The Ukrainian Oldtimers

Turn back the clock, turn back the years. Let's reminisce about the years gone by where perhaps you were once attending a traditional country wedding, a dance or an old fashioned house party. Well what did you experience ? A group of musicians all sitting dressed up in their very best clothing, stirring up attention as they tuned their instruments. Then ! All of a sudden it seemed just like a new world was created they struck up a HOT polka , a waltz, then a foxtrot, a Kolomayka , the butterfly, the chuban , then polkas and more polkas until you literally saw the dust rising off the floor.

Oh ! What an Experience that was ! Don't fret it is not over the same old nostalgia feeling is still here today ! Yes ! It is alive and kickin' by the one group of talented entertainers know to all of us; Down to earth, keen knockin, toe tapping , heel smoking - THE UKRAINIAN OLD TIMERS are a group of inspired musicians that have many years of musical experience & which have all grown up during that nostalgia period. They produce music that is very "unique".

The Ukrainian Old Timers specialize in other music as well. Besides entertaining at social events they are very well known as a "Ukrainian Band Show" which brings them to many festivals across North America. Their recordings are spiced with instruments, vocals, and comedy in the special Ukrainian Oldtimers flavor. The Ukrainian Old Timers music is a musical experience that will bring you countless hours of dancing and listening pleasure. As Well it will turn back time and let you live in the past while enjoying the present. So let your hair down, put your dancing shoes on, hang loose and let it RIP ! Live it up and Enjoy their music at the many live performances or purchase their music on cassette or compact disc to be enjoyed any time ( Each member has approximately 30 years experience in the music field for a combination of 150 years all together. They have a total of 20 albums on the market. Which include mostly original tunes that are written and composed by themselves. They're in the process of producing their 21st Volume and will soon be back in the studio to start creating a new release for the fans to enjoy.

When it comes to Ukrainian music the Ukrainian Oldtimers are as close to becoming an institution as a group of musicians can get. Formed around the musical couple Ness and Linda Shydlowsky, the Ukrainian Old Timers are a standard fixture across Canada’s Ukrainian Festival circuit. The Ukrainian Oldtimers have recorded 20 albums and are currently working on their next.

The Oldtimers evoke the festive spirit of a traditional Ukrainian celebration with dances like the polka, kolomeyka, butterfly, waltz, chuban, and foxtrot. Whether dancing along or simply listening you cannot ignore the happy infectious music of the Old Timers. They are keeping the music alive and well and also nurturing the heart and soul of Ukrainian culture in Canada.

In 1999 the Ukrainian Oldtimers fulfilled a lifelong dream when they toured the Ukraine. They were proudly returning music to the Old Country that had been brought to Canada by Ukrainian Homesteaders a century earlier.

Today the Ukrainian Oldtimers are as busy as ever touring across Canada appearing at Ukrainian festivals in Vegreville, Gardenton, Dryden, and Dauphin. At weddings and special events throughout the year; wherever people are celebrating life in the Ukrainian spirit the Ukrainian Oldtimers will be there.