Friday, March 11, 2016

Recording: Polka Dogs

Artist: Polka Dogs

Songs: Beardy Boy + [unknown]*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 3 afterparty), February 27, 2016.

Polka Dogs - Beardy Boy + [unknown]

Polka might not be the first genre one'd expect to see at a festival dedicated to improvisation and exploration, but members of this longstanding group (including Tina Kiik and Ambrose Pottie) have done lots of work in improvising circles. Rounded out by Colin Couch (tuba) and Tom Walsh (trombone), this band can add either oompah party propulsion or sensitive colouring as needed to back the songs of vocalist/banjo player John Millard, whose meditations on life's silly and sublime moments were punctuated by vivid stories. Founded at the end of the 80's, Polka Dogs had a busy run through the mid-90's before going their separate ways. Reforming a year or so ago, they played two sets of vital and entertaining music, ending with this one-two punch with an audience shout-along followed by a meditative closing statement. [While you keep an eye out for further shows, you can explore the band's recorded legacy over at their Bandcamp.]

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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