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    Alpine folk music with Alpen Musikanten

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    SATURDAY 29th June  - Alpine folk music with Alpen Musikanten

    Doors 4.00 pm / Show 5.00 - 7.00 pm 

    Tickets $20 online $25 on the door 


    Alpen Musikanten (German for 'Alpine musicians', or 'Alpski Muzikantje' in Slovenian) is a Melbourne-based Alpine folk music trio specialising in popular folk music from Slovenia and Austria. We have a passion to play music just as it's done in Europe right now, which is enjoyed by all generations alike, and pride ourselves on both our authenticity and high energy which gets toes tapping and dancefloors started. Focusing on fast polkas and waltzes, we also add well-known songs from neighbouring countries and feature vocals in German, Slovenian, Italian, French and English. We feature a piano accordion, bass, and guitar as well as vocals. 

    Our style is based on the Slovenian 'Oberkrainer' style which has transformed the way Alpine folk music is performed across Slovenia, Austria, the southern part of Germany (Bavaria), and smaller but passionate populations in neighbouring areas such as Hungary, Northern Croatia, Northern Italy, and Switzerland. This style was pioneered by the Avsenik brothers from Slovenia in the 1950s, who revolutionised Alpine folk music with the introduction of guitar and bass rhythm elements inspired by French Gypsy Jazz and Swing music, an infectiously happy sound of accordion rhythm using sixteenth notes, a constant flow of new compositions, and all performed in a colourful, traditional Slovenian costume, hailing from the 'Gorenjska' or 'Oberkrain' region (which happens to be where the famed Kransky sausage comes from). 

    This new sound sparked thousands of imitator bands to arise across Europe throughout the latter half of the 20th century through to the 21st, legitimising its presence as a genre, and further promoting the tiny country of Slovenia to an international audience. In those parts of Europe, thousands of people regularly drive across several borders every weekend to hear their favourite bands in concert halls, tents, week long festivals and gatherings, where the only objective is to listen to the happiest music on Earth, dance, and enjoy amazing traditional food. We would love to share this carefree music with you.

    We are Phill Nadvesnik on accordion (Slovenian-Australian accordionist who teaches Alpine folk music to accordionists around the world), Peter Grivic on bass (Slovenian-Australian accordionist turned bass player, crowned as Australia's 'polka king' at the Slovenian-Australian competition 'Polka Down Under') and Paul Gillett on guitar and vocals in multiple languages (composer and vocalist who performs several different styles and groups around the country and internationally, including La Mauvaise Reputation, Floyd Thursby and Skiffle Party). 


    • In the case of feature ticketed shows, seating will be automatically assigned to all ticket holders, and please be aware that some tables are shared; no reservations are required for tables.
    • Limited seating is offered for all dance party events to allow for an open dance floor experience.
    • Open Studio offers a patio and an outdoor garden courtyard with seating.
    • Enjoy a variety of options, including sweet and savory crepes, cheese boards, jaffles, homemade nachos, cocktails, mocktails, and more, served until late.
    • Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, as per our no-refund policy.
    • The ticket price is inclusive of GST.
    • A booking fee applies to all tickets.
    •   Open Studio is family friendly however, under 18's need to be accompanied by parent or guardian

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