The Guardian festival blog: Dustyesky’s Russian folk songs and accent comedy – it shouldn’t work, but it does | Culture


When Dustyesky first took the stage at dusk on Saturday for Womadelaide, my 14-month-old son raced down the hill towards them at breakneck speed, so overwhelmed was he by the sheer magnetism of their lusty masculinity. Or perhaps because he too has a nascent love for Russian folk music, despite not being Russian or speaking a single word of the language.

That sums up the somewhat gimmicky backstory to Duskyesky, which was formed in Mullumbimby four years ago for the Mullum Music festival by beardy men who bonded together through a shared love of vodka and Russian choral music. Since then the now 28-member choir have become regulars on the festival circuit and become a cult act for Russians amazed and delighted that a bunch of blokes from regional New South Wales are performing their music, even if they’re not entirely sold on the accents.

With a backstory like that, it’s amazing a trend-conscious spirits brand hasn’t…



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