Compiled by Jeroen Nijhof.
Please let me know if you find any errors, or if you know of a link that should be included!

Folk in General

World music in general

  • Accordions Go Crazy was a band formed in 1984 after Mike Adcock [flash site] organised an event for accordion owners at the London Musician's Collective (normally a home for free improvisers). After a while the band settled as a six-piece, with Mike Adcock, Clive Bell [flash site] (who suggested the name), Sylvia Hallet, Nicola Hadley, Dean Brodrick and Stuart Jones. All played accordion (but not exclusively), with the music a mix of everything: reggea, Irish, waltzes, polka, cajun and zydeco... They recorded three albums on the Trikont label: "Overboard" in 1988, "Zombie Dancer" in 1989 (with Nicola Hadley replaced by drummer Ann Day), and "The art of paper folding" in 1991, with Stuart Jones replaced by Ruth Bitelli on bass guitar. Gradually people got more involved in other projects, and Accordions Go Crazy last played on a short tour of Italy in 1991, with Dan Brown replacing Ruth on bass.
  • Mike Adcock [flash site] is an eclectic pianist and accordionist. He was a founding member of Accordions Go Crazy, and has worked with Flaco Jiminez, the Ray Charles orchestra, African dance outfit Shikisha, composer Gavin Bryars, and The Last Dance Orchestra. Currently he plays blues and swing and a bit of zydeco in the Cadillac Kings, traditional Norwegian music with Vek, New Orleans style R&B in Natchez and improvised music in a duo with Clive Bell and in bands Paper Factory and The Unseemly Trio
  • Trio De Ambassadeurs (in Dutch) (formerly duo Nonino) from the Netherlands, with Rob Stoop on accordion, plays French gypsy music, musette, klezmer, and Russian and South-American music.

  • Ammaraciccappa is an Italian electro-world music ensmble, with members -- and influences -- from the Salento peninsula in the South of Italy and from the Maghreb; Fiore Benigni plays diatonic accordion.
  • Viviane Arnoux is difficult to categorize. Jazz music representative of all the cultures in the world comes close. She has recorded one CD on Buda Musique as part of a duo, Viviane Arnoux and François Michaud: A travel for two, and now four CDs with the group MAM: "Flammes" (which Buda Musique doesn't seem to know anymore), Gouttes d'eau, (in French) Franche Contrée, and Jazz in my musette. (in French) Besides, with MAM she has recorded a CD with Japanese songs, she has two CDs with Hugues Aufray, CDs with Jean Piero, Ray Lema, CDs with African musicians like So Kalmiery, Ngueleka and Bushman, and a techno CD with Limborg. She has toured with les Voix Bulgares, Sam Mangwana, I Mouvrini, and Céline Caussimon; and she plays or played in "Guinguettes & Canotiers". A myspace page for MAM
  • Rahman Asadolli, is Azerbaijan's foremost accordion (garmon) player, now living in Germany. Another page for Raham Asadolli. A review of The best of Rahman

  • The Asturiana Mining Company from Spain, with Margot Lorences on accordion, fuses Celtic music, Spanish music, blues, etcetera.
  • The Bala Hounds is a quasi-folk music quartet from Philadelphia, with Ranji Kumar on accordion, that plays exotic, hyper-original "post-psychedelic Appalachian swing", or "your basic Cajun-Hindu-Klezmer-bluegrass type of thing"
  • The Black Cat Orchestra from Seattle, with Kyle Hanson on accordion, was formed in 1991. Their repertoire includes music from Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia as well as original songs. Amongst others, they haveIn addition to performed original scores to several silent films

  • Bratfisch is a world music band from Vienna, Austria, with Tino Klissenbauer on accordion
  • Michaël Breukers (in Dutch) [Flash site] from Tilburg, the Netherlands plays all kinds of music, both solo and in various duos or bands: Blues, Zydeco, Klezmer, Calypso, Cumbia, klezmer, etc. He also teaches accordion to beginners and advanced accordionists.
  • Gertie Bruin (in Dutch) from Groningen, the Netherlands, has studied accordion with Egbert Spelde and theory of music with Johan de Wit. He plays modern classical music, amongst others in a duo with saxophonist Niels Bijl, as well as world music: tango, forró, cajun/Tex Mex (in "Laredo Rose"), etc. He also teaches, private and at music schools in Haren and Gieten.

  • Sophie Cavez (in French) from Belgium started playing the diatonic accordion in 2002 or so, but already plays and has played in many groups -- replacing Didier Laloy in some of them, like Urban Trad. Currently her main band seems to be KV Express. In Dazibao, (in French) in which she also plays percussion, Arabic folk is mixed with flamenco music. She also plays in diatonic accordion quartet Knopf Quartet, in duo Du Montanaro / Cavez (in French) (with fiddler Baltazar Montanaro) and Galician music in Camaxe. Besides she plays in various projects for children. She also teaches, both privately and in workshops. An interview with Sophie Cavez (in Dutch)
  • The Cockies is a four-piece band from Huon Valley, Tasmania, with Steven Ray on mandolin, bouzouki and accordion. They specialise in traditional music from around the world, with a particular interest in Cajun and Celtic music
  • Dutch accordionist and composer Gerie Daanen (in Dutch) has written music for music theatre, musicals, and commercials; his "Accordion Crimes" (inspired by the novel) was premiered on the 2008 "Het Accordeon" festival. He plays in world music ensemble ®chestra, and teaches at Municipal Centre for Cultural Education 'De Lindenberg' in Nijmegen, and as freelance teacher at various academies. A short biography of Gerie Daanen

  • Café Accordion Orchestra, led by Daniel Newton on accordion and vocals, performs an eclectic mix of French Musette, vintage swing, Latin and European dance music styles. Under the moniker Daddy Squeeze Music he plays in and organises various bands in all kind of styles: blues and Zydeco, Jazz, Celtic, Latin, etc.
  • Deishovida from Austria, with Lothar Lässer (a student of Mogens Ellegaard) on chromatic button-accordion, mix gypsy music from the Balkans, the hurdy-gurdy music of central France, tango, Celtic, Klezmer, New Music, minimal, jazz, pop, funk or reggae, etc. The band disbanded in 2008.
  • Dobrek Bistro is a group from Vienna around Polish accordionist Krzystof Dobrek, who also signs for all the compositions. They mix Musette, Salsa, jazz, Gypsy Swing, classical influences, balkam music, klezmer, slavic music etc.

  • Flairck, from the Netherlands, is difficult to categorize. One can probably compare it to the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
  • Gaia from Beersel, Belgium, with Jean-Pierre Vandenbosch on accordion and vocals, plays folk music from all over Europe, as well as North and South America and Israel. He also plays in Les P'tits Campagnols, (in French) who play dance music for children.
  • Itinerance (in French) from France, with Bruno Teruel (previously Philippe Borecek) on accordion is rather eclectic: they play klezmer, Irish and Cajun music, Piazzolla tangos, balkan music, and their own compositions.

  • All of the projects of Choux de Bruxelles, a small production company from Brussels, Belgium, seem to involve accordionist Piet Maris. He is member of six-piece band Jaune Toujours, whose music is described as Urban feel from Brussels, modern modern circus music, high-rise tango, subway-fado and gipsy rembetika. He also plays Eastern European and Balkan music in Mec Yek, and with Jaune Toujours he provided the music for the film Metafoor.
  • Matters Musical is an agency in Dorking, Surrey, UK, that can book artists from a wide range of styles. The site containts short descriptions of some of the bands on their roster.
  • Gwenaë Micault is an accordionist, bandoneon player, pianist, composer and arranger of Breton origin, born in Morocco, and now living in Belgium. With violin player Jean-Pierre Catoul he playe jazz fusion and world music, with Gypsy, Arab, Japanese, Bulgarian, American and French influences; Later he played piano and keyboards in Breton band Orion, and bandoneon in Silent Song Sextet, who play the music of Spanish classical composer Federico Mompou (1898 - 1978).

  • The record label Music and Words is specialised in all kinds of traditional music, and has publised records by amongst others John Kirkpatrick, Riccardo Tesi, Antonio Rivas, La Ciapa Rusa (Beppe Greppi), Gentiane (Jean Blanchard), Ti Jaz (Bernard Lasbleiz), Captain Gumbo (Mark Söhngen), Louisiana Radio (Onno Kuipers), Swamp Rat (Tony Weatherall), and Appellation Contrôlée (Servais Haenen).
  • Olla Vogala is a group from Ghent, Belgium, with 21 members, among which Anne Niepold on diatonic accordion (formerly Wim Claeys, and Philippe Thuriot also played accordion). With that many members of different backgrounds, they draw from wide-ranging sources and styles: medieval music, bourrees, Monteverdi, Flemish folk tunes, Arabic songs, old French ballads, a-capella song, performance, Middle Dutch recipes, own compositions and improvisations on existing themes.
  • The Paperboys from Vancouver, Canada, with Doug Schmidt on accordion, fuse Celtic, Latin, bluegrass & roots pop.

  • German piano accordionist and former JAMS member Cathrin Pfeifer plays in a wide range of styles: world music, rock, avant garde, music for theater and films, etc. With her band she plays own compositions, influenced by Argentinian musicians, Brasilian rhythms and melodies and French playing, as well as Balkan rhythms and Oriental influences. She recorded a CD Pänico Na Panificadora with two percussionists. In 2002 she published her 3rd (or 4th?) solo CD, "lonely tramp", and 2005 another CD (with band), "Waiting for Valentin" Her latest CD is "Tough & Tender", another solo CD.
  • Accordionist Zoltan Racz was born in Budapest, Hungary, and moved to the United States in 1970, to New York and soon after to Washington DC. He was a founding member of the Gypsy Strings, who play music from Eastern and Western Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and more. In 2004 he moved to Florida where he continues to play music on a regular basis.
  • Victor Santos is an accordionist from Miami, Florida, who has recorded over 20 albums in several countries. He plays various genres: World, Latin, and Country Music.

  • 17 Hippies -- neither 17 nor hippies -- is an anarchic world music band from Berlin, with Kruisko and Kiki Sauer on accordion. They feature in movie Halbe Treppe
  • Rahim Shahriyari is a garmon (Azerbaijani accordion) player living in Iran.
  • Smithsonian/Folkways publishes world music records such as Rene Maria Rivero: Bandoneon Pure, Dances of Urugay and a radio program series Folk Masters From the Barns at Wolf Trap, including a program "Accordion Kings"

  • Sol de Nit is, or rather was, a band from Catalonia, with Cati Plana on diatonic accordion. Their repertoire includes music from Catalonia and from all over the world. Apparently they have broken up.
  • De Speelman (in Dutch) is a Dutch world music agency.
  • Squeeze Play is a world accordion anthology, featuring music from the period from 1924 to 1950. A review of "Squeeze Play".

  • Uwe Steger (in German) from Großzöberlitz, Germany, studied accordion at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin until 1993, with Eduard Wall. He seems to be a Jack of all trades: in various bands he plays sophisticated accordion music (in duo Accart, with Heidi Hirschmüller), Italian entertainment, "something between ethno-mystic and vulgar folk", jazz, swing and comedy. Also he accompanies or has accompanied Klaus Hoffman (regularly), Montserat Caballé (with the Brandenburgischen Philharmonie), and Ina Deter, and he is active in theatre and film. Also he works as a teacher and juror at competitions. Often he plays an electronic Cavagnolo, it seems.
  • Mark Stillman from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a freelance accordionist specializing in international ethnic music.
  • 3 Mustaphas 3 live in a fridge in Szegerely. They were true world music fusion pioneers, playing any kind of world music they could lay their hands on. They sing amongst others in Swahili, Greek, Hindi, English, Turkish, Arabic, French, Spanish, Hebrew, Albanian, Serbian, Rom, and Indonesian, and that's only on two albums! A rather informative 3 Mustaphas 3 entry at allmusic.com. Another 3 Mustaphas 3 page. An interview with Hijaz Mustapha The latest 3M3 CD, "Play Musty for Me", is available from Kartini Music. There is a Three Mustaphas Three 3 M3 Yahoo group for world-music Szegerely stylee.

  • Tricycle from Belgium consists of three jazz musicians, including Tuur Florizoone [Flash site] on accordion. The trio was founded to accompany performances of circus school "Cirkus in Beweging", but has evolved into a regular concert band. They mostly play their own compositions, jazz and world music -- at the age of 17, Tuur Florizoone spent a year in Brazil, where he played in various groups, and followed workshops with Nana Vasconselos and Gilberto Gil. In 2004 they published their first CD, "Orange for Tea". They have toured widely, amongst others in Brazil, China, Canada, Romania and Germany.
  • On the German Trikont (in German) label you can find records by amongst others Attwenger, Accordions go Crazy, and anthologies on styles like Klezmer, Cajun and Zydeco, Schrammeln, and `La Paloma': 3 CDs already with versions of just one song!
  • German quartet Trio Grande with Hans Lang on diatonic accordion (and the other three members on hurdy-gurdy, guitar and djembe) plays own compositions of Central European dance music like French bourrées and German zwiefache, schottische and waltzes, influenced by Arabian scales and African rhythms.

  • Turlu Tursu (in French) from Belgium, play "Accordion 'n Drum 'n Bass", with Fabian Beghin providing the accordion part of that. They are an eclectic lot, that mix music from Turkey, India, Ireland, Eastern Europe, etc. with rock and jazz. A page for Turlu Tursu at their record label, Home Records.
  • VeDaKi (Vershki Da Koreshki) is a Indian/Russian (twice)/Senegalese ensemble based in Amsterdam, with Alexei Levin on accordion and piano
  • Ellen van Vliet (in Dutch) is a Dutch world music accordionists. She plays in trio Wereldact (in Dutch) and in accordion duo Black Celluloid, (in Dutch) together with Theo van Tol. She teaches at Muziekschool Amsterdam, (in Dutch) at Muziekschool Waterland, (in Dutch) and privately. And she also teaches world music workshops for music schools, brass bands, accordion orchestras and mixed ensembles.

  • Vorstand from Essen, Germany, with Helmut Düngen on bariton sax and accordion, is a world music/comic group
  • webmusici.nl from the Netherlands is the agent for amongst others En Route, Chats Cadiens, Fiddler on the Roof, Odessa Express and Witte Nachten.
  • Don Weeda from Texas plays accordion in the 1001 Nights Orchestra. They play Iberian, Greek, Persian, and Armenian music. He also plays in Slavadillo, an international folk dance band, that specialises in music from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, and more. He also plays in klezmer band Rubinchik's Yiddish Ensemble (founded by Bad Liver Mark Rubin). He used to play in The Haydukes, but that band is now defunct.

  • Whiskey Business is a band from New Zealand, with Joan Brown on accordion, who play a broad range of music from to Gillian Welch to REM interpreted in a world/folk/bluegrass style, with up to 3 part harmony vocals.
  • World Music Central has biographies of Maria Kalaniemi, Kepa Junkera, Rahman Asadollahi, Sharon Shannon, etc., as well as a page about the diatonic accordion.

Folk music in general

  • English folk music agency Adastra represents a huge number of artists, including 422, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, Klezmatics, La Bottine Souriante, Kepa Junkera, etc.
  • Anglo International is a 3 CD collection of Anglo concertina players from around the world, featuring John Kirkpatrick, Noel Hill, Niall Vallely, Scan Tester, Mary MacNamara, Zulu Squashbox, Jody Kruskal and many more
  • Belshazzar's Feast was an English duo, with Paul Hutchinson on accordion and Paul Sartin on oboe, violin and vocals. Thir repertoire ranges from 18th century Playford tunes (their next album will be a Playford one) to Scandinavian waltzes, and from music hall songs to their own compositions.

  • Blowzabella from England plays music from all over Europe. In 2003 they've reformed for a 25th anniversary tour, with Andy Cutting on melodeon.
  • Bobe Street Band is a duo / band from Pensacola, Florida, with Renee Arozqueta on accordion, guitar and vocals. Genre: "folk / indie / melodramatic popular song".
  • The Bottomfeeders are a group from Clayoquot Sound on the West coast of Vancouver Island, with Andre Sperling on accordion and percussion. They play mainly own material, influenced by old folk ballads, celtic, bluegrass, blues, rock, etc.

  • Folk music group Bravade (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Corine Westerlaken on accordion, plays folk music from Eastern and Western Europe
  • German duo [Jan] Budweis - [Bettina] Wunderlich (in German) on diatonic accordin / bandoneon and flute / percussion respectively, play (arrangements of) traditional music from all over Europe: Swedish polskas to Balkan music, bourrees to Zwiefacher, with jazz, klezmer and tango elements. And a bit of reggae...
  • Greg Bullough sings and plays melodon in the New York area shanty quartet `The Compass Rogues'

  • Peer van der Burgh (in Dutch) from Leiden, the Netherlands, plays in a variety of genres: shanties and Irish ballads, musette, international and Dutch repertoire, and swing. Apart from his solo efforts, he also plays in Kees Ouwejan en Makkers
  • Capstern (in French) is a French folk band with Bernard Loffet on accordion (his own make, presumbably). As is obvious from the name of the band, they sing songs of the sea.
  • Casal Del Vento (in Italian) is a group from Italy, with Sauro Lanzi on piano accordion and diatonic accordion, trombone and flute. The group started in 1991, playing Irish music; now their repertoire also includes Mediteranean, Balkan and Appenine music. A Wikipedia article about Casa del Vento

  • Cerise is a duo from Seattle Washington, consisting of Ruth Hunter on accordions and vocals and Ruthie Dornfeld on violin. They play music from all over Europe: traditional songs from Macedonia and Bulgaria, French waltzes, Finnish polskas, etcetera.
  • Multi-instrumentalist Ray Chandler from England plays banjo, concertina, flutes, uilleann pipes and bodhran, and sings, in various styles: Irish traditional, English morris, European dance, classical and contemporary.
  • Wim Claeys (in Dutch) started playing the diatonic accordion at 21, and soon after studied folk music at the Folkhögskola in Hudiksvall, Sweden. In 1996 he co-founded Ambrozijn, (that group is on sabbatical since 2008), and he started teaching accordion workshops. In 1999 he co-founded Tref (with also Didier Laloy and Bruno Le Tron), and in 2000 he started the massively popular Boombal folk dance evenings. Besides, he plays in duo Göze, with Maarten Decombel, folk jazz group Harakiwi, in Dirk Joengne!, and solo. Wim Claeys' myspace page. A Wikipedia page about Wim Claeys (in Dutch)

  • John Colville is an accordionist, guitarist and vocalist from Laidley, Australia. He plays C system chromatic button accordion and 2-row diatonic accordions; His repertoire includes mainly Scottisch, English, Irish and Australian songs and tunes, both for concerts and for dancing. He also hosts the Laidley Folk Club.
  • Cryptonique (in French) is a duo from Belgium, consisting of Didier Laloy on diatonic accordion and Fabian Beghin on piano accordion. Their music (own compositions) borders on Balkan and jazz.
  • Lisa Ekstrom plays accordion on various albums with Martin Simpson: Band of Angels, and Beautiful Darkness

  • Et Encore is a Flemish folk-rock group with Kris Ravelingien on accordion
  • Folkband Falarero (in German) from Aalen, with Margot and Lorenz Eitzenhöfer on accordion (and other instruments), plays music from all over Europe and beyond.
  • Accordion and melodeon player Ben Farmer from Lancaster in the Northwest of England plays in a number of bands: ceilidh music with "The Front Parlour Ceili Band"; music from central France, Brittany, Sweden and the Balkans with "Chouchenn"; and klezmer and European grooves with "Tabuka".

  • Folk (dance) orchestra ferdivedûnsje (in Dutch) from Friesland, the Netherlands, with Arjen Kok on accordions
  • Foghorn is a trio from Gressvik, Norway, with Richard Burgess on vocals, guitar and concertina, who play shanties, sea songs and maritime folk music.
  • The Folk Voice Band from Seattle, Washington, with Birgit Teuwen on accordion and Philip Ages on amongst others concertina, play songs and dance music from all over Europe: Balkan, Scandinavian, German, Russian, etc.

  • www.folkmusic.org is "the comprehensive source for folk and acoustic music resources on the World Wide Web"
  • Folkworks is a bi-monthly newspaper (available on-line) focussing on folk music and dance in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • The Gourds with Claude Bernard on accordion

  • Paul and Win Grace from Columbia, Missouri, tour throughout North America performing American roots and contemporary folk music. Win plays piano, autoharp, piano accordion and keyboards.
  • Granite Tapestry from Santa Barbara, with Kristina Eriksen on accordion and vocals, plays folk, blues, rock and roll standards, etc.
  • English accordionist Martin Green grew up playing English and Irish traditional music in the south of England -- but not necessarily in a traditional style. He keeps himself busy: for The Green Machine he brought together various musical friends to play his original compositions, in particular after he was commissioned to write some music for Celtic Connections 2006. He also plays in trio LAU with Kris Drever and Aidan O'Rourke. They play a modern sound, based on the traditions of England, Scotland and the Orkney. And with fiddler and guitar player Joe Townsend he recorded return to the woods, an album with influences including Duke Ellington, Romanian gypsy music, minimalism and English folk music. Previously he also played with Eliza Carthy (with whom he recorded a duo album Dinner), with Kathryn Tickell, Joan Baez, Linda Thompson, Eddi Reader, the Be Good Tanyas, etc.

  • Halfway Home is an American roots/folk band from Columbus, Ohio, with Patrick Casey on piano accordion
  • Die Hayner (in German) from Hessen, Germany, with Torsten Dreher on diatonisches accordion and bagpipes and Bettina Stier-Zinn on recorder, piano accordion and percussion. Until the early 90s they played mostly traditional music from Hessen, but after a change of personel their focus changed to French dance music.
  • Shanty choir De Headammers (in Dutch) from St Nyk, the Netherlands, is accompanied by three accordionists: Petra Kramer-Melchers, Teake Gras, and Marieke v/d Werf-Zonderland

  • Hoover the Dog is a trio from the mid Wales borders, with Paul Hutchinson on accordion. Their music is rather eclectic, encompassing jazz, classical (baroque), folk and East European styles, but with an overall Celtic flavour.
  • Mark Iannace a.k.a. Dr. Bellows was 2007 Detroit Music Awards Nominee for "Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Instrumentalist". He used to play with Tangerine Trousers; nowadays he plays solo and in duo/trio Luke Sayers and the Last to Know
  • Knopf Quartet (in French) is a diatonic accordion quartet from Belgium consisting of Anne Niepold, Vincent Ansaldi, Sophie Cavez and Jonathan De Neck. They play there own compositions, that sit somewhere inbetween jazz, contemporary music, classic music and folk.

  • Belgian Diatonic accordionist Didier Laloy (in French) keeps himself busy: he plays or played in Panta Rhei, in Ialma, (in Dutch) / (in French) in Trio Trad, in Urban Trad, (runners up by a narrow margin in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest -- apparently the accordion was more visible than audible :-), and in Tref, which also includes Wim Claeys and Bruno Le Tron.
  • Leadbelly (Huddy Ledbetter) is best known for his guitar playing, but he played accordion as well. And another Leadbelly page.
  • Accordionst and songwriter Amber Lee Baker from Santa Rosa, California, brings "Neo-Folkloric Accordion Charm". as Amber Lee and the Anomalies. Currently she is performing as a one-woman-show, using her accordion, glockenspiel, odd percussion instruments and a super-duper-looper. A myspace page for Amber Lee Baker and the Anomalies (with 6 songs from her first CD).

  • Lirio is a Dutch folk group, with Wouter Kuyper (in Dutch) on diatonic accordion, bagpipes and flute. They play traditional French, Flemish and Dutch music.
  • Madingma (in Dutch) is (or was?) a Belgian duo consisting of brothers Stefan and Diederik Timmermans. Stefan plays recorder and bagpipes, Diederik plays diatonic accordion. They play music from all over Europe: Swedish polskas, music from Limousin, Galician muñaras, Flemish polkas, etc.
  • The Maine Squeeze Accordion Ensemble from Portland, Maine, plays eclectic ethnic music in foot-tapping squeeze box tradition. They play at events, parties, schools, libraries, festivals, parades, etc. Four accordions and a washboard player make a joyful noise!

  • Mappa Mundi from North Carolina, with Jane Peppler on (amongst others) English concertina and accordion, plays `more or less traditional music' from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the US, etc.
  • Matres (in Dutch) is a band from the Netherlands with Marry van Zanten and Marijke Koeman on diatonic accordion. They play mostly Western European folk, French traditional music in particular, but also Scandinavian, Irish, Italian and South American music.
  • Composer, accordionist and pianist Jerimiah McLane plays Franco-American, Celtic, jazz, and roots influenced music, both solo and in various bands, including Le Bon Vent, Nightingale and The Clayfoot Strutters. He also teaches, at the State University of New York in Plattsuburgh, NY and at the Floating Bridge School of Music in Sharon, VT, as well as at workshops around the country.

  • Mike Middleton from Temple, Texas was the winner of the 2001 Accordionists & Teachers Guild/ Texas Accordion Association Folk Music Competition
  • The Misty River Band is an all-female quartet from Vancouver, Washington, with Dana Abel on vocals, accordion and guitar. They perform a wide variety of Americana music, including country and bluegrass, Celtic tunes, balads and original songs.
  • The Modena City Ramblers from Modena, Italy, with Leonardo Sgavetti on accordion (formerly Alberto Cottica), describe their own style as "patchanka celtica" -- they started out as an Irish traditional band, but they've added traditional Italian songs, Latin-American rhythms, and punk.

  • Nauticus from San Francisco or thereabouts, with Riggy Rackin onn English concertina, plays "sweet music from the salt sea", authentic instrumental sea music
  • The New Scorpion Band from England, with Tim Laycock on amongst others duet concertinas and melodeon, is a professional acoustic folk band, performing traditional music from Britain and Ireland.
  • The "Concertina Record" by Lea Nicholson has been reissued on CD. The selection is eclectic: The Liberty Bell, a Macedonian tune, The Dam Buster's March, the 4th Brandenburg Concerto...

  • Ola is a York (UK) based folk trio, with Michael Jary on concertina. They play traditional and original tunes and songs from the British Isles, America, Europe, as wel as their own compositions. They were finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awasrd, and released a CD.
  • The New Rope String Band is a quartet from Newcastle, England, with Tim Dalling on piano accordion. They are absolutely hilarious. One of the highlights is Tim playing his accordion upside down, with his head in a fish tank filled with water! They were a trio, The Old Rope String Band, until the tragic death of fiddler Joe Scurfield in 2005.
  • Ivo van der Putten (in Dutch) [uses Flash for navigation] has arranged a collection of Dutch children's songs (in Dutch) for C/F diatonic accordions. He plays accordion for shanty choir Op Koers (in Dutch) [uses Flash for navigation]. On its site there is a collection of sheet music for its repertoire of some 80 shanties (in Dutch)

  • The Pickpocket Ensemble from the San Francisco Bay Area, with Rick Corrigan on accordion, was formed early in 1998 to make a music "equally at home in the concert hall and on the street corner". They compose and play music inspired by European folk and cafe music, musette, East European styles, etc.
  • Sam Pirt plays accordion in various bands, amongst others in 422 -- winner of the 1999 BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award. The 422 website described him as "accordion wonder from Hull, Humberside" - he is very good, indeed! 422 play traditional folk music from all over the planet, including Sweden, Canada, Ireland, Scotland and their native Northumbria and Yorkshire. The same personel also makes up "The 422 Dance Band", which plays for dances as well. 422 at Rootsworld's Free Reed festival. Besides, he plays in duo "The Hut People" with percussionist Gary Hammond, Forro band "FoRRo PoRRo", with his father Graham Pirt, and in ceilidh band "The Foolish Virgins". Besides, he gives various workshops, amongst others at the Burwell Bash. Sam Pirt's myspace page.
  • Trio Pot, van Lienen & Baumgarten (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Peter Pot (in Dutch) and Arie van Lienen on diatonic accordion and Philip Baumgarten on acoustic bass. They play a variety of modern folk, their own compositions based on French, Irish, Italian and other traditions, with an experimental slant. Pot and Baumgarten (in Dutch) also play as a duo. Peter Pot also played in Slick, which combined European melodies and harmonies with South American and African rhythms.

  • Pressgang is a folk rock band from the UK, with George Whitfield on vocals, accordions and keyboards. An older site for Pressgang.
  • Quat et on feye (in French) is a quintet from Namur, Belgium, that sings sailor's songs, with Jules Dessaint on epinette (dulcimer) and diatonic accordion.
  • Mauro Ravera's Folksy links! folk bands and musicians online (!)

  • South Australia's Rocky River Bush Band with Peter Thornton on button accordion and Anglo concertina plays traditional and contemporary Australian folk and bush songs, Celtic music, sea shanties and "songs of the sea". Peter Thornton is also a member of trad Irish band "Rafferty's Rules".
  • Musikwerkstatt Rzeszut (in German) from Kiel consists of accordionist Martin and violinist Jolanta Hildegard Rzeszut. They perform as "Duo Jolka", with a repertoire that includes all kinds of folk and world music, and in particular Polish songs. Martin also teaches accordion -- piano accordion, C system chromatic button accordion, and (G/C or D/G) diatonic accordion. He also repairs accordions, and gives accordion maintenance workshops as well.
  • Accordion Samurai is a diatonic accordion quintet (or super group?), consisting of Riccardo Tesi from Italy, Bruno le Tron and Didier Laloy from Belgium, Markku Lepistö from Finland and David Munnelly from Ireland.

  • Paul Scourfield is an English melodeon player, who plays mainly traditional English music (or music in that style, anyway). He plays solo and in a duo with fiddle, guitar and hurdy gurdy player Jon Loomes; Previously he also played in a duo with guitarist Michael Davidson. Paul Sourfield's myspace page.
  • The Sour Mash Hug Band from the Bay Area, with Dylan M. Blackthorne (formerly?) on accordion, plays sort of jug band style folk music. In a similar vein, and probably sharing personel: Thee Hobo Gobbelins, "Troglodyte Jug band ov thee Unseelie Court"
  • The Stationary Willberries are a band from from the Isle of Man, with Alan Hess on accordion and bass. They play folk, blues, oldies, country, traditional music and Rock 'n Roll.

  • Stoneyport represents the Poozies, the Wild Cigarillos, Burach, Dervish, etc.
  • Street Squeeze is a diatonic accordion busking duo from Austin, Texas, consisting of Kay Hickman and Pete Nalda. They play original and traditional European folk tunes. A myspace page for Street Squeeze.
  • Tangerine Trousers from South Eastern Michigan, in which both lead singer C.J. Milroy and Mark Iannace played the accordion (amongst others), plays "fine acoustic music": with influences of amongst others folk, pop, country and gospel.

  • Tarducci was a group (now disbanded, it seems) from Groningen, the Netherlands, with Geert Oude Weernink on diatonic accordion. They played anything that fits diatonic accordeon, fiddle and guitar: polkas from Italy, waltzes from Venezuela, fandango's from Spain, etcetera.
  • Tref (in Dutch) / (in French) is a group consisting of Wim Claeys, Didier Laloy and Bruno Le Tron on diatonic accordion and Frédéric Mallempré on percussion. Their music has influences from all over Europe. CDRoots' Tref page includes a few MP3 samples.
  • Folk singer and accordion / tin whistle / bodhran player Ralf Weihrauch (in German) from Dorsten, Germany, plays and sings Irish, English and Scottish folk songs. He is a member of Irish-Folk-Party-Band "Crashandoh", and he also plays in a duo with Gary Miller (of the Whisky Priests).

  • The Wongawilli Bush Band (yup, from Australia) with David De Santi on accordion
  • Seth Austen and Beverly Woods from Boston, MA, play a variety of international folk music styles including Celtic, Appalachian, Klezmer, eastern European and a multitude of instruments. Beverly plays amongst others a Hayden Duet concertina, piano accordions and B system chromatic button accordion.

Singer/songwriter

  • Stan Moeller and T.S. Baker (the latter playing accordion) from Portsmouth, NH.
  • Geoff Berner from Vancouver, Canada. One review has the tagline "visualize a younger, wackier Lou Reed who plays accordion". In 2006 he wrote an unconventional instruction booklet, How To Be An Accordion Player. A Wikipedia article on Geoff Berner. An interview with Geoff Berner.
  • Lou and Peter Berryman (no relation), who have written such classics as 'Your State's name here'

  • La Bolduc (Mary Travers) (1894-1941) from Newport, Canada
  • Cotton Candy Cabaret from the Bay Area, with Miss Accordion San Francisco 2004 Linda Robertson. They write all of their songs themselves.
  • Singer-songwriter Jennifer Cutting writes songs in the tradition of Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny. She plays both piano accordion and English concertina.

  • ErsatzMusika is based in Berlin, but all 6 members hail from the former USSR. It is led by Irina Doubrovskaja on keyboards, accordion and vocals, who has also written all the tracks of their debut CD, "Voice Letters". The music is a melancholic mix of dub, urban folk, world, minimalism and balladeering. ErsatzMusika's myspace page; A BBC review of ErsatzMusika: Voice Letter
  • Chris Gaffney and the Cold Hard Facts with Chris Gaffney on vocals, guitar, accordion and keyboards
  • Singer/songwriter/accordionist Rachelle Garniez formed her own band, The Fortunate Few, in 1996. Her compositions reflect influences ranging from the Blues, Continental and Klezmer to Latin Jazz and Country/Western. She also has worked in theater.

  • Željko Joksimović [flash site] from Serbia won "First Accordion of Europe" in Paris when he was 12. Nowadays he's mostly famous as a singer/songwriter -- he represented Serbia and Montenegro at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, and he presented the 2008 one. He still plays the accordion on stage, occasionally. A Wikipedia entry for Željko Joksimović.
  • Patty Larkin
  • Accordionst and songwriter Amber Lee Baker from Santa Rosa, California, brings "Neo-Folkloric Accordion Charm". as Amber Lee and the Anomalies. Currently she is performing as a one-woman-show, using her accordion, glockenspiel, odd percussion instruments and a super-duper-looper. A myspace page for Amber Lee Baker and the Anomalies (with 6 songs from her first CD).

  • Ginny Mac is a a singer/songwriter/musician from Fort Worth, Texas. She loves Country and Western music, Jazz, and Big Band classics, but enjoys playing all kinds of music. She is available as a vocalist and/or musician for concerts, parties etc., as a soloist, in a small group, or in a full band.
  • Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dave Nachmanoff from Davis, California.
  • Kristina Olsen from Venice, California, accompagnies herself on guitar and concertina

  • Margaret Stutt, a.k.a. Pezzetino is a singer/songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At age 25 she taught herself how to play her father's accordion, and "the songs began pouring out".
  • Fabrizio Poggi and Chicken Mambo from Italy, with Fabrizio Poggi on vocal, harmonica, and accordion, plays Americana music.
  • Czech singer/songwriter and accordionist Radůza. An interview with Radůza.

  • Grzegorz Turnau (in Polish) [flash site] is an excellent Polish singer, composer and songwriter from Cracow. He plays mostly piano, but on his latest CD, "Historia pewnej podrózy", he also plays accordion. A German Wikipedia entry for Grzegorz Turnau. (in German)
  • Czech guitarist, accordion player and singer/songwriter Karel Vepřek. (in Czech) [Flash site]