Олексій Голуб (Alex Holub) народився 1949 року в м. Рівне (Рівненська область, Україна).
Музичну освіту здобув у рідному місті. Виступав в багатьох містах України, Радянського союзу, Польщі та Франції, де в 1979 році французький уряд надав йому політичний притулок.
В 1981 році Олексій Голуб поселився в США (Нью-Йорк), де також давав виступи в популярних нічних клубах та різноманітних українських фестивалях.
У 1990 році співак, провів успішне турне 11-ти містами України, зокрема виступав у Львові, Чернівцях та Рівному.
Помер Олексій Голуб у 1993 році.
1. “Singer Alex Holub is welcomed in his homeland, Ukraine”. THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1990 №.35.
2. “Alex headlines Poltava Night”. THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY, SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 1988 №16.
3. 1993: THE YEAR IN REVIEW, in memoriam: Alex Holub. (ukrweekly.com)
4. Інформація та фото з обкладинки до платівки Alex Holub – Tribute to Ivasiuk.
After 15 years, Alex Holub’s dream came true as he arrived in his beloved homeland, Ukraine, this past spring. He was not returning as a tourist, but as a star with an 11-city concert tour.
According to his agent, Mr. Holub is the first Ukrainian Canadian performing artist to tour Ukraine.
For several days after his arrival, Mr. Holub recuperated in Lviv and began rehearsals with musicians from the Lviv Philharmonic. Also accompanying him was his pianist, Paul Baticky from New York City.
Once the tour started, it was extremely trying and hectic. Often Mr. Holub would finish his concert, pack up the instruments and drive to the next city, arriving in the middle of the night. But the hard work and exhaustion paid off.
Even though much advertising was done only by word of mouth, the theaters nonetheless were packed in every city. Standing ovations and screams of “bravo” were heard throughout the show. Alex was presented dozens upon dozens of bouquets after his concerts. “Flowers are a very expensive commodity,” said Mr. Holub. “Therefore I was extremely honored at this humbling gesture of their appreciation for my songs.”
Manifestations of patriotism abounded at each and every concert. Small children waved yellow and blue flags and after the last concert on the tour, Alex was draped with the Ukrainian flag as people shouted, “Slava Ukraini.”
There were two extraordinary highlights of this tour which Mr. Holub said will always remain etched in his mind. One was his concert in Rivne, the city where he lived and studied music.
All his relatives and childhood friends, occupying the first several rows of the theater, sat in awe of their son, cousin, nephew and boyhood friend who had returned and was performing in front of them. This concert was probably the most difficult because it was so emotionally charged.
At times it was difficult for him to continue his singing, Mr. Holub said. And, after years of dedicating songs to his mother in Ukraine, she was finally sitting in front of him with tears of joy streaming down her cheeks. All the relatives were crying, not only from happiness at listening to his magnificent and powerful tenor but from sadness, too, for he would be returning to America soon.
The other highlight was Mr. Holub’s visit with the late Volodymyr Ivasiuk’s parents in the town of Chernivtsi, western Ukraine. They were so delighted to meet in person a vocalist that they had admired for so many years. They said they listen to Mr. Holub’s cassettes often, because he keeps the memory of their beloved son alive.
They gave the singer many words of encouragement to continue performing Ukrainian songs. They talked of their son, a noted songwriter and composer whom Mr. Holub had met while living in Ukraine, and gave him many souvenirs of their son to take back to America.
Mr. Holub’s repertoire in Ukraine consisted of his favorite Ukrainian songs – many of which are Ivasiuk songs – and also songs from his international repertoire.
Mr. Holub had the opportunity to met many popular singers and performers, including Oksana Bilozir, Vasil Zinkevych, the Kulchitsky band, Antonina Marenych and the Vatra Ensemble.
Asked to give his impressions of his 11-day concert tour, Mr. Holub said, “At every turn, roadblocks were set up just to cause difficulties. … Typical of Soviet life everyone talks, but very little gets done.
“Freedom in Ukraine is still only a word: I was even assigned a KGB agent who followed me everywhere. I am a performer, not a dissident or a political figure, but yet they had me watched,” hie noted.
“Even under these very difficult conditions, my concerts were a great success. I was very honored to go back to my homeland, not only to see my family, which is always primary in my mind, but to perform again in the theaters and concerts halls of my youth. The audiences loved my concerts and I was humbled by their loving appreciation. I will go back again,” he promised.
Tour arrangements for Mr. Holub were made by La Mer Records and the Tvorchist association in Lviv.
|*||Назва релізу (формат)||Видавець - кат. номер||Період видання||Зображення обкладинки|
|альбом||Tribute To Ivasiuk (33 rpm/12")||La Mer - 590320||1985|
|альбом||Tribute To Ivasiuk (Cassette)||La Mer - ?||1988|
|альбом||Моя земля, мій краю рідний / My Land, My Beloved Country (33 rpm/12")||La Mer – LM 102||?|
|альбом||Моя земле мій краю рідний (Cassette)||La Mer – LM 102|
|альбом||A Tribute to Alex Holub (CD)||- Melodica Entertainment - MEPCD 401||1997|
|альбом||Alex Golub Sings International Favorites (Cassette)||La Mer – LM IS 100|