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Twist on The Beatles tribute act comes to Preston

Posted on - 22nd February, 2017 - 11:50am | Author - | Posted in - Events, Music, University
Leonty Usov, sculptor, project director Andrey Olear from Tomsk State, writer and musician Yuliy Burkin and Miroslav Kuzliaev, balalaika musician
Leonty Usov, sculptor, project director Andrey Olear from Tomsk State, writer and musician Yuliy Burkin and Miroslav Kuzliaev, balalaika musician

It’s a case of Back to the USSR for a free show at Preston’s university – with a Beatles tribute act with a twist.

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Balalaikas are a Russian tribute act to the Fab Four and perform all their hits in Russian.

Musicians from Russian University Tomsk State use a balalaika guitar famously mentioned in the Beatles’ 1968 hit Back in the USSR.

The free gig, at the Greenbank lecture theatre, is pto promote Russian studies at the University of Central Lancashire.

Project director Andrey Olear said: “We are visiting under the leadership of Julius Burkin; writer, musician, translator and teacher at Tomsk State who wrote a book around 20 years ago that attracted a cult following amongst Russian Beatles fans. Julius sincerely believes that the creativity of The Beatles bridges British and Russian cultures and through a mutual love of the band, we have something to share and enjoy.”

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As well as hearing The Beatles’ songs in a new language visitors can also join a discussion about the significance of the band in Russia.

Lecturer in Russian studies at UCLan Dr Olga Tabachnikova said: We’re very excited to host our Russian guests and allow Beatles’ fans to enjoy the band’s music in a completely new way. Russian Studies at UCLan is a fast developing subject and it has become our tradition to host inspiring cultural events that bridge the gap between Russia and the West.”

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The free gig is from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday (28 February) and there’s no need to book.

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