Toivo

Cold Panorama

Toivo Plays the Traditonal Dance Music of the Finger Lakes

Toivo is a six piece band from Trumansburg, N.Y. playing Finnish, Tex-Mex, and original music suited to the traditional dances of the Finger Lakes Region - waltzes, schottisches, polkas, mazurkas, two-steps, hambos and reels. Also, you may hear the occasional tango, huapango, two-step, bourree or polonaise - from Argentina, Venezuala, Louisiana, France, Poland or Russia.

The band consists of Richard Koski, button accordion; Jason Koski, mandolin; Stefan Senders, banjo; Jim Reidy, guitar; Harley Campbell, upright bass; and Annie Campbell, snare drum.

TOIVO=HOPE Toivo (pronounced toy-vo) is the Finnish word for ‘hope’. It is also a very common male Finnish first name. There are ‘Toivo & Eino (pronounced ay-no)’ jokes about Finns, just like there are 'Pat & Mike' jokes about the Irish. The band is very happy that Rich didn’t choose to call it ‘Eino’.

Toivo—accordion, bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and drum--rocks the huapango, twists the polka, and warms the music of the long-wintered north with hot tex-mex sunshine.

We find our music in the villages and taiga of Finland, where the mosquitoes dominate local politics; we find it in the hills of Spencer and Van Etten, where memories are still strong; we find it in the street accordion sounds of south-east LA, and in the dances of Huasteca; we find it in Podunk. Toivo is down-home music at heart. Good for dancing; good for listening; good for love.

For information and bookings you can write to Richard Koski at 6075 Brook Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886, or you can use the handy contact form.

Band Photo 2013