We hope you enjoy this collection of ethnic Ukrainian folk songs arranged by Peter [Ukr. Petro] Ivanovich Sahaidachny; the album is dedicated to his father Ivan Sahaidachny and his mother Anastasia Sahaidachny.
The two were born in a small village in the Sumy Oblast
of Ukraine and immigrated to America in 1950, bringing with them these beautiful melodies. In fact, song, dance, and music are intricately interwoven into the fabric of Ukrainian life and the soul of its people. Ivan was born in 1924 and died in 1989. Anastasia, who passed away in late 2012 in Peru, Indiana, has her voice on Volume I. It is interesting to note that she was 80 years old at the time these songs were recorded.
The name Sahaidachny can be traced back to the early 1600’s when the Cossacks were led by Hetman Petro Konashevich Sahaidachny. Also, credit is given to Peter Jeshua Sahaidachny, a.k.a. Petro Petrovich Sahaidachny, the son of Petro Ivanovich Sahaidachny, for generating the idea for this musical project.
Finally, here is a list of all the people who contributed their time and effort toward the realization of this musical journey:
- Anastasia Kondrativna Sahaidachny - vocals
- Petro Ivanovich Sahaidachny - vocals, bandura, guitar, balalaika, mandolin, accordion
- Nicholas Ivanovich Sahaidachny - vocals, guitar
- Petro Petrovich Sahaidachny - vocals, piano, percussion
- Karen Countryman - tambourine
- Jessica Kaihoi - vocals, album artwork
- Roman Ceasar & Jon Evans of MarmaLaide Studios - mastering
You can contact Brother's Ivan by using the online form here.