Ob šilcu slivovke – Oberkrainer Slivowitz (B. Prešeren) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

This is another of the most popular polkas by Alpski Kvintet (Alpenoberkrainer) from Slovenia, originally released around the 1970s with the legendary line up which featured Jože Burnik on accordion, Ivan Prešeren on trumpet, Vinko Sitar on clarinet, Jože Antonič on guitar, and Janez Per on baritone (who remains their baritone and bass player to […]

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Stainzer Polka (E. Reinisch) [Sheet music]

Stainzer Polka (Stainz is a municipality in Styria, so based on Grazer Spatzen being from Styria, it’s probably named after that) is an instrumental from the 1990s by Erich Reinisch, the trumpet player from one of Austria’s most popular and influential (while specialising in Oberkrainer style) Alpine folk music bands from Austria, Grazer Spatzen (Sparrows

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Beltuna Polka – Blick vom Dachstein (M. Kovačič) [Sheet music]

‘Beltuna Polka’ or ‘Blick vom Dachstein’ (View from Dachstein – a mountain range in the Upper Austria, Styria and Salzburg regions of Austria) is a recent instrumental polka by Matej Kovačič, an amazing accordionist from Slovenia who has been performing since the 1980s. His parents are legendary composer/arranger Boris Kovačič and singer Stanka Kovačič, known

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Moje sanje, sanje najine (B. Kovačič) [Sheet music]

This is a beautiful waltz by legendary Slovenian composer Boris Kovačič, sung by his wife Stanka Kovačič in the 1960s and covered several times by Slovenian popular-folk (Oberkrainer) ensembles. The title translates to “My dream, our dream” and sings of two people in love, who dreamed together every night when they first met, and continue

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Hegl Boarischer – Rehragout Boarischer (Bavarian folk song) [Sheet music] [Accompaniment track]

This is a traditional folk song which is said to have originated from Bavaria, known as ‘Rehragout Boarischer’ which translates to ‘Venison stew’ and is a Boarischer (basically a slower paced 2/4 dance from Bavaria). In the 1980s it was adapted by an incredibly popular Austrian folk music group from Tirol, Zillertaler Schürzenjäger, as ‘Hegl

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Mi ne gremo na drug planet – Wir bleiben hier auf dieser schönen Welt (V. & S. Avsenik) [Sheet music]

This is another one of the Avsenik brothers’ polkas which have become more widely played in the last few decades. Its Slovenian title translates to “We’re not going to another planet” and its German title similarly translates to “We’ll stay here in this beautiful world”. Its lyrics speak of refusing to visit other planets, as

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