Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mariechen Waltz

I'm rediscovering some "Dutchman-style" polka bands, from Wisconsin or Minnesota: Brian's MVD, Karl's Country Dutchmen, and some of earlier bands like Elmer Scheid or Whoopee John. All use the chemnitzer concertina in a small ensemble. Arrangements sound structured but there's never anyone reading music.

Mariechen Waltz was the theme song for Whoopee John Wilfahrt, the first of the midwestern polka bands to record.

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