American Café Orchestra: Nightmare Polka (2011)
About a year ago a friend gave me Ruthie Dornfeld’s record, Duets Abroad. Dornfeld, a fiddler from Seattle, crafted a solid, enjoyable, and sometimes wild record of duets with musicians from Finland, Denmark, France, and Hungary. My favorite tracks on this record were with the Danish guitarist Morten Alfred Høirup and the Finnish multi-instrumentalist Tapani Varis. I was very pleased to learn that Dornfeld, Høirup, and Varis also record together as the American Café Orchestra. Their new CD, Nightmare Polka, is a delight, and is full of tasty musical surprises. Read my full review of Nightmare Polka and listen to a track on RootsWorld magazine.