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Independent Polka Music

Polka is defined as a vivacious couple dance of Bohemian origin in duple time was a basic pattern of hop-step-close-step; a lively Bohemian dance tune. The polka was originally a Czech peasant dance, developed in Eastern Bohemia (now part of Czechoslovakia). Bohemian historians believe the polka was invented by a peasant girl - Anna Slezak - in Labska Tynice in 1834. It was composed to a folk song "Strycek Nimra Koupil Simlaā€¯ (Uncle Nimra brought a white horse). Anna called the step "Madera" because of its quickness and liveliness.

Artist

Description

The Barich Brothers

Slovenian polka band.

Chmielewski Funtime Band

Since 1882, the Midwest's most well known entertainers and synonymous with polka music.

Dobro - Slovenian Trio

pecializes in old world music, polkas, and sing-a-longs.

Doris and the Sidekicks

Minnesota accordionist playing Finnish polka.

The International Main Street Polka Band

Traditonal Amercian Polka

Leroy Larson and The Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble

An eclectic mix of music, primarily Scandinavian polkas, waltzes and schottisches.

Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Project

50+ Minnesota musicians who got together to bring some new life to traditional old-time fiddle tunes from Minnesota.

Father Frank Perkovich

Styled his own version of the Polka Mass on Minnesota's Iron Range.

Ronny Setniker

Minnesota Button Box Polka Hall of Fame member.

Richie Yurkovich & Polkarioty

A polka / variety band featuring a blend of many styles of music.

Singing Slovenes

An ethnic non-profit singing group from Duluth, Minnesota that promotes Slovenian heritage.

The dance was first introduced into the ballrooms of Prague in 1835. The name of the dance (pulka) is Czech for "half-step", referring to the rapid shift from one foot to the other.

Throughout the 19th century it became quite popular in both Europe and the United States. The tempo of the dance is moderately fast and is set in a duple meter of 2/4. During the late 19th century polkas were composed by a number of ballroom composers, including Johann Strauss, both the younger and elder.

Independent Music From Independent Bands and Musicians

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