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Fred Ziwich was inducted into the IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame just a few short weeks ago. Here's a throwback video from 8 years ago. ... See MoreSee Less

Who doesn't love some Happy Louie and Polka Family? Here's a blast from the past - 1991! ... See MoreSee Less

Waltzes: love 'em or hate 'em? What's your favorite waltz? ... See MoreSee Less

Im Looking for CDs made by Toledo polka motion,,with eddie Bieja ... See MoreSee Less

International Polka Association shared Curious City's Chicago-Invented Dances: The Polka Hop. ... See MoreSee Less

The “Chicago style” polka was created because polka entrepreneur Li’l Wally Jagiello had a problem: To get more gigs he needed to sell more drinks. His solution: Slow down the music!

Wally Dombrowski’s journey into music began when he started taking trumpet lessons at five years of age. Once he got the basics of the instrument down, it was evident that he could play by ear and would play along with recordings at home without the aid of any written music. His perfect pitch assisted him in teaching himself how to play concertina at the age of six. At the age of nine, Wally’s brother Rich organized the Polka Country Musicians and the band started performing at local functions around Connecticut in September, 1977.

Along the way, Wally also took piano lessons, but used his ear and innate God-given musical gift to teach himself other instruments. As the popularity of the Polka Country Musicians grew throughout New England and the northeastern United States, Wally was featured not only on concertina and trumpet, but eventually on bass, drums, violin and clarinet.

In addition to being a musician, vocalist, music arranger, bandleader, songwriter and music publisher, Wally has appeared on 18 recordings with the Polka Country Musicians and two solo recordings, as well as other recordings by Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones, Stas Bulanda, The Brass Connection and the Polkas For Charity recording, the proceeds of which were donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Wally’s passion for music knows no bounds by fusing influences from other forms of music, such as country and classic rock. He acknowledges the roots of Polish polka music from yesterday and bridges it to today with an eye on advancing the music into tomorrow.

This year marks the 5 year anniversary of Wally being inducted into the IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame. Enjoy this Flashback Friday video from 2006.
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One of the best-loved American Slovenian performers on the button accordion was Matt Arko Hoyer, the “granddaddy” of the button accordion players and pioneer performer of Slovenian polka and waltz music. Matt was born in Slovenia in 1891. He came to the U.S. in 1911 and settled in Cleveland.

As he learned to build, repair and tune accordions while in Slovenia, he continued this work in America. He formed the Hoyer Trio, which enjoyed immense popularity in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania. They recorded for Victor Talking Machine Co. in 1919, following to the Columbia Gramophone Co. and then for Okeh Records. In 1925, Victor introduced the new electrical process of making records and Columbia followed. One of the Hoyer Trio’s biggest selling discs was “Dunaj Ostane Dunaj,” taken from the German-Austrian march “Vienna Forever.”

Matt Hoyer continued to play well into the twilight of his years. In 1959 he became ill and succumbed to cancer on December 20, 1960. This year marks 30 years since Matt Hoyer was inducted into the IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame.
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Mark your calendars, and get your tickets ASAP! This event has sold out almost every year. Hope to see you in Ludlow, Massachusetts in March! ... See MoreSee Less

International Polka Association shared ErwinCooks's Alex Meixner at the SteelStacks. ... See MoreSee Less

A Boy and his Accordion...Master Musician Alex Meixner. SteelStacks visitPA

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