Chapter 35: Crying Holy unto the Lord: Midwestern Sacred Musical Traditions

   The Polish Conversation Class singing Polish carols in Holy
Family Catholic Church in Ashland, 1990. Bernice Barnak and
Mary Stelmach are second and third from the left. Photo: Jim Leary

Thomas Timm on Welsh singing
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Agnes Thomas Timm discusses the Welsh tradition of singing, including how the
voice may be developed while singing in the mines.

y bar" (excerpt)
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This excerpt of "Crug y bar," a Welsh funeral hymn, is sung by the
Gymanfa Ganu Choir.

March on Lake Superior Finns
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Rick March talks about the Lake Superior Finns and the singing traditions of
the Apostolic Lutherans, comparing it to how the Welsh communites sing hymns.

Karye on hymn singing
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Charles Karye comments on how his parents were influential in him becoming
a hymn singer in the Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church.

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This is an example of a Finnish Apostolic Lutheran hymn as sung by Charles Karye
and Lempi Luoma.

wszysy do stojenki" (1)
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The Polish carol "Pojdzmy wszysy do stojenki" (Let's all go to
the stable) is performed by Alvin Styczynski's polka band from
Pulaski, WI.

wszysy do stojenki" (2)
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Jim Leary introduces this version of "Pojdzmy wszysy do stojenki" by
discussing the integration of pagan magic and Christian beliefs.
The carol is sung by Bernice Barnak and Mary Stelmach.

For information on Polish feather stripping parties, see the Wisconsin
Folklore Listener

se narodi"
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The old country carol, "Radujte se narodi" ("Rejoice, Ye Peoples"),
is sung by Croation Catholic John Kazele.

Offer Bread and Wine"
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"We Offer Bread and Wine" is an example of a Slovenian-style "polka
mass." It known in English as "The Barking Dog Polka."

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