Last Sunday's program featured a bunch of very talented kids singing the Ivasiuk classic Vodohrai (Водограй) which translates as "Dance of the Waterfountain."
This tune is from their recently-released CD Усміхнися Сонечко which means "smiling sun" in rough translation.
The CD is a collection of seasonal songs including Миколай (St. Nicholas Day), Mother's Day, Shevchenko, summer, a kolomeyka and a western.
It is an exceptional recording and an absolute delight to listen to. It is on par with any recording of adults and the best ones at that.
The singers are all students of the Metropolitan Andrei Sheptycky Ukrainian School of Montreal. The school has about 100 students ranging in age from 4-17. The singers on this recording were from 4-13. The CD also comes with a pdf of all the song lyrics (in Ukrainian Cyrillic).
The school's singing/music teacher is Vera Kulycky who is well known on Montreal's Ukrainian music scene. She also directs a young girls' trio/sextet who have performed at many local functions as well as the Montreal Ukrainian Festival.
Vera's husband Yourko Kulycky (formerly of the Montreal band 1945) programmed the music, recorded, and mixed the children's album, while Vera arranged and conducted the children in the vocals.
Many thanks to Roman Kostyk of Pryvit for connecting us and making this fabulous CD found its way into the Nash Holos music library.
If you'd like a copy for your own music library, send Vera an email or order through Yevshan.
The CD is $15 and all proceeds go to support the school.