Friday, November 6, 2020

Erpfenhauser Dorfmusikanten

So sorry to have no Oktoberfest celebrations this year, but on the bright side, here's Erpfenhauser Dorfmusikanten! What a good group!

Friday, September 18, 2020

It started in Scranton!

It started in Scranton, it's now No 1
It's bound to entertain you
Everybody has a mania
To do the polka from Pennsylvania

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Musikantenstadl exists in our world

Happy Oktoberfest season! Let's turn our thoughts now to Musikantenstadl! For better or worse.

Monday, September 10, 2018

US Marine Band

What an excellent ensemble!  It's the excitement of a circus, a crowd, a festival. For me, this is fantastic and joyous music that isn't merely 'patriotic'.

The complete Sousa marches are available as free MP3 downloads:

Many of these videos play with full scores:

I'm trying to learn Semper Fidelis as a concertina solo - - it's going to take me a while!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Mariechen Waltz

This was Whoopee John's theme song for many years. For me, it has a musical depth not often associated with polka music.

Here's the Whoopee John band under the direction of Vern Steffel. I'm guessing that means it's after Willfahrt's death in '61:

Here's a version that I am guessing predates Whoopee John's:

Here's one from 1909, maybe the oldest:

A slow one for Steirische Harmonika students

nice longhair Steirische solo: 

another Steirische version with lyrics:

Wayne Ripke band:

Choppmotorrad Freunde Musikanten

Curtis sent me this version of Trumpetten Echo:

The group's name translates to something like 'chopper motorcycle musician friends'.  They're people, and they make music, so that's good. I'm not going to judge beyond that. I can  imagine being there, and wanting out. Actually they sound pretty good. They've got bandoneons!

Here's a longer video.