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Thread #171264   Message #4141530
Posted By: GUEST,Ewan McVicar
12-May-22 - 06:35 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Dixie Darling and Karelian Polka
Subject: Origins: Dixie Darling and Karelian Polka
Discussion in today's media of Finland joining NATO reminds me of a 1981 tour made to Finland with a pickup band called Glasgow Green.
In Jyvaskula we her a fiddler called Markku, who played a favourite Finnish tune, the Karelian Polka, Karelia being the culture-rich Finnish province annexed by the Soviets after WW2.
I recognised the fiddle tune as the basis for My Dixie Darling, performed by Uncle Dave Macon, and a favourite song of Billy Connolly's and other Old Timey fans.
Grabbing a province and claiming ownership. What's new? I grieve for all my Russian friends caught up in the absurd lies of wartime.