As featured on ABC TV’s Australian Story, don’t miss the choir dubbed the ‘Most Handsome Russian Male Choir to be seen in the Southern Hemisphere’, when they appear at the Brunswick Ballroom as part of the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival from 2 – 4 April. (Update – Melbourne show’s postponed – see below)
When 28 bearded blokes from the Northern Rivers coastal community of Mullumbimby came together to share beers and sing Russian songs, something extraordinary – and frankly bizarre – happened, and Dustyesky was born.
None of them have a connection to Russia or even speak the language, yet Dustyesky has gained global notoriety, and stardom in the motherland, for their spirited renditions of Red Army and traditional Russian folk songs.
Performing in four-part harmonies with gusto and élan, Dustyesky has amazed crowds at Woodford Folk Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Falls Festival, Melbourne Fringe and most recently WOMADelaide – becoming instant festival icons with their extraordinarily powerful voices, potent masculinity and rustic charm.
The Dustyesky repertoire features the unforgettable State Anthem of the Russian Federation, alongside such classics as Orchy Chornye, The Red Army is the Strongest and Kalinka, amidst lesser-known, no less breathtaking show-stoppers.
The secret of Dustyesky is lost in the misty undergrowth of the famous Mullumgrad hinterland. Like the recipe for gherkin liqueur, the magic of our music lies in the heart of all of us, but never one man alone.
As rough as a sawmiller’s beard yet as gentle as his touch, Dustyesky is elusive yet eternal. Like the wind of the Siberian steppes, we shall blow within you forever. Your heart will soar. You will smile and cry for sure.
Don’t miss their Australian concert tour debut as they sing with pride, love, and respect, but not without a rich vein of humour and vitality.
Brunswick Ballroom, 314 – 316 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Performances: 2 – 4 April 2021
Information and Bookings: www.brunswickballroom.com.au
Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performance: Monday 5 April 2021
Information and Bookings: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Image: Dustyesky (supplied)
UPDATE: Due to the Covid-19 situation in Northern NSW, unfortunately the Melbourne Dustyesky shows have been postponed- rescheduled show details will be announced soon!