Plaid Tongued Devils

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Plaid Tongued Devils
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The Plaid Tongued Devils at Pilot's Monument, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
Background information
Genres Alternative country, roma, klezmer, ska, rock, jazz
Years active 1990- current
Members Ty Semaka, Alan Kolodziejzyk

The Plaid Tongued Devils are a Canadian musical group. Their music combines Roma, Klezmer,[1] Ska,[2] Rock and Jazz.


The Plaid Tongued Devils began as an alternative country duet with singer Ty Semaka and guitarist Alan Kolodziejzyk in 1990.[3] The group expanded to a five piece band in 1992.

In 1998, the Devils began to develop a new style of music which they dubbed "romaklezkarock", combining Roma, Klezmer, Ska, Rock and Jazz. In 1999 they recorded the soundtrack for the musical Klezskavania, which was performed for the One Yellow Rabbit Theatre Company in Calgary.[4]

The band's 2002 album, Belladonna, featured violinist Jonathan Lewis and percussionists Chip Robb and John McNeil.[5]

The group regularly tours in Canada and the Netherlands. Some members of the group have written and recorded songs for OpenBSD CD releases.


  • Running With Scissors - 1994
  • Tongue and Groove - 1996
  • In Klezkavania - 1999 (Also a theatre event)
  • Belladonna - 2002[6]
  • Monsteroma - 2005


  1. ^ " Plaid Tongued Devils klezmania". LA Beat, 09 February 2010.. Richard Amery
  2. ^ "Drag me over the rainbow – to Robson Valley". Jasper Fitzhugh, July 30, 2011
  3. ^ "Artist adds creative touch". Jacqueline Louie, Calgary Herald, November 29, 2013.
  4. ^ "CD Reviews". UWO Gazette, Sean Pedersen, 1998.
  5. ^ "The Plaid Tongued Devils - Belladona - 2002". Prog Visions, Richard Zywotkiewicz - March 2002
  6. ^ "Plaid-Tongued Devils / Belladonna". KlezmerShack, Ari Davidow, 7/3/2004. (review)

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