Slovak Folk Songs (1928/30)

Adele Keshelak sings three pairs of traditional Rusyn folk songs from Slovakia, recorded in New York on January 30th 1930: Track 1 - "Rusadelina Fialocka" ("Forget me Not") and "D'Irava Mi Stricha Na Stajni" ("My Pet Horse Was Stolen"); Track 2 - "Na Dolini, V Hustom L' Is' I Na Dubi" ("In The Valley, In The Forest") and "D'Ivki, D'Ivki Hej D'Ivki Na Selo" ("Girls, Girls, to Maidenlane"); Track 3 - "Uz Singl'ujut Zakryvajut Kasarnu" ("They're Fitting Out The Barracks") and "Na Oktobra, Na Persoho" ("Joining The Army"). The accordion soloist is Pawel Ondricka. Michael Tokarick provides one of the introductory speaking voices on Track 3; below are two folk songs form his miner's band.

These two Slovak folk dances were recorded in Camden, New Jersey on May 11th 1928. "Minersville Polka" is named after Tokarick's hometown in the coal mining region of Pennsylvania. "Zelenim Hajecku" ("In The Green Fields") is a traditional folk tune.

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