The Kubasonics are arguably
Newfoundland's finest Ukrainian band.
The Kubasonics are arguably Newfoundland's finest Ukrainian band. This ever-evolving group boldly goes where others fear to tread. Their trademark sound combines top-flight musicianship spiced with quirky humour, a dizzying array of exotic traditional instruments, and an eclectic high-energy stage show.
The Kubasonics have appeared in concerts and festivals in 9 of Canada's provinces and territories. In the spring of 2017 they performed and recorded in Trinidad as part of the Club One New Releases series. Their 2017 summer tour included stops in Montreal and Ottawa followed by a 3-week tour of Eastern Europe with concerts in Ukraine, Romania, Poland and Slovakia and culminating with a headline spot at the Toronto Ukrainian Festival (North America’s largest). They’ve been nominated for 3 MusicNL Awards (Group of the Year, Folk/Roots Artist of the Year, The Overcast Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year). In addition, they’ve performed throughout Newfoundland including at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, the Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival, and Lawnya Vawnya.
The Kubasonics have enjoyed many great successes. In the spring of 2017 they released their newest recording, “Kubfunland.” Their previous four CDs have been broadcast on four continents and they’ve been featured on national CBC Radio and TV broadcasts, including a television documentary based on their original song "Giants of the Prairies." Their original song "Billy Mosienko" was played during the opening of Hockey Night in Canada on the 50th anniversary of Mosienko's record-breaking hat-trick. Other songs have been included on various compilations, most notably the song "Polka from Lviv" on Alberta: Wild Roses and Northern Lights on the Smithsonian Folkways label.
The Kubasonics are (L-R) -
Darren "Boobie" Browne - guitar
Maria Cherwick - violin, vocals
Brian Cherwick - accordion, tsymbaly (hammered dulcimer), assorted other Ukrainian folk weirdness and vocals
Matt Hender - bass, vocals
Jacob Cherwick - drums, vocals