Australia’s own ‘genuine fake’ Russian choir Dustyesky have announced their debut concert appearance at the Sydney Opera House next month.
That’s right, 28 blokes from the Northern Rivers are ready to take Sydney by storm with their rousing renditions of Russian classics.
For those not yet in the know, Dustyesky came to be despite none of its members having any connection to Russia. Against all odds, the group from Mullumbimby joined forces to share beers and sing Russian folk songs.
It wasn’t long before their four-part harmonies and spirited performances caught the attention of fans across the globe, particularly in Russia itself.
So renowned had they become in the ‘mother land’ that the Russian Ministry of Culture invited them to sing in Red Square for the Immortal Regiment at the Grand Victory Day Parade in May of last year.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic got in the way of Dustyesky’s pilgrimage to Russia, but that didn’t stop their pre-recorded performance for the Victory Day telecast from going viral.
Now that gigs are once again a possibility on home soil at least, the group are keen to make their Sydney debut one to remember.
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Previously, Dustyesky have wowed the crowds at the likes of Woodford Folk Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Falls Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide.
The Dustyesky repertoire features show-stopping songs like ‘State Anthem of the Russian Federation’, ‘Orchy Chornye’ ‘The Red Army is the Strongest’ and ‘Kalinka’.
So grab your vodka, borscht and get ready for a one-of-a-kind concert.
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Friday, May 21st
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House presale available from Wednesday, April 21st
General tickets on sale from 9 am, Friday, April 23rd