Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Circling Pigeons

Here's a favorite of mine, a traditional tune for midwestern polka bands, with Czech roots: Circling Pigeons waltz (or ländler).

Tom Waits had some praise for this version:
I love these Czech-Bavarian bands that landed in Texas of all places... This music is both sour and bitter, and picante, and floating above itself like steam over the kettle. There's a piece called the 'Circling Pigeons Waltz', it's the most beautiful thing - kind of sour, like a wheel about to go off the road all the time.
Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen do a great rendition with a concertina solo. My other favorite would be the Romy Gosz recording, but since there's no footage of that group, the following tribute will do: 

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