“We are choir born for pandemics, most infectious choir on the planet right now,” says Mark Swivel, the brains behind “Dustyesky” the Russian choir from Mullumbimby.
No, not Dostoievsky: Dusty + Esky, the much-loved coolbox used to keep your beer cool.
In his impressive fake Russian accent, master of ceremonies for the choir, Mark Swivel, explains: “Dustyesky is the leading genuine fake Russian choir in southern hemisphere.We are 28 men, middle-aged, very hairy, and we all live outside the tiny little hamlet of Mullumbimby or, as we call it, Mullumgrad.
Who would have thought a choir of Australian blokes who don’t speak Russian (but do like vodka) would be invited to perform Russian songs at the Victory Day Parade in Red Square? If it hadn’t been for the coronavirus, they would have appeared there on May 9th. And Mark plans to take it further:
“We invite President Putin to come to Mullumgrad to hang out in the river together. We take off our shirts and cover ourselves in macadamia butter and see what happens,” he says.
You can hear Dustyesky here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pduBdD5hbyY
and read all about them here: