Grandpa From Kranj Polka (J. Miskulin) [Sheet music]

Joey Miskulin is an incredibly accomplished accordionist and music producer of Slovenian and Croatian roots from the United States. I’ve always known about him for his work with Frankie Yankovic (in the Cleveland-Style Polka genre), although Miskulin has worked with the likes of Johnny Cash, John Denver, and even contributed to the soundtrack for Toy …

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Rajanje na vasi (F. Mihelič) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

“Rajanje na vasi” is an instrumental polka by the ever-smiling Franc Mihelič, one of the most popular and influential diatonic button accordionists from Slovenia within the Slovenian popular-folk and Alpine styles. The Slovenian title means “Raging in the village” or “Fun in the village” while the German title “Beim Dorftanz” translates to “At the village …

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Pot Pod Noge (M. Kovačič) [Sheet music]

Growing up in the 1990s and most of the 2000s, before YouTube, my only access to Oberkrainer/Alpine music videos was my dad’s video tapes and streaming some very pixelated video from TV Slovenija’s website on dial-up. One of these tapes was simply called “Narodno-zabavna glasba” (Folk-pop music) featuring random Slovenian ensembles from the 1980s, taped …

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Party Polka (H. Färber) [Sheet music]

This is an instrumental polka composed by Helmut Färber, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from the Austrian Oberkrainer band Die Mooskirchner. The original recording featured the ensemble’s co-founder Helmut Freydl on the chromatic button accordion. It’s a technically demanding song to play on the accordion which can be challenging to find appropriate fingering and right hand chords, …

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