The Wedding Present

The Complete Ukrainian John Peel Sessions

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The Wedding Present guitarist Peter Solowka, whose father is Ukrainian, used to play a Ukrainian folk tune called "Hopak" to entertain his friends. When he did so during a radio session the band was recording for the BBC Radio 1 John Peel show, they decided to record the song for the session. The song was received well and, fired by Solowka's enthusiasm, the band decided to dedicate another Peel session to Ukrainian folk songs. Because none of them could sing Ukrainian to any acceptable degree, they decided to invite fellow Leeds musician "The Legendary" Len Liggins of The Sinister Cleaners, who had read Russian at University, to sing and play various instruments.

The resulting Peel session's broadcast provoked a reaction of Hang the Dance! member Roman Remeynes, himself fluent in Ukrainian, who jokingly accused the band of bastardising the music. This led to him being invited to join as well for a second Ukrainian-themed Peel session. By this time, original Wedding Present drummer Shaun Charman had been replaced with Simon Smith, coincidentally an ex-Sinister Cleaner himself.

Includes all 3 John Peel sessions re-mastered for the first time.


1. Давні Часи Davni Chasy (2nd Session Recorded 15.03.88)
2. Через Річку, Через Гай Cherez Richku, Cherez Hai (3rd Session Recorded 02.05.89)
3. Світить Місяць Svitit Misyats (1st Session Recorded 06.10.87)
4. Тютюнник Tiutiunnyk (1st Session Recorded 06.10.87)
5. Задумав Дідочок Zadumav Didochok (2nd Session Recorded 15.03.88)
6. Їхав Козак За Дунай Yikhav Kozak Za Dunai (1st Session Recorded 06.10.87)
7. Гуде Дніпро Гуде Hude Dnipro Hude (1st Session Recorded 06.10.87)
8. Катруся Katrusya (1st Session Recorded 06.10.87)
9. Вася - Васильок Vasya Vasilyok (2nd Session Recorded 15.03.88)
10. Серцем I Душею Sertsem I Dusheyu (3rd Session Recorded 15.03.89)
11. Завтра Zavtra (3rd Session Recorded 15.03.89)
12. Верховино Verkhovyno (2nd Session Recorded 15.03.88)

Sessions 1 + 2 Recorded At BBC Maida Vale Studio 4 And Session 3 At Wessex Studios, London.

- Interview With David Gedge, Peter Solowka And Len Liggins By Ken Garner (author Of The Definitive BBC John Peel Sessions Book 'In Session Tonight') At The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 10.11.2018
- The Wedding Present Performing 'Vasya Vasilyok' And 'Hude Dnipro Hude' At Leeds Polytechnic 28.04.1989
- The Wedding Present Performing 'Verkhovyno' On BBC 2's 'On A Personal Note' 23.09.1988
- The Ukrainians Performing 'Davni Chasy' At The 'At The Edge Of The Sea' Festival, Brighton 28.08.2010.

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