Seattle’s Smilin’ Scandinavians

Hailed as Seattle’s #1 polka band, the Smilin’ Scandinavians play a mix of Midwestern polka, Scandinavian folk, traditional country and western, Dixieland and big band swing. Led by accordionist Toby Hanson, who formed the band while at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, the group’s name is an homage to both the “Happy Norwegian” Myron Floren and legendary polka band The Six Fat Dutchmen.

I’ve been listening to their music all morning and I love their bright, bouncy, accordion-driven sound. This is a song from their most recent album, Northwest Polka Country:

I also found a great video clip from a documentary about the Smilin’ Scandinavians. In it, Toby describes how the band got started and warns of the dangers of playing polkas in 100-degree weather:

1 Comment:

  1. Love to have ya at the show mentioned below…

    A Variety Spectacular a la Ed Sullivan
    Sun. Nov. 20, 2:30pm @ Historic Everett Theatre 2911 Colby, Everett
    A Benefit for Historic Everett Theatre & Santa Hop for kids of all ages
    Sing? Dance? In a Band? Comedian? Magician? Or?? We need your help to make this a Great Show. Most spots 7 – 10 minutes. An Incentive? We Got. In program we can list as;
    Bob’s Swing Band……Sponsored by Billy’s Grill & Bar.
    If you appear at Billy’s Grill often maybe he can give you a few bucks to get his business
    Name in program.. And all performers are invited to stay for whole show.
    We have all the “sound” you need, bring your guitar and plug in. We also will have drum kit
    Upright piano and electric piano. Making it easy for you.
    Questions?? Please ask. Thanks.
    Ken Boisse

    Produced by Tongue-in-Cheek Productions, (206) 992-7117