About the Band
The Two Tones is a new Trad-fusion band from the Green Mountains of Vermont. Members Alexander Allison and Sebastiaan West met while in the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group, and a rapidly blossoming friendship soon turned into a serious musical partnership. The band regularly plays contra dances throughout Vermont as well as concerts and private events. They placed second in the Young Tradition Vermont Competition in 2018, and have traveled to and performed in Japan, Scotland, and Cape Breton as a part of the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group. They play a wide range of styles, from Irish to Cajun to jazz to rock, and are constantly pushing the boundaries of their musical vocabularies.
Originally a classical pianist, Sebastiaan West began to fall into the traditional world upon joining the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group in 2017. On their tour of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, he fell in love with traditional piano; two years later, he's bought a few accordions, a melodica, and is actively playing and engaging in Irish, Scottish, Québécois, and Cape Breton traditional music. His jazz background sometimes rears its head in an unorthodox chord voicing or a contrapuntal bass line. He seeks to blend sounds, colors, and lines from different styles in the aim of self-expression, creating a sound that doesn't particularly fit into one genre yet is keenly recognizable. While not a skilled dancer, Sebastiaan is an avid contra-goer and can be found grooving out to nearly any tune or beat at any point of the day.
Alexander Allison is a versatile musician, playing a wide range of styles including Irish, Scottish, Cajun, and Swing. He has been playing fiddle since 2012 and has been singing for his entire life, starting in a youth church choir. He has been playing with the Young Tradition Touring Group for four years. He has studied under the likes of Liz Carroll, David Greely, Pascal Miousse, and Pete Sutherland. He regards music as an art form, exploring the diversity of each and every piece and composer, recognizing that a given tune or song can be interpreted in many ways, through many different lenses.