Category Archives: Polish Music

Folk to Polkas

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By now everyone should know that the Polka is not a National Dance in Poland, but rather, Polkas come from old folk tunes, set to a dance beat by Polish Americans. Continue reading

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Onion Harvest „Dożynki” Festival

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The Onion Harvest Festival in the black dirt region of Pine Island, NY, was a Woodstock-like outdoor celebration, beginning with a float Parade, the crowning of a Queen and her court, presentation of the wreath to the Lord and Lady of the Manor, Polka dancing, Polish cuisine, and more than 200 locals, young and old, dressed in home-made Polish costumes, performing traditional Polish folk songs and dances. Continue reading

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Poland 6

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There I was, sitting in the shadow of the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill, gazing out over the Wisła River, and eating pierogi. It just doesn’t get any better than this!!! Continue reading

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Poland 5

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Having identified the restaurant with the best pierogi, and having located a booth with incredible placki (potato pancakes), I was still being challenged in the search for my favorite ice cream, Advocaat likier jajeczny. That’s because all the ice cream stands changed their selection every day. Continue reading

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Poland 4

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I returned to my room in the tower of Krasiczyn Castle following a performance of the Magnificent Mazowsze at the giant sports arena in Rzeszów. Filled to capacity, including the floor of the arena, the audience began cheering wildly as soon as the orchestra walked out. It was like being at a rock concert or sporting event, for among the attendees were performers from 30 dance groups from around the world, and they all idolized the Mazowsze Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble. Continue reading

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Kolędy from Mazowsze

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When the Mazowsze Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble toured the U.S.A. and Canada, they dazzled audiences with, not only songs and dances from 43 ethnographic regions of Poland, but they also sang several beautiful Kolędy, Polish Christmas Carols, which echo the rhythms of the Polonaise, Mazur, Kujawiak, and Krakowiak, Poland’s national dances. Continue reading

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Poland’s Five National Dances

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Poland is a nation rich in culture, and musical tradition. In fact, Poland even has five (5) National Dances. There are few countries in the world that have even one national dance. Continue reading

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Mazowsze Legends

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Maybe it was the memory of a song on the radio… or a Mazur from a Chopin concert… Maybe it was the Polish blood flowing through my veins…. Maybe it was all of these things that caused my heart to beat to the rhythms of the music of Tadeusz Sygietyński. Whatever it was, it was magic ! I was hooked !! Continue reading

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The Magnificent Mazowsze… in the Matecznik

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As the girls sang, they put their arms around each other and swayed side to side. Having taken this song to their hearts, he knew they would touch the hearts of their audience, so it was added to their repertoire. Continue reading

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It’s Oberek time !!

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While the Polka is not one of Poland’s National Dances, the Oberek is !
The Oberek is also the second most popular dance among Polish Americans. Continue reading

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Around the World with Mazowsze

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Everyone who has ever seen Mazowsze knows that they are the No.1 Polish folk song and dance troupe in the world, but you may not know that Mazowsze’s repertoire also consists of songs from 50 other nations as well. Songs that they sing when on tour in those countries…. Continue reading

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Listen to the Mockingbird

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Birds are like little angels, bringing sweet songs and divine guidance to us. The message of the Mockingbird is Respect….as in R-E-S-P-E-C-T, and they certainly could rival Aretha Franklin in the way they belt out a song. Continue reading

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Beware of the Dance Mix !!

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The unfortunate thing about Europe is Techno-Rock….
In my efforts to buy one of Siklawa’s CD’s, I made the mistake of buying their “Dance Mix” album. I mean, it had the song titles I was looking for….
Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be Techno Rock !!! Yikes !! Continue reading

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