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Two Time Polka - The Very Best of Two Time Polka

The Very Best of
Two Time Polka

Two Time Polka

MLG2 50820

Toucan Cove Entertainment
800 Fifth Avenue #101-292
Seattle, WA 98104-3191

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb (taoboy@cox.net)

This is a band from Ireland that loves Cajun and Zydeco music. That is not so far fetched as you may think as it is quite big over there, and much of the instrumentation can be the same. The two are also related in that the roots are from people displaced and sharing some of the same heritages. There have been some good bands that played American roots music from back over that grand bathtub that separates us. But with Cajun and Zydeco music, more than any other genre that comes to mind, there is a feel. Many learned people think much of it has to do with an imprinting of both the French language and an innate feel for the music that comes from growing up with it (and there are the occasional extremely rare exceptions that pick it up at an older age). This band plays well and has the songs down, but there is a feel that is missing. This feel is that key ingredient that adds the pop and sizzle, the zest and joy of living that makes the music so special and vibrant. Don't think wrongly here this is a good and tight band, particularly when they play bluegrass, as on the Jagger/Richards, No Expectations, they do a very good job. However if you are looking for a Cajun or Zydeco band there is much better out there that can be found. However if you are looking for some good bluegrass with an Irish flavor you have found a band.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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