“Dustyesky” has won over fans from Sydney to Sochi with renditions of traditional Russian folk songs.
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The idea of starting a Russian choir in rural Australia began as a vodka-fueled lark, but five years on a rag-tag bunch of farmers, lawyers and laborers have become unlikely international folk heroes.Swain said he offered to set up the 28-strong cult act in 2014 when a friend who runs the town's music festival complained he would love to feature a Russian choir at the event but couldn't afford to fly one in.Their name, Dustyesky, is a Dostoevsky-inspired merging of "dusty" and "esky" -- an Australian brand of insulated coolers often used on construction sites and at barbecues. And although one member introduces their songs in a fake Russian accent, the choir also has a more serious side.
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