Big Muddy Folk Festival


Ray Abshire Trio
Cathy Barton & Dave Para
and Bob Dyer

Byron Berline & Barry Patton
Peter & Lou Berryman
Ralph Duren
Leela & Ellie Grace
Polka Don Lipovac
Katy Moffat
Bill Spence & George Wilson
Matt Watroba

Missouri Folk Arts Program





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Big Muddy Folk Festival
Boonville, Missouri
April 5—6, 2002

Polka Don Lipovac

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"Polka" Don Lipovac is a world-class accordionist who hails from the Strawberry Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan., and his musical inspiration has always come from the people of that area: Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, German, Italian, French and Russian. He won the American Accordion Association National Championship in 1958 and placed fourth in the world competition in Brussels. He has degrees in theory and music education from the Kansas City conservatory and has appeared on the Lawrence Welk show. His love for traditional ethnic music brings him here, for Don has spent his life helping to preserve the music of Slovenia and Croatia by playing, teaching and arranging hundreds of folk melodies for his pupils. He directed the St. John's Tamburitzans Orchestra for 30 years, giving 30 concerts a year and has the unique distinction of being inducted in both the Tamburitzan Association of America Hall of Fame and the Polka Hall of Fame.