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Life's Too Short, Thank God For Polkas - Ania Piwowarczyk
Threaded throughout this album are thoughts of people who have touched the life of Ania Piwowarczyk, and who are no longer with us — her mother Janina, her greatest fan; she kept Ania awake on those long road trips, sewed her unique costumes


 
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Ania has become a well-known performer in the Polka circuit. She was first introduced to Polka lovers with her hit song "Cyganeczka" which she originally recorded with Scrubby and the Dynatones, and later with Jan Lewan and his Orchestra. She has a dynamic style supported by a strong and vibrant singing voice. Ania was born in Montreal, Quebec ( Canada ) to parents who were Polish immigrants. She later moved to Mississauga, Ontario, where she still resides. By profession she is a high school Chemistry teacher. She is an accomplished accordionist, and also one of the organisits/soloists at Maximillian Kolbe Parish in Mississauga. She is the proud mother of a very talented young man, who in 2008, graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Human Biology.

Ania has recorded several albums, the latest being "Life's Too Short-Thank God For Polkas", which is on the Sunshine label. As illustrated by her CDs, she is also a songwriter, with her own individual style. She is an Honorary Lifetime member of the Polish Singers Alliance of America, and an active member of the Marie Curie-Sklodowska Association in Toronto. She is a regular performer at festivals such as the Cheektowaga Polish-American Festival and the Polish Heritage Festival in New Jersey. She has appeared with the Jan Lewan Orchestra, with Joe Macielag, and most recently with Jolly Joe and the Bavarians. In 1998, she received the IPA Female Vocalist of the Year Award. In Ontario, she is a welcome performer at banquets, senior homes and hospitals. Her love of, and appreciation of, not only Polkas, but music in its entirety, is illustrated by her lively and interactive performance, and her enthusiastic audience contact.

Threaded throughout this album are thoughts of people who have touched the life of Ania Piwowarczyk, and who are no longer with us — her mother Janina, her greatest fan; she kept Ania awake on those long road trips, sewed her unique costumes, but most importantly, she was her beautiful Polish mother, who loved her unconditionally — two very talented musicians, Tommy Karas and Rick Malkiewicz, whom she was privileged to know as friends — and so many other great musi¬cians who have left us, and with whom Ania shared the stage, if only for a few, short minutes. This album pays tribute not only to these people, but also to all the Polka lovers — whatever their role and whatever their style of polka music. In fact, she included two songs with a “twist” ... the style? Well, she refers to it as “Polka-Sals” ... a little Polka with a twist of Salsa! “Sing, dance, play, and be merry,” says Ania, “for tomorrow brings yet another day of polka joy.”

Selections:

1. He Said: "Ole, Ole" - Polka-Sals
2. Czerwone jagody - Polka
3. Babcia and dziadek - Oberek
4. Anyway You Like It – Polka
5. Jednej dcery matka – Polka
6. Matka – Waltz
7. Ricochet – Polka
8. Tesciowa (Mother-in-Law) – Polka
9. I Have a Dream – Beguine
10. Nie chce cie – Polka
11. Rozmowa – Polka
12. Bobby's Waltz/Roses Are Red
13. Na srodku pola – Polka
14. Senor, You Are So Fine - Polka-Sals
15. Chet the Kapusta King – Waltz
16. Singing With the Angels – Polka
17. Nie pojde – Oberek
18. Life's Too Short - Polka
Features
  • Compact Disc
  • 18 Selections
  • Total Time: 66:00


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