Artists Announced for Special Tribute Concert Salute Ukraine at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall

The weekend of February 24th 2023, sees the anniversary of the war in Ukraine, and Edinburgh will host events to show its solidarity. These will culminate on February 26th at the Usher Hall with a special, one-night-only event, a tribute concert produced by Matthew Zajac and AUGB (Associations of Ukrainians in Great Britain) Edinburgh with support from Usher Hall and Edinburgh City Council called SALUTE UKRAINE!

The show’s ticket price is low. This is not a fundraiser, but a coming together of many hundreds of displaced Ukrainians along with Scots.

SALUTE UKRAINE! will feature video messages from the frontline and from displaced Ukrainians currently living in Scotland alongside a programme of music and poetry from Ukrainian and Scottish artists. It follows the highly successful fundraiser, WITH LOVE TO UKRAINE, which played to a packed Eden Court Theatre in Inverness in November:

Confirmed artists for SALUTE UKRAINE! include:

Lau – 4-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Band of the Year Winners

Karine Polwart – BAFTA Nominated singer/songwriter and Five-times winner at The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Elzara Batalova – Crimean singer with her band – Andy Thorburn, Aidan O’rourke, Robin Abbot, Jonny Hardie, Derek Urquhart

Kathleen Jamie – Scotland’s Makar

Oksana Mavrodii – Ukrainian Opera star

James Robertson – with Aidan O’Rourke & Jonny Hardie – 365 – One of Scotland’s greatest living novelists, two of Scotland’s great folk musicians

Toma Butko – Ukrainian Indy singer-songwriter

Jim Mackintosh – the Perthshire Bard

Ross Ainslie – Scottish Piper

Su-A Lee & Hamish Napier – Cello & flute/keyboard duo

Iona Zajac – Rising indy-folk star

Edinburgh Ukrainian Choir

SALUTE UKRAINE! is hosted by Tanya Balanova and actor Matthew Zajac (The Tailor of Inverness).

 Further names of participating artists will be released in the coming weeks.

Venue: Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Date: Sunday 26 February 2023

Time: 7.00pm

Tickets: £10

Running time: 140 minutes

Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Irene Brown

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