Your Appaloosa Festival hosts, Washington, D.C.-based Scythian, began over a dozen years ago as a bunch of college buddies playing Celtic music in the streets, and has grown to be a headliner on the U.S. Celtic Festival Circuit, as well as a name in the Bluegrass/Americana Festival Circuit. Their brand of high-energy folk music found a resonance that led The Washington Post to state: “Scythian’s enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around or hoisting glasses.” Scythian has found success as an independent band, having played 1,300+ shows all over the United States, Europe, Canada, and as far aways as Australia.
Founded by brothers Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka who are first-generation sons of Ukrainian immigrants, Scythian from the start has been a search and love for the "old time, good time music" of many cultures. Their success as an independent band is due largely to their finding a resonance of soul amongst kindred spirits, that spans all ages and races. This spirit took them from the streets to playing for the U.S. president on St. Patrick's Day, and it's the enthusiastic response they receive that has made each of their shows unique.
The calling card of Scythian is their ability to engage their audience, no matter the venue or circumstance - and truly every Scythian shows ends with people dancing, smiling, and covered with sweat. This is best summed up by The Camel-City Dispatch (Winston-Salem, NC): “[Scythian gives] no quarter in their quest to entertain and bring a joy to their music that gives it an irony-free, wide open feel of manic possibility. The playing is technically brilliant, but it is the energy that carries the day."