Friday, July 18, 2014

Schneider Polka

Here we have a video of Karl Hartwich sitting in with Malek's Fishermen, doing an energetic version of the Schneider Polka. I bought an arrangement of this on E-Bay (along with a few others) and we're playing it in the Blow Musik! band. I'm trying to play it on concertina. I'm no Karl Hartwich!
Schneiden: to cut. Schneider: tailor.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Biermösl Blosn

At the San Rafael farmer's market yesterday, I met a family from Amsterdam. They told me about a Bavarian group doing traditional Blasmusik but with leftist lyrics and comedy. Biermösl Blosn actually stopped playing in 2012 after 35 years. There are a lot of videos on Youtube, including this documentary in German.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Schmenges

Thanks to Dr. Bob for the tip on the Schmenge Brothers, here doing their signature tune, Cabbage Rolls and Coffee:

 I think they are actually playing their instruments! The idea of eastern european immigrants, trying to play polkas and speaking stilted english, isn't funny enough to make me want to watch their hour long tv special. I prefer John Candy's role as a polka band guy in Home Alone: