A Ukrainian- Canadian band with a musically unbroken link. Party Time Orchestra (PTO) focuses their band on the first immigrants that traveled across Europe and over half of the continent by train and wagon to homestead in the Dauphin/Parkland region. The group consists of six members from the Parkland area.
Cliff Hadway started playing with his father, Morris and his brother, Ray. Cliff is mulit-instrumentalist and he was the main fiddler for many years, but now plays the hammered dulcimer (cybali), built by his father.
Haydn Hadway continues the fiddle legacy, as this 19-year-old man, started playing at the age of six. He has since revived and reinvigorated PTO with his youthful enthusiasm and charismatic stage presence.
Syd Puchailo, who plays the guitar, is the anchor of PTO’s rhythm section. His vocals are the “root” sound of Ukrainian-Canadian music. He dedicates his songs to the memory of Peter Hnatiuk, a seminal Ukrainian recording artist.
Jim Symchych is a drummer par excellence. Jim has done it all, jazz, rock, country, you name it! He cherishes his Ukrainian heritage and adds his extraordinary percussive talent with a new twist.
Don Kuchman started out on violin and was greatly influenced by his grandfather Yasko Tarnowski who played at weddings and functions in the Ashville/Venlaw/Gilbert Plains area. Don sings and plays the bouzouki and guitar.
Patty Andriechuk is PTO’s newest member and our inimitable lady of song. Patty began her musical career wit the family band in Southern Manitoba. She plays vintage precision bass and signs with verve and feeling; you will feel hints of Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris.