Barbara Deutsch Oktoberfest Trio
We are a group of 3 professional musicians playing clarinet, accordion with vocals, and tuba, based out of the East Bay near San Francisco, CA. We specialize in traditional Oktoberfest music, German and American polkas, German and European waltzes, and German folk dance music of several types.
- Clarinetist Barbara Deutsch (studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music) of German heritage, aber Ich spreche Deutsch nicht so gut!
- Accordionist and Vocalist Linda "Big Lou" Seekins, Founder of Those Darn Accordions and Big Lou's Polka Party
- Tuba player Rick Elmore, also known as "Professor Gizmo" (a one-man band)
Between all of us, we've also performed with these local groups: Alpine Sound, Polka Geist, Silicon Valley Musikantenstammtisch, Polkacide, Bay area German folkdance troupes, Schwabenlanders Band, and Tom Torriglia's Polka Band, as well as many non-German groups too.
We've got lots of fun repertoire with all your favorite drinking songs, as well as classics like "Edelweiss", German and American polkas such as "Liechtensteiner" and "Beer Barrel", beautiful German and European waltzes such as "Schneewalzer" and "Wiener Blut or Vienna Blood" (Strauss), music for several types of German folk dances, and even some Oberkrainer tunes from the wonderful Slavko Avsenik! Our accordionist has also been known to sneak in a Frech cafe tune when no one is looking--surprise! We like to end our performances with great music from Tyrol, Austria that leaves everyone feeling happy and energized!
Think of us for your next celebration. We're available for Oktoberfest, birthday parties, corporate parties, anniversaries, retirement celebrations, festivals, and all special occasions. Our music puts smiles on people's faces and is so much fun for anytime you need a little extra joy.