The Polyjesters
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The Polyjesters

| INDIE | AFM

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"England Success"

"The Polyjesters did a great job of varying their programme in response to the make up of our “Well
local audiences - King of the Swingers for the youngest and Nat King Cole for the more mature members plus lots of their own lively and humorous material that crossed the generations as well. My only regret was that we had to put out so many chairs to fit people in that we didn't have much room to dance!"
Sally A Seed, Stoneleigh Communications, UK

- Sally A Seed


"Festival Success"

"The Polyjesters combine infectious humour and irrepressible playfulness with stand-out musicianship. Their swing flavours and seamless harmonies are like a mint julep on a hot summer day: fresh and cool, sweet and nostalgic. Our dance floor was packed by people across the spectrum of ages - further evidence of this band's broad appeal (pun absolutely intended!). These charmers were among the best surprises of Smithers 2005 Midsummer Festival."
Larissa Ardis, Communications, Smithers Midsummer Festival 2005

- Larissa


"Jeff Healey Likes Us"

“The Polyjesters specialize in high energy swing music…a refreshing change…they are the real thing.” Jeff Healey, award winning Canadian guitarist/vocalist

- Jeff Healey


"More Festival Success"

“How to describe the Polyjesters?...kick-ass crowd-pleasers, yet gracious and flexible - great musicianship and stage panache, yet so easy to produce - more fun than a dog on wheels.”
Catherine McInnes, AD, Home County Folk Festival, London, Ontario, Canada www.homecounty.ca

- London Home County Fest


"Music Directors"

“The Polyjesters have introduced a wonderful blend of witty lyrics, wry sense of humor and old-timey bluegrass music with a topping of jazz swing into our listener’s lives.  This is music that makes you want to tap your feet, laugh out loud and blush all at the same time.  Leon Redbone, Spike Jones, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, They Might Be Giants and Bill Monroe have been genetically blended and then artificially inseminated into Canada.  Now you’ve got a little idea of the Polyjesters.  I love them, my Grandmother loves them, my kids love them.  You’ll love them too!”

- Mary Palmer. Music Director


"Folk Alley"

“…the songs swing and cover all sorts of topics, such as insecurity, melancholy, and bad weeks. Yet, they are so fun to listen to. Perhaps that's because we receive a moment of reprise from our confusing lives when we witness someone else's struggles. In other words, these guys could impress you with serious jazz, but to keep you entertained at the same time, they poke fun at themselves. If you find any recording from The Polyjesters you won't be disappointed.� - Jim Blum


"Lazlo's Den"

The Polyjesters - "Kitchen Radio"

Is it possible for an album to sound both current and old-timey at the same time? Apparently it is, and The Polyjesters new CD, "kitchen radio", proves it. The album incorporates laid-back but upbeat swing/jazz music, with classic country harmonies, and a rockabilly/bluegrass backbeat. It's music that is fun and enjoyable for the young and old.

I do not know The Polyjesters influences, but I would guess that mixed in amongst them are fellow Canadian bands Moxy Fruvous and Barenaked Ladies, two other bands that mixed harmonies, and their own eclectic mixture of sounds into perfect pop songs.

Once you hear the infectious chorus on "Tuesday" (the first song on the album after a brief intro to the disc), I think you will be hooked. I was, and I'm still unable to get the chorus out of my head several days after last listening to the song. The entirety of "kitchen radio" is like that, with other standout tracks being "the devil came up to Alberta", "to boot", "countryside", and "the driving song". And, I have to also mention "Manjula" which appears to be a reference to two characters on my all time favorite show, The Simpsons. Woo-hoo!

"Kitchen radio" is like a party. Accept The Polyjesters invitation and enjoy.


Lazlo
lazlo@blowupradio.com
(732) 607-0602
www.BlowUpRadio.com
www.LazlosDen.com
- Lazlo


"JLS Entertainment"

"After booking the group last year for the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver, and after witnessing their amazing and lively concert, I immediately booked them for the 2003 Pacific National Exhibition. They once again put on a fantastic show and were a huge hit! The band members were all extremely easy and professional to work with and I would highly recommend this show to other entertainment buyers for conventions, festivals, fairs and special events." - Jodi Smith


"The Arden Theatre"

ß "Sometimes we tend to have the impression that great talent can't come from our own backyard. The Polyjesters participation at the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival this spring proved that theory wrong. Sold out shows gave audience members of all ages a terrific concert and a number of staff and others in attendance remarked about the quality of the musicianship displayed…I hope that some day you will be back to play at The Arden" - Brenda Heatherington


"McCarty Pumping/Drilling"

"We will definitely sponsor the entertainment stage again next year if the Polyjesters come back - what a fantastic show; their interaction with the audience is unbelievable" - Brent McCarty


Discography

1999 'Orange'
2000 'Fiddlestix'
2002 '100% Polyjesters'
2004 'Ka Chunk'
2008 'Kitchen Radio'

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The Polyjesters are Canadian brothers Jason and Sheldon Valleau who hail from Alberta and honed their musical talents in Europe playing for everyone from street folk to the Prince of Monaco. Since then they have been everywhere, including the Epcot Centre and sharing the stage with The Trailer Park Boys. It's a bumpy, twisting road they travel rife with adventure, great stories and excellent music.

The Polyjesters - "Kitchen Radio"

"Is it possible for an album to sound both current and old-timey at the same time? Apparently it is, and The Polyjesters new CD, "kitchen radio", proves it. The album incorporates laid-back but upbeat swing/jazz music, with classic country harmonies, and a rockabilly/bluegrass backbeat. It's music that is fun and enjoyable for the young and old.

I do not know The Polyjesters influences, but I would guess that mixed in amongst them are fellow Canadian bands Moxy Fruvous and Barenaked Ladies, two other bands that mixed harmonies, and their own eclectic mixture of sounds into perfect pop songs.

Once you hear the infectious chorus on "Tuesday" (the first song on the album after a brief intro to the disc), I think you will be hooked. I was, and I'm still unable to get the chorus out of my head several days after last listening to the song. The entirety of "kitchen radio" is like that, with other standout tracks being "the devil came up to Alberta", "to boot", "countryside", and "the driving song". And, I have to also mention "Manjula" which appears to be a reference to two characters on my all time favorite show, The Simpsons. Woo-hoo!

"Kitchen Radio" is like a party. Accept The Polyjesters invitation and enjoy."
-Lazlo, lazlo@blowupradio.com

“…the songs swing and cover all sorts of topics, such as insecurity, melancholy, and bad weeks. Yet, they are so fun to listen to. Perhaps that's because we receive a moment of reprise from our confusing lives when we witness someone else's struggles. In other words, these guys could impress you with serious jazz, but to keep you entertained at the same time, they poke fun at themselves. If you find any recording from The Polyjesters you won't be disappointed.�
Folk Alley Review of Kitchen Radio

“The Polyjesters specialize in high energy swing music…a refreshing change…they are the real thing.�
Jeff Healey, award winning Canadian guitarist/vocalist

“The Polyjesters have introduced a wonderful blend of witty lyrics, wry sense of humor and old-timey bluegrass music with a topping of jazz swing into our listener’s lives. This is music that makes you want to tap your feet, laugh out loud and blush all at the same time. Leon Redbone, Spike Jones, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, They Might Be Giants and Bill Monroe have been genetically blended and then artificially inseminated into Canada. Now you’ve got a little idea of the Polyjesters. I love them, my Grandmother loves them, my kids love them. You’ll love them too!�
-Mary Palmer, Music Director

"Presenters are always on the look-out for new acts that are great musically, entertaining and relate well to their audience. As you know such acts are rare and need to be treasured when you find them. The Polyjesters are one such act. They are wildly entertaining (our audience, which is used to seeing the cream of North American acoustic artists accorded them two standing ovations) and top notch musicians."
- Chuck Frank, artistic director Saturday Night Special Music Club Calgary.

"The Polyjesters are more fun than naked college girls with yoyos."
- Uke Jackson, Flaming Ukuklele Radio Hour

Disclaimer: we still don't how Uke Jackson came up with his quote but its great fun to think about.

What a breath of fresh air. The Polyjesters exude an energy which is rarely found in acts these days, on either side of the Atlantic. Their material is original and underpinned with slick accompaniment. Lyrically they are a one off, with superb original material - well delivered with smooth tongue in cheek supportive vocal work. Finally LIVE - their rhythmic and vibrant act cannot be surpassed. I would gladly fly to Canada just to see this band do a floor spot."

Phil Brown / Host of "The Drift" / BBC Radio Lancashire/ England
http://www.bbc.co.uk/lancashire/content/articles/2006/04/10/radio_phil_drift_feature.shtml

"Well the Polyjesters are now back home after a sensational 23-date sell out England tour. They've been just charming to work with; tight, professional, entertaining, and superb musicians. They have left behind some great memories for audiences, presenters and managers alike. Our world has gone monochrome now. We will of course welcome the band back for another tour, but we need to recover first, and our pubs need to restock their beer!"
Sue Robinson, Manager, Spot On, Lancashire's Rural Touring Network

"(The Polyjesters) have a hit on their hands and have for a long time. I really think they're tremendous and