Monday, July 21, 2008

Kurt's yodel



The Coffee Pickers Kurt and Maria Stadlin from Switzerland, yodelling at the Hometown Opry in North Wilkesboro NC USA



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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Garmisch Yodeler



The propriotor of the Biergarten we stopped at after hiking the Partnatsch George in Garmisch, Germany.



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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Schottisch • Trad. Switzerland



Ensemble La Volta (Switzerland)
Folkmusic from Switzerland • Schottisch • Trad. Switzerland
Instruments: Brooms, Mandolin, Vodka bottles, Spoons, Guitar, Guitarron

According to dictionary , Schottisch is Ballroom dance fashionable in the 19th century, introduced to England 1848, not identical with the Écossaise. In England it is usually called by its plural, Schottische. The music is in 2/4 time, much like that of the polka, but played more slowly.



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Monday, July 14, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Lawrence Welk Show: Guest: Harold Loeffelmacher



Guest Star: Harold Loeffelmacher of the Six Fat Dutchmen band from New Ulm, Minnesota performs "The Clarinet Polka" on the show (1957)



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Friday, July 11, 2008

O's Polka



Here's sample of a polka I composed. Hope you like it. Our band, Conjunto Los Pochos recorded it in 2002 and released it in 2004. Find out when we're playing and more at http://lospochos.com. If you'd like to hear the full band playing this song, check out: http://myspace.com/lospochos or visit: http://cdbaby.com/lospochos2 to purchase a copy of the CD.



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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

HOROWITZ AT THE WHITE HOUSE Pt.9/10 Traumerei, Polka de W.R.



HOROWITZ AT THE WHITE HOUSE (Feb. 26 1978)Pt.9/10
Schumann Traumerei
Rachmaninov Polka de W.R.



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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Polka Time TV open 1989



a 1989 opening to "Polka Time" on CHEK 6 TV, starring Canada's "King of Polka" - Walter Ostanek



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Monday, July 7, 2008

Kalilayan Folkloric Group: Polka Biana



Polka Biana
(Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental)
Polka Biana or "Polka dedicated to Biana" was a dance dedicated to a Zamboanguita lady named Biana who was fat lady. Ironically, the Polka Biana does not present heavy or big steps that may fit the fat lady but the insertion of waltzes after two signatures have been incorporated to cater to the size and stamina of Biana, considering that she cannot sustain a continuous dance of polka.
CCP - Sari-saring Sayaw, Sama-samang Galaw
(Mga Tradisyon at Interpretasyon)
February 15 - 16, 2002
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City



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Sunday, July 6, 2008

F.Chopin "Valse a moll" "Chopin-Pragnienie milosci"



Walc Fryderyka Chopina "Valse a moll" wykorzystany w muzyce filmowej"Chopin-Pragnienie milosci", o tym wielkim tworcy muzyki romantycznej. Solo akordeon - Miroslaw Marks.

Frederic Chopin`s "Waltz in a minor", romantic music from the movie "Chopin: The need for love". Solo accordion Miroslaw Marks.

Frederic Chopins "Walzer in a-moll", romantische Filmmusik (Chopin. Ein Durst der Liebe). Soloakkordeon Miroslaw Marks.



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Saturday, July 5, 2008

P A R Y S K I WALCZYK



Walc musette "Paryski walczyk", muzyka, opracowanie i wykonanie - Miroslaw Marks - akordeon solo oraz akordeony w tle z wykorzystaniem akompaniamentu instrumentu elektronicznego Technics sx-KN5000.

Musette waltz "Paris waltz", composition, arrangement and performance: Miroslaw Marks, accordion solo, accordions in the background and accompaniment with Technics sx-KN5000 keyboard.

"Pariser Walzer", Musette Walzer, Komposition, Arrangement und Darbietung: Miroslaw Marks, Soloakkordeon, Akkordeons (Hintergrundmusik) und Technics sx-KN5000 Keyboard Begleitung.



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Friday, July 4, 2008

"S E N O R I T A" TANGO



Tango "Senorita", muzyka Włodzimierz Biezan,
solo akordeon- Miroslaw Marks,w dowod wdzięczności, dedykuję Christl.

With gratitude for Christl, tango "Senorita". Composer Wlodzimierz Biezan, accordion solo Miroslaw Marks.

In Dankbarkeit für Christl, "Senorita" Tango, Komponist Wlodzimierz Biezan, Akkordeonsolo Miroslaw Marks.



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Thursday, July 3, 2008

POLKA-GROTESKA "SCACCO"



"SCACCO"polka-groteska, akordeon solo Miroslaw Marks.

Performed by Miroslaw Marks, accordion solo.

Gespielt von Miroslaw Marks, akkordeon Solo.



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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Antek na harmonii gra



Popularną poleczkę "Antek na harmonii gra" wykonuje na dwa akordeony Miroslaw Marks.

Polnisches Volkslied "Antek na harmonii gra" (Antek spielt auf der Harmonika). Gespielt auf zwei Akkordeons von Miroslaw Marks.

Polish folk song "Antek na harmonii gra" (Antek plays harmonica). Performance on two accordions by Miroslaw Marks.




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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Melodie wegierskie



Hungarian tunes for two accordions,
performed by Miroslaw Marks.

Melodie wegierskie na dwa akordeony,
wykonuje Miroslaw Marks.

Ungarische Melodie für zwei Akkordeons, gespielt von Miroslaw Marks.



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Monday, June 30, 2008

Milusia



Wladyslaw Kaczynski polka "Milusia", akordeon solo Miroslaw Marks.

"Milusia", Polish polka (composer Wladyslaw Kaczynski), performed by Miroslaw Marks, accordion solo.

"Milusia", Polka (Komponist W. Kaczynski), Miroslaw Marks, Soloakkordeon.



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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Rosamunde



Beer barrel polka (Skoda lasky),
("Roll out the barrel, we`ll have a barrel of fun"...),
performed by Miroslaw Marks, accordion.

Popularny utwor "Rosamunde", na akordeonie, gra Miroslaw Marks.
Rosamunde / Böhmische Polka, Komponist Jaromir Vejvoda (1929), gespielt von Miroslaw Marks, Soloakkordeon.

Text:
Ich bin schon seit Tagen
verliebt in Rosamunde;
Ich denke jede Stunde
sie muß es erfahren.
Seh ich ihre Lippen
mit dem frohen Lachen,
möcht ich alles wagen
um sie mal zu küssen.
Aber heut bestimmt geh ich zu ihr,
Gründe hab ich ja genug dafür;
Ich trete einfach vor sie hin,
und sag ihr wie verliebt ich bin.
Sagt sie dann : Ach, nein, ist's mir egal,
denn ich wart nicht auf ein ander Mal.
Ich nehm sie einfach in den Arm
und sage ihr mit meinem Charm:
Rosamunde,
schenk' mir dein Herz und sag' ja!
Rosamunde,
frag' doch nicht erst die Mama!
Rosamunde,
glaub' mir, auch ich bin dir treu,
denn zur Stunde, Rosamunde,
ist mein Herz grade noch frei.
Sie läßt mich noch warten
und lächelt nur von ferne,
ich wüßte nur zu gerne
wie andre es machen.
Verborgen als Veilchen
läg' ich in ihrer Nähe,
doch wenn ich sie sehe,
warte ich noch ein Weilchen.



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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Fale Dunaju



Konzertwalzer "Donauwellen", Komponist Josef Ivanovici (1845-1902, Bukarest), gespielt von Miroslaw Marks, Soloakkordeon.

Walc wiedenski "Fale Dunaju" kompozytor Ivanovici, na akordeonie gra Miroslaw Marks.

"The Danube Waves" (Valurile Dunării), Viennese Waltz (composer Ivanovici) performed by Miroslaw Marks, accordion.



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Friday, June 27, 2008

Polka Dziadek



Popularny utwór w stylu folk "Polka Dziadek", gra na akordeonie Miroslaw Marks.

"Klarinettenmuckl" Polka, populäre Volksweise, gespielt von Miroslaw Marks, Soloakkordeon.

"Clarinet Polka", folk song, performed by Miroslaw Marks, accordion solo.



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Thursday, June 26, 2008

HELENA POLKA



No accordion sites are complete without the Polka. So here it is; an American traditional...
Polka is a type of dance, and also a genre of dance music. It originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia, and is still a common genre of Czech, Polish and Slovenian folk music; it is common both in Europe and in the Americas. In classical music, many polkas were composed by both Johann Strauss I and his son Johann Strauss II; a couple of well-known ones were composed by Bedřich Smetana and Jaromír Vejvoda, the author of Škoda lásky ("Roll Out the Barrel").

The name comes from German word Polka[1], meaning "Bohemian Dance" which comes from the Czech word polka, also meaning "Bohemian dance", which itself is lent from the Polish polka, literally meaning "Polish woman", fem. of Polak. The word may also be an German-originating alteration of Czech pulka, meaning "half." Due to its name it is often mistakenly attributed to Poland. It should also not be confused with the polska, a Swedish 3/4-beat (help·info) dance with Polish roots; cf. polka-mazurka. A related dance is the redowa. Polkas have a 4/4 time signature



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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Gaskells Polka



Gaskells Victorian Ball (Oakland, CA) October 28, 2006



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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Tritsch Tratsch Polka



Johann Strauss Gala Concert
Live from Vienna.



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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Fast Polka by Chris Diamond from the www.german-band.com



Chris Diamond is playing a Oberkrainer Polka composed by himself. The name of the bavarian song is
http://made-in-hong-kong.com
Chris is owner of the popular award " Krone der Volksmusik " five times he started at the " Grand Prix der Volksmusik " One time he winn the 2. place of this international TV event.
He was in over 120 TV Shows all over the world. He is also one of the best accordion player in germany in the oberkrainer music style. He composed many songs with are playing in TV and radio. His most succesfull song was at the 4. place in the air play charts. With this song they win a lot of hitparades for example in Holand, France(Elsas),ORF Hitparade. He played alone or with the
http://german-band.com which are playing in hong kong, dubai, vietnam, china, usa, maroko, holland, italy....they played the biggest oktoberfest partys in asia. many different styles of music, folk, bavarian, oberkrainer, blasmusik, pop, rock, country, oldies, asian songs with 18 different instruments. they play for siemens, mercedes, audi, lufthansa, tüv süd, deutsche bank....



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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Clarinet Polka



A popular polka played on soprano ukulele. This was inspired by a version I heard from banjoist Bill Evans, who jokingly says he learned it because the banjo didn't sound happy enough already.



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Friday, June 20, 2008

Los Carapegueños - Peva peichante voi



Polka paraguaya por los carapegueños.



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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Los Carapegueños - Nde, che ha ñande rupa



polka paraguaya ineterpretada por los carapegueños



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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Polkas de Tamaulipas



Interpretado por el grupo de danza folclorica Acolmixtli del CEB Reyes Heroles Aguascalientes.
Teatro del Seguro 2007



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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Los Embajadores Criollos - El Expósito (Vals)



De "El Rey de las Polcas" Don Pedro Espinel Torres este sentido vals y nunca mejor interpretado como lo hacen "Los Embajadores Criollos".



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Monday, June 16, 2008

Café-Concerto - Roda de Choro de Lisboa



A Roda de Choro de Lisboa recria o espírito do Rio de Janeiro de princípios do século XX, apresentando maxixes, polcas, mazurkas, baiões, sambas-choro e valsas. No seu repertório constam compositores do género como Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth, Garoto, Waldyr Azevedo, Fon Fon, Chico Buarque, Noel Rosa, Juventino Maciel, Hermeto Pascoal e João Bosco. A Roda é formada por Múcio Sá (bandolim), Luis Bastos (clarinete), Pedro Moura (cavaquinho e voz), Nuno Gambôa (violão de 7 cordas), Janeca Nogueira (contrabaixo) e Alexandre Barriga (percussão). Dia 27 de Setembro de 2007, na Casa da América Latina, em Lisboa.



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Sunday, June 15, 2008

San Pancho (Casa de la cultura)



Presentacion de la Casa de la Cultura de San Francisco de los Romo



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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Chango Spasiuk - Iosyp



Video del album "Polcas de mi tierra"
dirijido por Oscar Arcangeli para Maquina de Huesos



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Friday, June 13, 2008

Komando - Selección de Polkas - Música Paraguaya



Para la comunidad paraguaya... una selección de polcas. Música en Guaraní. Que la disfruten !!!



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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chango Spasiuk - Improvisación a a la Virgen



Video del Album Polcas de Mi Tierra
Dirijido por Oscar Arcangeli para Maquina de Huesos



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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

KA'AKUPE - RESESA



PARAGUATAN POLCAS MEDLEY.
Carlos Raul plays these songs on the paraguayan harp.



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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Amigos daviola



Amigos da Viola, Rondonopolis Mt, polcas na viola ( araponga , galopeira ) e catira no final.



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Monday, June 9, 2008

Quemil Yambay y Los Alfonsinos - Che pore'yme reho



La polka paraguaya, la mejor música del mundo...



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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Polcas (chief T.)



temas con flageolet



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Saturday, June 7, 2008

VIOLA CAIPIRA (LEANDRO ANDRADE E LEONARDO) POLCAS



Leandro Andrade e Leonardo, Bruno Tomain no Rancho da Viola em Uberaba



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Friday, June 6, 2008

Mariana Cayon en Cosquin 2008 - Selección de polcas



Mariana Cayon en el festival de folklore Cosquin 2008 - Selección de polcas



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Monday, June 2, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

VIOLA CAIPIRA - Bruno Tomain e Cleiton Torres Polcas



Polca Paraguaia alá GOiano.....Molelo 2006 TOTAL FLEX



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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Polcas del tamaulipas



bailado por le instituto jerezano de la cultura en huiramba michoacan



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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Camerata Vienarte - Martin Tuksa: Strauss - Valsas e Polcas



Concerto da Camerata Vienarte São Paulo - http://www.vienarte.com.br - com o regente-violinista austríaco Martin Tuksa. Vozes de Primavera, Annenpolka, Imperador,Tritsch Tratsch, Danúbio Azul, Elien a Magyar



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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Camilo Zuñiga y Mario Garcia - Arpa - Polcas Paraguayas



Camilo Zuñiga y Mario Garcia
Arpa y Guitarra.
San Antonio
Chile



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Monday, May 26, 2008

Tostão e Perla (Polcas)



Seleção de polcas com Perla e Tostão no acordeão arrebentando os canecos
direto de Uberlândia MG



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Friday, May 23, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Quemil Yambay y Los Alfonsinos - Mendahyi



La polca (o polka) -derivado de polaca- es una danza popular aparecida en Bohemia hacia 1830.

Su forma deriva directamente del minué, con una instrucción que prepara la entrada del tema y una coda que sirve de final a la obra.


Músicos en Praga interpretando una polcaEn compás de 2/4 (dos cuartos) y tempo rápido, se baila con pasos laterales del tipo "paso", "cierra", paso, "salto" y evoluciones rápidas, motivo por el que se hizo muy popular en Europa y América.


En Argentina y Paraguay (donde se la llama también purahéi) ha devenido, desde su llegada a mediados del siglo XIX -con estilos particulares- en una de las músicas folclóricas nacionales.

Los compositores bohemios, Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) y Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), compusieron polcas, introduciendo esta danza en la música académica.

También los músicos de la familia Strauss (austriacos) compusieron muchas polcas. Entre las más conocidas están la "polka pizzicatto" o el "triszt traszt polka". Un ejemplo de polka contemporánea es la "circus polka" de Igor Stravinsky.
Fuente: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polca

Historia de La Polca Paraguaya: Danza y canción de movimiento rápido y acompasado. Su nombre deriva de la polca europea -de gran difusión en Paraguay desde mediados del siglo XIX- pero su ritmo, melodía, armonía y contrapunto característicos no guardan relación con la misma.

La polca paraguaya combina ritmos ternarios con binarios y síncopas, mientras que la polca europea es de ritmo binario. La yuxtaposición de ritmos de tres tiempos en el acompañamiento y de carácter binario de la melodía, produce una síncopa permanente, que, sumada a otra que anticipa o prolonga la melodía, le otorga un estilo peculiar.

La primera referencia en el país acerca de la polca como danza proveniente de la zona Bohemia, data de 1858. En tanto que las referencias a una música nacional, con matices y personalidad local, datan ya de comienzos de 1800. Se piensa que los paraguayos se apropiaron del nombre de polca simplemente para definir su música.

Las polcas más antiguas del Paraguay, que datan del siglo XIX son: Campamento Cerro León, Alfonso Loma, Mamá Cumanda, Che Lucero Aguai'y, Ndarekoi La Culpa, Carreta Guy, y de los partidos políticos colorado y liberal, entre otras. Existen numerosas variantes de acuerdo al ritmo y el carácter como: polca syryry, polca kyre'y, polca popo, polca saraki, polca galopa, polca jekutu. A lo largo del siglo XX varios músicos intentaron sustituir el nombre de polca por Kyre'y, Techagau, y otros como Danza Paraguaya

Fuente: www.paraguayglobal.com/cultura3.php


QUEMIL YAMBAY

Aún casi adolescente, Quemil Yambay inicia la aventura de conocer el mundo a través de la música. En 1959 se acopla a los obreros constructores del Puente de la Amistad, obra que después uniría físicamente al Paraguay con el Brasil; ahí empieza a poner en evidencia su arte musical que lo llevaría a tener el extraordinario suceso que conserva hasta hoy. El que más tarde fue fundador de Los Alfonsinos y autor de composiciones tan famosas como Moköi Guyra´i, Lidia Mariana y tantas otras, no se habrá imaginado jamás que de aquellas primeras presentaciones en reuniones de amigos o en casa de algún familiar, donde empezaron a brindarle los primeros aplausos, el éxito lo llevaría a actuar como los de San Lorenzo de Almagro, Huracán o el Luna Park, en Buenos Aires y otros escenarios del mundo.

Este renombrado autor, compositor e intérprete de la guitarra nació el 10 de marzo de 1938 en el lugar denominado Tupaorã, jurisdicción de Caraguatay. Hoy distrito de Santa Elena. Hijo de Jalil Yambay, un sirio libanés que llegó el Paraguay en aras de forjarse un mejor porvenir, y Marina de la Paz Rodríguez, el niño Quemil pasó gran parte de su infancia en el pueblo de Alfonso Tranquera, lugar que inspiraría más adelante el nombre de Los Alfonsinos, su primer grupo musical y a interpretar la canción de autor anónimo Alfonso Loma, que sería el trampolín que lo impulsó al extraordinario éxito que lo acompaña hasta la fecha.

En su biografía, que está siendo redactada por Lionel Ortiz Bareiro, Quemil Yambay expresa lo siguiente: "Nadie olvida los días que se fueron cuando ellos descansan las horas gratas de nuestra existencia. Puedo afirmar que aún veo los años de mi escuela donde aprendí las letras, puedo manifestar que no he olvidado el nombre de mi maestra de primeros grados --Isabel Caballero-, su imagen, su recuerdo y su bondad, aún conservo hasta entonces".
Fuente:http://www.musicaparaguaya.org.py /quemil_yambay.html



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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Friday, May 16, 2008

John Ruman - SLOVENIAN POLKA MEDLEY


A BUNCH OF POLKAS SQUASHED TOGETHER

http://www.myspace.com/johnruman


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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Klancnik & Friends - Hammer Key Polka

Recorded LIVE at Bob Doszak's Illinois Polkafest at the Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, Illinois, on Friday, February 1, 2008. Ed Klancnik - drums, Brian O'Boyle - accordion, Jerry Zagar - bass, Brian Wiater - vocal, Kenny Klancnik - sax, Eddie Rodick III - banjo, Adam Bell - accordion, Austin on accordion, too!





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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bob Doszak - Gerald's Polka

Recorded LIVE at Bob Doszak's Illinois Polkafest at the Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, Illinois, on Friday, February 1, 2008. Bob Doszak - accordion & bass, special guest Walter Ostanek - accordion, Bob Doszak Jr. - drums.





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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Eric Noltkamper Band - Hot Pretzels Polka

Eric Noltkamper Band performing at Sneakee Pete's in Eastlake, Ohio
Dave Wolnik, Hank Guzel, Gary Fisher





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Monday, May 12, 2008

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Slovenian-American Style Polka

Slovenian-style polka bands usually perform using the following instruments:


  • piano accordion or button box accordion
  • saxophone (or clarinet)
  • banjo (for polkas) and/or guitar (for waltzes)




Slovenian-American polka is generally played at a faster tempo than Polisj-American.

Cleveland and northeast Ohio is the main center of Slovenian-style polka music - along with Pennsylvania and many other cities in the Great Lakes region. No wonder Slovenian-American polka is often referred to as "Cleveland-Style" polka.

Bands, playing Slovenian-style polka music have also expanded their repertoire by including a variety of elements and styles from other kinds of genres like polkas, waltzes, standards, Latin dances (cha chas, tangos, etc.), line dances, and even rock 'n roll.


Video below: Frank Yankovic - "Hoop-Dee-Doo Polka" from circa 1960



Video below: Lou Trebar with Joey Miskulin and the Frank Yankovic Orchestra - "Knaus' Waltz" and "Argentina Waltz"



Video below: Johnny Vadnal Orchestra - "Round Up the Gang" & "Teach Me How To Yodel" from Polkatime USA TV Show hosted by Joey Miskulin in the early 1980s



Video below: Walter Ostanek & Eddie Habat (Live 1994)
Two polka kings of Canada and Cleveland perform on the 30th anniversary concert of Lojze Slak's ensemble on TV.




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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Eastern Style Polish-American Polka

Eastern-style polka relates more to the big-band musical era - although it is still very similar to Chicago-style.

Eastern-style polka is also played at a faster tempo and typically includes more horns and reeds.


Video below: Jimmy Sturr - "Come Share the Wine" 2 CD Deal



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Monday, May 5, 2008

Chicago Style Polish-American Polka

Charles Keil further subdivided Polish-American Polka into Chicago Style and Eastern Style.

Chicago-style polka music is closely related to the rock-and-roll era of the ’50s. It's sometimes referred to as the “push” style because of the intense “bellows-shaking” of the accordion.

Chicago-style polka band typically includes a trumpet or two, an (always present) accordion, a concertina, drums, a bass, and sometimes a clarinet or a fiddle.


Video below: Eddie Blazonczyk Jr And The Versatones - White Table



Video below: Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push - Willie's Wedding Polka



Video below: Marion Lush (the "Golden Voice") and TWE - Sing'n My Heart Out, Go'n Downtown Polka



Video below: Crusade - Naked Polka



Video below: Polka Family Band - Pennsylvania Hills Polka



Video below: Dynatones - Rosalinda Polka




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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Polish-American Polka

Polish Polka bands in America play a wide variety of genres/styles:

  • polkas,


  • Obereks,


  • Polish Waltzes, and sometimes even


  • Polish tangos.


    The "Polish polka" as known in American society has never been danced in Poland. Rather, Polish folk dancing consists of different forms of polka.

    To appeal to a larger audience, different performers of this fast-paced music were successfully incorporating elements of modern music into traditional polka style.



The hot spots of Polish-American polka are known to be: Pennsylvania, cities around the Great Lakes and some cities on the East Coast.


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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Polka Genres

Author Charles Keil and his wife state that “there are as many styles of polka as there are polka localities.” Nevertheless, they have divided American polka music into three major genres:

  1. Slavic with two sub-genres:
    Polish-American and
    Slovenian-American;
    found in eastern and midwestern America.

  2. Germanic with two sub-genres:
    German-American and
    Czech-American;
    found in midwestern and western America.

  3. Southwestern with two sub-genres:
    Mexican-American and
    Papago-Pima;
    found in southwestern America.



Although these genres are very different in instrumentation and tempo, they are all united by the following:



  • characteristic 2/4 time signature


  • instruments: accordion or concertina, wind instruments and drums


  • lyrics about joy, religion and culture

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Musica Paraguaya - Polca-Los Carapegueños



Los Carapegueños- Añete pico Rehota



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Monday, April 28, 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Johnny Pecon - Hambone Polka

John Pecon on "All Wish" Auction Party




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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Polka Music in American Society

Polka is a vivacious form of dance music in 2/4 time. Polka music became a part of American society with the arrival of the first Eastern European immigrants.


The styles of nowaday's different genres of polka may vary but they all allow their performers and participants to express their ethnicity, heritage and manifestation of their culture.

Polka festivals, each with its own unique characteristics and performers throughout the country attract polka enthusiasts who share their passion for polka music and dancing.


Johnny Pecon Orchestra - Marybelle Polka


A very rare clip from 1958.





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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Friday, April 18, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Joe Fedorchak Orchestra - Where Did The Good Times Go



Joe and the gang at Seven Springs doing "Where Did The Good Times Go."

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Slavko Avsenik & Gregor Avsenik



Slavko Avsenik (accordion) with his son Gregor Avsenik (guitar) playing in Piran, Slovenia in 1998.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Frank Yankovic "Tick Tock Polka"

Frank and the Yanks with the "Tick Tock Polka"

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