By Leanne Knibb
Dark Patrick is a band from Ukraine, who has been touring the UK over the last couple of months.
“We had the opportunity to perform at some festivals in the UK, so we came.” – Paul
Since beginning their tour in June at the Jude Ant Festival, Dark Patrick has so far performed in Pontypridd, Llanberris, Telford Warehouse in Chester, and International GIG Fest, in Oswestry. I was fortunate to see them in Aberystwyth, when they performed at the Flood Relief Benefit, which was set up to raise money for the flood victims of the Aberystwyth Floods back in June.
The Ukrainian/English duo, Paul Chilton and Eva Purpurovska, met ten years ago in Kyiv, Ukraine. And once discovering their keen interests in music, began to perform together.
“We swapped our favourite CDs and played and listened to music together in a charity run youth centre/cafe where I worked. Evgenia played on the Bandura and introduced me to traditional Ukrainian music and singing. Later we travelled on folklore expeditions to the Carpathian Mountains in the West of Ukraine.” – Paul
Ever since, their passion for music has leaded them onto the path of producing some quite unique sounds. It is hard to describe their style of music, so much so that even Dark Patrick find it hard to when asked.
“That’s a very difficult question for us which so far we have failed to answer adequately. Any help and advice would be appreciated.” – Paul
With the use of various instruments like, the Hurdy-Gurdy, Bandura, Uilleann pipes, electronic sounds, atmospheric pads, and rhythms, combined with the spoken word and haunting vocals in English and Irish; Dark Patrick create something that is quite mythical, with ethnic rhythms and haunting Celtic sounds, wrapped in trance undertones.
“Our biggest influence has been traditional Ukrainian music but we have mixed this up with our favourite music from other countries and times especially music from the late 60s and 70s, but also reggae and dub, blues, and more recently trip-hop, psy trance and idm…For a while we were interested in Celtic music especially old style singing, which also has its place in our repertoire. In fact we listen to a huge amount of music and this of course has had its influence on our creations.” – Eva
“We are constantly trying out new things and 80% we throw away.” – Paul
Dark Patrick’s sounds have a sense of purity; freedom and fun to it, something that you feel both Paul and Eva are true believers of. Even their name, Dark Patrick, has a deep significant meaning to it.
“Dark Patrick was a potato farmer who lived in Ireland. He is a very strange and special character and there are a lot of tales about his remarkable wisdom, humility and kindness. Dark Patrick’s humble mountain wisdom saved his country more than once when all the Kings wise men and counsellors were unable to help. Dark Patrick is a symbol of freedom, he always returned to his mountain home in preference to a high position in service of the King. He was happy and free and we like that.” – Eva
When they performed at the Aberystwyth Flood Relief Benefit, no one quite knew what to expect. But as soon as they began to perform and their music built up filling the room, the chattering amongst people began to grow silent, as everyone focused on Dark Patrick. Their music completely changed the atmosphere to the room, as their music almost penetrated through you, but not in a bad way. The music started of quite mystical, and haunting, but as their set moved on the rhythms began to change, and you were presented with very trance style music. At this point Paul came down to the audience, getting them up to dance and fill the space in front of the stage. It was almost as if trying to get people to engage in their joy of freedom, and to let go those inhibitions and just simply enjoy themselves. Dark Patrick definitely brought a sense of joy to the room.
“It was a totally spontaneous decision to play at Aberystwyth but we especially enjoyed it. The atmosphere and audience were great!” – Paul
“And on the 31st of August we are returning to Aberystwyth for a gig at R.A.F.A Club, where we will be presenting our new Album.” – Eva
Speaking of their tour how has a band from the Ukraine found the live music scene in the UK, and how does it compare to the Ukraine?
“We are really pleased with how the tour is going. Audiences in the UK have been really receptive and every concert brings new friends and lots of positive emotions. In the UK musicians from other countries are received very well.” – Paul
“In Ukraine right now there is a very hard economic and political situation. There are a lot of talented bands and musicians just like in the UK only there are far less opportunities in Ukraine. In the UK there are a lot of festivals, music venues and promoters. The musical industry is well developed here.” – Eva
Dark Patrick is still touring around the UK and can next be seen at Gaunts House Summer Gathering Festival, South of England, and A Journey into Steampunk Festival at the Workhouse near Oswestry, as well as R.A.F.A Club in Aberystwyth.
Their album, Rise of the Underworld, will be available to buy after their launch of the Album at the Aberystwyth Gig on the 31st August 2012. Rise of the Underworld will then later become available to download from; CDBay, Itunes and Spotify. Also, those of you who live in the UK will be able to buy copies from their gigs, or from: www.cdunsiged.com
You can listen to a sample of their music here: Blessed Strangers
If you would like to get Dark Patrick to venue near you, you can contact them via:
Their Website: http://www.darkpatrick.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/darkpatrickband