VEGREVILLE CULTURAL ASSOCIATION
UKRAINIAN MUSIC HALL OF HONOUR INDUCTEE 2018
Paul Chychul was born July 11, 1937. He was the second youngest in a family of 8 children. He grew up on a farm north or Myrnam Alberta.
There was always music and instruments in Paul's family and they always had a family orchestra. His mother played guitar and sang and his father played stand up bass and violin, until he lost his right arm in a farming accident. After that Paul and his siblings took over the family orchestra.
Paul learned to play the dulcimer at about 11 years of age and started playing in the family band at 14 years old.
In 1956 when Paul was 19 years old he moved to Edmonton and met Mike Stolarchuk, who had formed the band The Northern Troubadours. They played mostly weekends at different functions and even toured one week with CFCW's Dan Chomlak through Saskatchewan, and as far as Dauphin, Manitoba. Paul retired from the Northern Troubadours in about 1995.
Paul and his siblings reformed the family orchestra in 2005 to play for their younger brother Edward's wedding on the Edmonton Queen riverboat.
After that they practiced and made three CDs for remembrance of the Chychul Family Orchestra. It was always a pleasure to play at the Ukrainian Village and to hear the family orchestra and also the Northern Troubadours on CFCW's Ukrainian Hour. They presently have since retired from music.