The Fezziwig Express Does Polka!
Tom Kusek, Paul Nunez, and Keith Heffner (AKA "The Boys") have recently branched out into writing and recording original Polka songs. Inspired by Tom Kusek’s Hazelton, PA roots, the Heff churned out a couple of numbers
that were met with immediate critical success (that means our wives liked them a lot.)
Since no one can quite figure out what the heck a Fezziwig is anyway, we just record stuff we like regardless of musical genre.
As Paul is fond of saying: “Don’t put my music in a box man, we can do it all!”
The band caught a lucky break when Polka Joe Manjack began playing the songs on his weekly
Magic Polka Machine every Sunday 10am-1pm EST.
So come back and visit our site when you can and look for more polkas coming up as we
explore the essence of the east coast style Tom is so fond of.
A little backstory on the songs:
I Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda
Just a fun little diddy from The Fezziwig Express . Who among us hasn’t spoken the phrase: “I Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda” at some point in our lives—me at least once a week! This song describes how we get nervous sometimes before asking someone to dance for the first time. Features Paul on the tenor sax.
“This one has a great beat,” says Peg Kusek (an Arizona Polka Pal)
Mr. Accordion Man
This is a tribute to all the amazing polka accordionists in the world. And everyone knows “it ain’t no joke-a, it’s really not a polka” without an accordion. The fictional character, Mr. Accordion Man, represents the quintessential polka accordion player. Gotta love those bellows shakes So, give them your props (man or woman) next time you go to hear your favorite polka band!
If My Dog Could Dance She’d Do The Polka
We sure do love our dogs and when we blast the Magic Polka Machine on Sundays our German Shepherd loves it. This is just a silly song dedicated to our very own Polka Pups that we think would love to dance with us—especially to the Polka!
(Not to knock the feline friends of the show, we just don’t have any at home.)
Enjoy! (and remember to give your Polka Pup a big hug today)
My Gal Val
Keith has been bitten by the Polka bug ever since he’s been listening to Polka Joe. He’s now retired and having a ball working on new
Polkas for fun. “My Gal Val” is a solo venture inspired by his wife Valerie and a desire to come up with a polka for Valentine’s Day.
He says if he keeps this up, he may have a complete album by Thanksgiving!
(He’s also getting a year’s worth of good Karma credit from Valerie as she loves the song too!)
My Good Friend I’ll Be There
This tune was inspired by Keith’s fellow Fezziwigger Tom Kusek. Tom’s been enduring considerable physical pain and mental strain since last August of 22'and will be going through a series of operations on his leg and back over the next year or so.
It’s been slow going but he’s working at getting better every day.
Sometimes we all just need to hear the words even though we know our friends and family are there for us.
So, if you get a chance to tell someone you’re there for them, just say it out loud.
Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boilo!
This song captures the spirit and humor of making Boilo, a traditional holiday libation attributed to regional PA coal miners.
The magic started when band member Tom Kusek shared his Boilo stories with his pal Keith Heffner.
Keith decided to whip up a batch of his own using a recipe he found in a Susquehanna Valley paper.
One sip and he was inspired to write this song.
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