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Although the questions below were originally written for new Polka
band listings, they also apply to any other type of "acoustic"
Folk/Bluegrass band that would like a new listing in the FolkLib Index,
whether they are based in Wisconsin or not, and also whether they are
still active or not. For Wisconsin based bands, those in
every existing genre of music
will be listed. Non-Wisconsin, non-"acoustic" Folk/Bluegrass bands will
only be listed if they have appeared, or will appear, at one of the
Wisconsin Music Festivals listed on the following pages.
Wisconsin Music Festivals
Past Wisconsin Music Festivals (2002-date)
Wisconsin Polka Bands
Wisconsin Polka Discography
Wisconsin Polka Collections Discography
If you have a Polka band you would like added, here are a few
questions. Answer as many as you can, or that apply for the band you would
like added. If you have more than one band you would like added, list the
information for each band in a separate E-Mail message with the band's
name as the message subject. Thank you for helping increase the on-line
documentation I try to provide on this Web site.
For Non-Wisconsin, non-"acoustic" Folk/Bluegrass bands:
When did you perform at a
Wisconsin Music Festival?
If you never have,
please write, sending the URL of your
Web site, and I will decide whether or not it would be appropriate to list
For bands which are not based in Wisconsin, but were at one time:
What years, and in what city, was your band based in Wisconsin?
Continue on by answering the "Wisconsin bands" questions below.
For Wisconsin bands, and "acoustic" Folk/Bluegrass bands:
Please send your answers to the following questions to:
- What is/was the official band name? Does/did it have any
aliases, as in, "also known as"?
- Where is/was the band based, city, state? If the band was never
based in Wisconsin, and none of its members ever lived in Wisconsin, I
will only list it if it has a current Web site I can link to, and the only
other information I will list is the band member names and, if known,
their birth/death information.
- Current band members
- Former band members
birth date, birth place, death date, death place
The following applies to Wisconsin bands only:
- Did the band ever have a Web site, or if it is no longer active,
is an historical site going to be created I can link to? It is a bit
beyond the scope of this Web site, but I could list some details like
memorabilia and memories of the band on a new page off of the Polka Site
Map page at,
Let me know if you are not going to create a Wisconsin band Web site and
want me to create a Polka band page here. Before attaching scans of
memorabilia in .jpg or .gif format, send a description to see if I feel it
is appropriate for installing here. As there are no audio or video files
on this Web site, please do not send any. I do not have time to install
and maintain a complete Web site for any Polka band, or any other musician.
Note: I am not creating any Wisconsin non-Polka band pages at this time.
- What exact years was the band active?
- What were the names of all the band members, what instrument(s)
did each one play, and what city was each one from?
Name Index - by city
If someone was a member only during part of the band's history, please
state which years they were a member. For example, Band name (active:
1970-1985), Member name (1978-1983). Even if you have no information
about those other bands, what other bands has each member been in?
- Was the band ever been reviewed or documented in print? If so,
please send a detailed bibliography. Although I have decided not to
include this chapter in my book, this info will be listed at,
- If visitors to this site want more information about the band or
would like to purchase their recordings, please send whatever
Contact information you would like added at the end of the band's
discography entry, or, if the band has never recorded anything, to their
- Please send details about each recording they released: LP,
cassette, CD, 78, 45, 8 track, VHS, DVD:
Release date year, Title (A/B side titles if a 78 or 45),
Record label, Catalog number
- 78/45 singles will only be listed on this Web site and not in my
2006 book. Were any of them ever re-released in LP, cassette or CD format
so the albums can be listed in the book?
"FolkLib Index: Wisconsin Discography
(Recordings by Wisconsin resident musicians 1948-2005)"
Every current or former Wisconsin resident recording artist known to
me will be listed in the book. However, the recorded titles by
Pop/Rock and related musical genres
will not be listed in the book.
- If the same members did not play on every recording, who did play
on each recording?
- If any non-members performed on a recording, i.e.
session players, list them separately, including their names,
instrument(s), and what city they are from.
- Have any of the members done any session work on anyone else's
- Has the band appeared on any Various Artists Collection albums?
Wisconsin Polka Collections Discography
Wisconsin Collections (by Release Date)
Please send additions and/or corrections to Doug Henkle:
P.O. Box 331, Ripon, WI 54971-0331
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Douglas H. Henkle, All Rights Reserved.