Polka Chicks
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Polka Chicks

Helsinki, Central Finland, Finland

Helsinki, Central Finland, Finland
Band Folk Acoustic


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Polka Chicks - S/T (Ääniä Records 2009)
Polka Chicks - Viulu ja viinantilkka (Ääniä Records 2011)



Polka Chicks is an energetic folk music duo from Finland. Kukka Lehto and Teija Niku revel in picking through the dusty shelves of folk tune archives to find hidden musical gems and then polish them anew in a uniquely Polka Chick way. They also compose their own music.

Polka Chicks spice the Finnish melancholy with a combination of joyful polkas and shameless lyrics. The songs are written by Kukka Lehto, who plays the fiddle and mandola, and accordionist Teija Niku's instrumental compositions bring some urban folk music to the table.

On the latest Polka Chicks cd "Viulu ja viinantilkka" (A fiddle and a drop of liquor 2011) you can hear three polkas, but also some waltz, schottis and polska. Their songs reveal the darkest sides of femininity: singing and drinking is a way to hide your sorrows, unfaithful man gets his eyes perforated and the predictions from loveless childhood become reality.

Previously known as a trio, the Polka Chicks was chosen ”Band of the Year” at the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival in 2009. That same year their self titled debut recording was released by Ääniä Records. During the years 2004 through 2009, the band performed in many festivals as well as private events in Finland and also toured in the USA, Denmark, Russia and Germany.

Since 2010, Kukka and Teija have continued their work as the Polka Chicks duo, playing succesful concerts in Finland, Germany, Croatia, Sweden and the USA.