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Thursday, 29 September 2005

Sonia Lee Makes a Trip Home to Ukraine to See Family, and Play a Free Concert at an Area School

/UCWE/ - This week, recording artist Sonia Lee returns to her musical and family roots with a visit to Ukraine. She will be doing a concert at an area school, where her grandfather attended as a boy. Sonia will also be connecting with her family still living in Ukraine.
    
Sonia Lee’s first CD, “From the Heart”, is a collection of traditional Ukrainian folk songs from her youth, made fresh and new with the help of music producer, Kim McLean, for Hippie Chick Twang Records. They’ve collaborated recently on a new folk project, this time in English, called “True”. The new CD consists mostly of Sonia Lee’s original songs, and will be released November 1st.
    
Regarding her trip to Ukraine, where she will be accompanied by her mother and brother, Sonia says, “I’ll get to see my dozens of cousins!”
    
Her Ukrainian heritage and culture are very important to her. Growing up in a Ukrainian family, attending Ukrainian summer camp with other children like her, was an annual custom. In fact, it was in those camps, Sonia Lee learned all the traditional folk dances and songs.
    
Interestingly enough, it was at camp one summer, when the hired guitar player didn’t return for her job with the singers, Sonia Lee bravely stepped in learning enough guitar chords that week to get the singers through a week of songs. Those very songs became the favorites Sonia recorded for her first Hippie Chick Twang release as an artist.
    
From her recollections of loud smiling Ukrainians at their local hall to learning the ancient art of pysanke, Sonia Lee is proud of her beautiful Ukrainian legacy. Her trip to Ukraine is not just a vacation trip. For Sonia Lee, a trip to Ukraine….is a trip home!

For bookings or for airplay/review copies of Sonia Lee music, please contact Hippie Chick Twang at 615-244-4422. Her website is www.sonialee.net .


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