At the end of 2015, I read many articles about all the music stars who passed in 2016. Today I’d like to salute one more performer who was very very well known within his own musical world, but his passing did not get a mention among the bigger international stars.
Who was Scrubby Seweryniak? He was a singer and chemnizer concertina player, and along with drummer Larry Trojak, he led a band from Buffalo New York that might have been the greatest polka band ever – The Dynatones.
I highly recommend the CD, Vintage Dynatones for those of you who want to explore a different musical world, one populated with the most fantastic polkas, obereks and waltzes. The singing is in both English and Polish, but I don’t think of this as Polish music so much as Polish-American music. I love the swirling concertina melodies, the bellows-shaking, the driving polka beat and the wonderful horns.
Scrubby Sewernyniak passed on July 22, 2015 from cancer. He was just 68. Mr. Seweryniak was inducted into the polka hall of fame (yep, there is one!) in 1994. Below I’ve shared an introduction to Dynatones material. Enjoy.