Sunday, January 7, 2018

Living Heritage Podcast Ep095 Ukrainian Christmas with Brian Cherwick

In this episode of the Living Heritage podcast, we’re celebrating Ukrainian Christmas! Folklorist Terra Barrett sits down with storyteller, musician, and ethnomusicologist Brian Cherwick of The Kubasonics to talk about this festive day! Learn about some special Christmas traditions, keeping evil spirits at bay, and why some Newfoundland plumbers thought there was a serious problem with Brian's kitchen ceiling!

Brian Cherwick specializes in east European traditional music, diaspora cultures, ethnic identity, music industry, material culture and oral history. His dissertation focused on the influences of social conditions and popular music on the development of Ukrainian traditional music in western Canada. He is currently researching the ethnic commercial recording industry in Canada. Dr. Cherwick has taught at the University of Alberta and Athabasca University and worked as a researcher for the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village in Alberta and for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. He is also active as a performer, composer and music educator and has appeared in performances and conducted seminars and workshops throughout North America and Europe.

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The Living Heritage Podcast is about people who are engaged in the heritage and culture sector, from museum professionals and archivists, to tradition bearers and craftspeople - all those who keep heritage alive at the community level. The show is a partnership between HFNL and CHMR Radio. Past episodes hosted on Libsyn, and you can subscribe via iTunes, or Stitcher. Theme music is Rythme Gitan by Latché Swing.

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