All posts tagged “polkas

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Here’s Paulino Bernal Paulino Bernal was born in 1939. Along with his brother Eloy and their group El Conjunto Bernal, he was a conjunto innovator and a diatonic accordion master, integrating an array of musical influences. In the early 70’s he gave up the “devil’s… Read More

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Chemnitzer Concertinas

I’ve been reading about chemnitzer concertinas. I’ve never played one of these beautiful instruments. They’re important in the “Push” style of Polish-American polka music which features the concertina, accordion (often playing “bellows-shake”), a pair of trumpets, bass and drums. Here’s Scrubby and the Dynatones from… Read More

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Some Polish folk music

An oberek can be a formal dance or in the Polish-American tradition, a brass-driven social dance. It can also be a folk tune – and regular readers of this blog will know how charged up I get when I hear a little roots music. Here’s… Read More