“The secret of Dustyesky is lost in the misty undergrowth of famous Mullumgrad hinterland. Like the recipe for gherkin liqueur, the magic of our music lies in the heart of all of us, but never one man alone. Your heart will soar. You will smile and cry. For sure. As rough as sawmiller’s beard as gentle as his touch, Dustyesky is elusive yet eternal..."
It’s hard to imagine 28 men meeting every week in Mullumbimby to share beers and sing Russian songs. None of them have a connection to Russia, or speak the language, yet Dustyesky have gained notoriety nationally and in the motherland for their stunning renditions of Red Army and traditional folk songs.
Performing in four-part harmonies with gusto and élan, Dustyesky have amazed crowds at Woodford Folk Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Falls Festival, Bello Winter Music, The Melba Spiegeltent and most recently WOMADelaide - becoming festival icons with their extraordinary voices, dapper looks and sweltering charm. The choir have been deemed the most handsome Russian male choir to be seen in the South.
They sing with love and respect, but not without a rich vein of humour and vitality running throughout their shows.
“There’s something weirdly great about a bunch of Byron shire lads singing in Russian at Womadelaide.
When Dustyesky first took the stage at dusk on Saturday for Womadelaide, my 14-month-old son raced down the hill towards them at breakneck speed, so overwhelmed was he by the sheer magnetism of their lusty masculinity.
Or perhaps because he too has a nascent love for Russian folk music, despite not being Russian or speaking a single word of the language...”
- THE GUARDIAN (WOMAD Review)