2019

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Alex Meixner
Dynamic accordionist Alex Meixner mixes an array of musical styles into traditional, exuberant Central European party music, letting die-hard polka fans to enjoy the evolution and letting hipsters discover all there is to love in the innately fun genre. Solo and with his band, he has performed at major venues and festivals around the world, as well as at uncountable accordion-centric events. His virtuosic yet quirky style has made him a sought-after collaborator (he worked alongside Jack Black in the 2017 Sundance pick The Polka King), spokesperson (Hormel and Ford have used his music), and educator. His recording "Polka FreakOut" with Brave Combo's Bubba Hernandez won him a GRAMMY nomination.

After finishing his degrees, including a Masters from Pennsylvania State University in trumpet performance, Meixner went on to collaborate successfully outside the polka world, collaborating with everyone from Tex-Mex alt rockers The Krayolas to avant garde accordionist and composer Guy Klucevsek. He explored rock and polka's intersections with Brave Combo. His duo album with Brave Combo alum Bubba Hernandez, "Polka Freak Out", was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2007.

Gary Blair 
Gary has been playing accordion from the age of 8 having been taught by his father Jimmy. A regular winner of competitions through the UK, Gary has been judging accordion competitions since 1982 and has adjudicated at many festivals around the world.

His accordion travels have included performances in the USA, Canada, Italy, France, Siberia, Korea, China, Russia, India, and the UAE.

He continues to perform around the globe and is a teacher both in private and on the internet via Skype.

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