act has also managed to book another show in town, which brings them back to The Brightside in Dayton on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The group, which formed in 2002 by the Fedoryka brothers, Alexander (fiddle, mandolin, bass, vocals) and Danylo (rhythm guitar, accordion, vocals), features recent additions Ethan Dean (vocals, bass) and Johnny Rees (drums, percussion, vocals).

Danylo was fresh out of the studio and driving west for a visit with his Cleveland-based girlfriend when he called for an update on Scythian.

Testing the limits: "We were in the studio for nine thunderous, 12-hour days. We got everything done. We're really stoked because it's our first album in over five years. It's too early to tell when it will be released but hopefully sometime this spring. We made sure we have Scythian-type tunes for die-hard fans but we're definitely pushing the envelope a little bit. We've grown so much in the last five years so we're going to be challenging people some on this one."

Financial support: "We hit over 40 percent our $35,000 goal three days after we launched the Indiegogo campaign. It has been the coolest thing ever to have our fans be our record label. It's amazing they're helping us fund it so we're trying to find creative ways to offer them different perks. We've hit our mark every time we've done crowdfunding. We truly have the most amazing fans."

Beyond the studio: "It's not just about getting the album recorded anymore. You don't stay relevant if you don't have a music video and you're not on Spotify. There are a lot more things traditional labels pay for and our fans are showing they don't just want the record, they want us to be successful so we can be on the road for years to come."

Wild times: "Coming out of the studio, I haven't been this excited about playing in years. My creative juices are flowing. Our live shows have become way more dynamic. We're down to a four-piece again. We were a four-piece for the first eight years and then for the next seven years we were a five-piece. Now, we're back to a four-piece and somehow that combo has our original energy and that's what Dayton Celtic Festival audiences remember about us is that we were an insanely energetic band and that seems to be back now. Having to fill that extra space awakened our inner wild man instincts."


HOW TO GO

Who: Scythian with the Hussey Brothers

Where: The Brightside, 905 E. Third St., Dayton

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 general admission

More info: 937-410-0450 or www.thebrightsidedayton.com

Artist info: www.scythianmusic.com

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