Up the Downstair

Being a weeklie podcaste from Madison, Wisconsin featuring several remarkable curiosities therein occurring being a compendium of live music from divers artistes

Show #224: Stanky & The Coal-Miners

September 14th, 2010

While I’ve written about polka some here at UtD, I don’t think I’ve ever posted a polka show. (The Net isn’t exactly brimming with the stuff, apparently.) But that changes today.

 Show #224: Stanky & The Coal Miners

I have to admit that I had never heard of Stanky & The Coal-Miners until very recently and can’t find a whole lot about them. What I have found lacks much detail so we’re stuck with this:

John Stanky, the “Gentleman Of Polkas”! John began his musical career in 1945. He formed his first band in 1950, changing their name to the “Coalminers” in 1962, as some of the players worked the mines.

To date, the group has recorded many albums,and has performed on cruise ships as well as numerous tours to Holland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, South America, China and many other fabulous places.

John has composed more than 40 songs. His most popular is the “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie Polka”. His “Hats Off To Pennsylvania” is being considered for the state song.

Anyway, this is their show from 10 July of this year at the 72nd National Folk Festival in Butte, Montana. It is a really nice audience recording.

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Stanky & The Coalminers

Curiously enough, there is a short clip of the band in action up on YouTube.

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