Incidentals played traditional Ukrainian songs from all parts of that biggest country in Europe at a charity event on 7 August. The evening, held in Roomfield Baptist Church, was organised by Anna Glew (née Smolska), a Ukrainian expatriate.
We donned Ukrainian clothes, including the most gorgeous blouses hand-embroidered by Oxana’s late Grandmother Evfrosinia.
All proceedings have been donated to a charity called Love Has No Borders.
Volunteers help families in Eastern Ukraine who find it hard to cope with the present situation caused by the conflict between the Ukrainian government and self-proclaimed independent republics on the border with Russia.
The conflict has had some attention in Western media for a while, but now the interest has subsided.
Nevertheless, military actions are still taking place.
According to the UN, 5 million people have been negatively affected by the crisis.
Ania has prepared a multi media presentation, which took the attendees through the troubles history of Ukraine, from the early times to the more recent events of the 20th century.
Incidentals and Ania jointly performed a range of Ukrainian songs from Eastern, Central and Western regions of Ukraine.
The audience helped by providing percussion with shakers.
The songs talked of love, war, gains and losses.
Some were tragic, some lyrical, some humorous.
Everyone joined in exclaiming “U-ha-ha!” at the Choruses of the song dedicated to dumplings – one of Ukrainians’ favourite dishes.
Incidentals are determined to keep Ukrainian songs in our repertoire.