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

Middle Europe

Austrian

  • Alpenfolk from Snoqualmie, Washington, with Thomas Tilton on Steyrische accordion, play Austrian and Bavarian folk music
  • Die AlpenSchlawiner (in German) from Reutlingen, with Ziska (Franziska Spanagel) and Nobbe (Norbert Spanagel) on Steyrische accordion (and sometimes Oli, Oliver Brand, as well)
  • Duo Attwenger from Upper Austria, with Hans-Peter Falkner on accordion, play a kind of Austrian folk. But a highly energetic, updated kind!

  • Hans Ecker Trio from Vienna, Austria, with Rudi Bichler on accordion, bring Wienerlieder, Schlagers and international songs -- with a lot of humour.
  • 5/8erl in Ehr'n (in German) is a band from Vienna, Austria, with Harry Pierron on accordion. They are influenced by the Wienerlied and the songs of Peter Alexander, and mix it with soul and humour.
  • Global Kryner from Austria, with Anton Sauprügel on accordion, plays Oberkrainer music -- but as serious world music, and they like to show that any song, whether pop, jazz or classical, can be krainerised. Anton Sauprügel is also a principal of the music school in Purgstall.

  • Alpen-rocker Hubert von Goisern from Upper Austria. From 2007-2009 he is touring by ship on the Linz Europa Tour: [Flash site] from Linz down the Danube to the Black Sea, collecting artists along the way, back again, and continuing up the Danube and down the Rhine to Rotterdam, to finish back in Linz again. Local artists include Haydamaky and Hohtraxlecker Sprungschanzenmusi
  • Duo Hojsa-Embersberger, (in German) Thomas Hojsa and Helmut Emersberger (the latter on accordion) perform as a Wienerlied duo since 1991. Their music includes old and new Wienerlieder, cabaret songs, and onw compositions. They also play in a larger group, "1. Wiener Pawlatschen AG", with a programme including Schrammelmusik, Wienerlied, cabaret songs, Couplets, Conference, and a bit of literature.
  • Tyrolean band Hubn Bubn from Maastricht, the Netherlands, with Mark Derkx on Steyrische accordion

  • Eiichi Ichikawa (in Japanese) / (in German) from Japan plays Steyrische accordion.
  • Willi Kröll & die Zillertaler Gipfelstürmer, (in German) with Andreas Buchberger on Steyrisch accordion and with Wolfgang Brandacher on piano accordion and keyboards, plays Tyroler music.
  • Schrammeln ensemble Neue Wiener Concert Schrammeln (in German) with Günter Haumer on Schrammelharmonika. On the CD "Kronprinz Rudolf" Walther Soyka played Schrammelharmonika.

  • Neuwirth Extremschrammeln (in German) with Marko Živadinović, on chromatic button accordion (formerly Walter Soyka on Schrammelharmonika)
  • The Original Stiefelbein Bluhs-Bänd (in German) is a trio from Vienna, with Billy Wotawa on blues harp, accordion and banjo, who play folk blues with texts in the Viennese dialect, with elements of Wienerlied, Cajun and Tex Mex
  • Palemiger Spatzen (in Dutch) / (in German) from the Netherlands is the second band by that name founded by Steyrische player Peer Heiligers.

  • The Philharmonia Schrammeln, with Peter Pecha on accordions (formerly Eberhard Götz), is a chamber music ensemble of the Wiener Philharmoniker, who play the Viennese Schrammel music. The accordions are Viennese chromatic accordions: one made by Karl Budowitz in 1920, one made by Josef Reisinger in 1937. On the right, they have a three row B system layout; usually the lefthand side has 6 bass-buttons and 6 terz-buttons and they change with pull or press, so you have all 12 notes. But the Reisinger harmonica has 12 and 12, so there is no change between pull and press.
  • Remasuri (in German) [flash site] is a band from Vienna, Austria, with Erich Meixner on accordion, that was founded in 2004 by the host and regulars of the eponymous inn. They play Wienerlieder in a new fashion.
  • The Schachtelgebirger Musikanten from Connecticut, USA, are Fredi Meier and Ronald Kwas, with Fredi Meier on Steyrische accordion.

  • Walter Soyka (in German) is co-founder of the democratic music initiative Danke, (in German) and many other groups
  • Das Legendäre Stadtbahn Quartett (in German) from Vienna, Austria, with Karli "Marley" Pichlmann on accordion and vocals, play an electrified version of the Wienerlied, with elements of rock, rap, funk and folk. A page for Das Legendäre Stadtbahn Quartett (in German) at the nonfoodfactory record label site.
  • In most of the groups that play at Stammtischmusik Klosterneuburg, (in German) Franz Fuchs and/or Herbert Lacina seem to play the Steyrische accordion. They have sheet music for some of their tunes (in German) available, both in normal notation and in Griffschrift (tablature for Steyrische accordion).

  • The Steirkraft Musi from Princeton, Missouri, consists of Jane "Johanna" Schröder on guitar and Steyrische, Karl Schröder on Steyrische, and sometimes even daughter Gretchen (born ...) on Steyrische, guitar and vocals. They play Austrian and Bavarian folk music and dance music and traditional songs, and much more, at events, festivals, weddings, in schools, restaurants, etc.
  • Die Tiroler Nachtschwärmer (in German) (from Tirol, of course) with Johann Bindhammer and Walter Stadler on (amongst others) accordion make Tyrolian music
  • 4xang (in German) is a musical cabaret group from Austria, in which Heinz Jiras plays accordion

Polkas

  • Phillip Nadvesnik a.k.a. Accordionmaniac is a young musician from Melbourne, Australia who plays popular types of traditional Austrian, German, Slovenian and Cleveland style polka music.
  • Accordions Anonymous is a 12-member group from Portland, Oregon. Amongst others, they seem to be the house band at the annual S.L.U.G. Queen competition, whathever that is; and one of their members, Queen Accordianna, was the 2000 Slug Queen. She regularly organises an Accordion-Oke: Kareoke with a squeeze box instead of a boom box.
  • Karen Adam, "Princess of the accordion", is originally from Connecticut but now resides in Northwest Florida. She plays private functions in the Northwest area of Florida, and because of her European and Balkan heritage she enjoys playing all varieties of ethnic music

  • MIDI accordionist Betty Jo Simon from Overland Park, Kansas, performs as a soloist throughout the United States and currently leads a German polka band called Alpen Spielers. She enjoys performing classical music the most, but she loves the schmaltzy stuff too and still likes to play as a strolling musician.
  • The Alpine Trio with Al Wehrle on piano accordion and Erika Wehrele on Steyrische, who as a duo have been performing German and Slovenian music for over 20 years. The Alpine Trio play at restaurants and private parties all over the United States.
  • Ansambel Gašperji (in Slovenian) from Slovenia, with Lojze Dolinar (formerly Brane Ticar) on accordion.

  • Ansambel Gregorji (in Slovenian) / (in German) from Slovenia, with Aleš Slivnik and Tomaž Cilenšek on accordion
  • Atomik Harmonik (in Slovenian) is a Turbo Folk band from Slovenia, with Frai Toni (Dejan Celik) on Steyrische acordion. A review by Eric Iverson of their "Brizgaaj!" CD (for Rootsworld) gives an apt characterisation: "In my ongoing quest to build a library of music to inflict on unruly neighbors, this one's a real keeper." A Wikipedia entry on Atomik Harmonik.
  • Vilko and Slavko Avsenik are two of the foremost Slovene musicians; Slavko in particular is well known all over Europe. They have their own restaurant/concert hall/recording studio in the village of Begunje.

  • The main instrument of Arleigh Baker from Orlando, Florida, is the trumpet, be he also plays accordion and keyboard (he has taught beginner's accordion in the past). He specializes in polkas, waltzes, Christmas hymns and 50's style country music. He also restores vintage accordions.
  • Al Battistelli is a polka accordionist from St. Lorain, Ohio. Apart from performing, he also repairs accordions and installs MIDI, and he teaches piano accordion and diatonic button box.
  • Billy Belina and Bay State from Massachusetts, in which Billy Belina, Tom Kostek and Paul Brozek play the accordion (amongst others). Tom Kostek plays concertina as well.

  • Big Lou, of Those Darn Accordions fame, has started a solo project: Big Lou's Polka Casserole.
  • The Black Forest Band from the Waterloo/Kitchener area in Ontario, Canada, with Gary Kreller on accordion, keyboard and vocals, is not just a polka band, but also a party band: they also play jazz, classic rock, Country, swing, etc.
  • Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones from Bridgeview, Illinois, with Eddie Blazonczyk on accordion and guitar.

  • Brave Combo, with Carl Finch on accordion (with a beautiful URL: http://brave.com/bo/)
  • (Chemnitzer) concertina player Gary Brueggen from Ontario, Wisconsin plays Dutchmen style polka music with "Gary Brueggen and The Ridgeland Dutchmen". He is not the only one in his family: his grandfather Herman played in "Herman and the Jolly Dutchmen", and since then his family has been involved in some 17 bands.
  • Tom Brusky is a professional polka musician and record studio owner/engineer.

  • Len Gomulka and Chicago Push from Chicago, with John Mikos on concertina (Chemnitzer) and vocals.
  • Dan Melander's Concertina and Stumpf Fiddle appreciation page in which a concertina is a Chemnitzer, of course.
  • Tom Coss from Meriden, Ct. is an amateur accordionist and polka fan.

  • Cuki (in Slovenian) from Slovenia, with Matjaž Končan on accordionn
  • E.F.O. is a Western Massachusetts polka band with Eddie Forman on accordion and keyboards. They have been performing for 28 years.
  • The Emter Family Button Accordionists from Glen Ullin, North Dakota, play polkas, waltzes, grass-roots country and gospel, as well as patriotic and Christmas songs.

  • Ensemble Begunje (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Laurens Henselmans on accordion, plays Oberkrainer music
  • Accordion virtuoso Myron Floren (1919-2005) joined Lawrence Welk's band in 1950 and stayed on until the television show ended in 1982. A Mylon Floren Fan Club on Yahoo groups.
  • Len Gadica from Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada, has played in dance bands since he was 14. In the early nineties, he began writing children's and he regularly performs at elementary schools and children's festivals. Apart from two albums for children, he has recorded two old-time albums.

  • The John Góra Band (also known as John Gora & Gorale) includes Mike Papuga on accordion and Kevin Altenburg on (Chemnitzer) concertina.
  • The Al Gruber Band from South Lake Tahoe, California is a polka and Oktoberfest band with Al Gruber on piano accordion, keybards and vocals, and Michael Kramar on amongst others piano accordion and button box accordion.
  • Dan Gruetzmacher from Wausau, Wisconsin, has been playing the concertina for over 60 years, and was inducted into the World Concertina Congress Hall Of Fame in 1979. He sells concertina and accordion sheet music, as well as concertinas.

  • Professor of Humanities at Columbia College Chicago Ann Gunkel picked up the accordion in 1998, during a prolonged illness. She managed to broaden her Polish American background by getting a Sicilian American teacher! She has written various articles about polkas, and is editing the first multidisciplinary anthology in Polka Studies.
  • polkas.nl by John Hasper is dedicated to Slovenian and Cleveland Style polka -- with biographies and music examples of Dutch and international artists, links, etc.
  • HISS from Stuttgart, Germany is the band of accordionist Stefan Hiss. They mix music from all over the world -- in particular polka and rock and roll. A Wikipedia article about HISS, (in German) and a Hiss fan site. (in German) In 2005 a film was made around them, Zur Sonne (in German)

  • Lynn Marie Hrovat-Rink from Nashville, Tennessee. A page for Lynn Marie at www.polkas.com
  • The International Main Street Polka Band from Minneapolis, Michigan, with Eric Noltkamper and David Austin on accordion, plays Slovenian / Swiss style polka music.
  • The International Polka Association with on that site amongst others short biographies of all the inductees of the Polka Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Die Jungen Original Oberkrainer, (in German) a.k.a. Gašperji (in Slovenian) from Slovenia, with Lojze Dolinar on accordion
  • American Slovenian Gaylord Klancnik (1945 - 2005) from Detroit, Michigan, appeared on many radio and television programs including a number of music videos with the Klancnik Brothers Orchestra and Walter Ostanek.
  • Litle Bohemian band from Albany, Oregon is led by accordionist Gene Sadowsky.

  • Steve Litwin's polka pages, about polkas and (Chemnitzer) concertinas. Steve Litwin also is the polka editor of the Polish American Journal
  • Matt's Polka Party
  • Piano accordionist Steve Meisner from Whitewater, Wisconsin. A Steve Meisner page at polkas.com.

  • Al Meixner from Laurys Station, Pennsylvania, plays piano and button accordion and other instruments, as does his son Alex. Together with a drummer/vocalist they formed the Al Meixner Trio. Apart from his own CDs, Al Meixner also sells CDs by the Jolly Bavarians, Zillertaler Schürzenjäger, etc. by mail order. He used to, anyway -- he has "temporarily stopped retail operations".
  • Accordionist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Alex Meixner started performing in his father's Al Meixner Trio. Currently based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Alex is performing as a solo artist and with numerous touring ensembles. Ensembles include polka band "Alex Meixner Band", jazz combo "Jazz Visions", Gypsy music with "Muzika Europa", and in Polka Freak Out, with ex-Brave Combo member Bubba Hernandez. He also teaches, and does a series of multi-cultural music education seminars which are available through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts "Artists in Education" program.
  • Barry Mitchell from New York used to give regular accordion-based commentary on World News Now, ABC's overnightnews program. Since 2005 he works for CUNY TV. The Wikipedia entry for Barry Mitchell

  • Nancy's Place (!) is full of information about Slovenian-Style (aka Cleveland-Style) Polkas. Nancy also sells the music.
  • The National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum in Euclid, Ohio
  • Nizozemska is an Oberkrainer ensemble from the Netherlands, with Frits Teeven on acordion.

  • Eric Noltkamper is a polka accordionist, now living in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been playing professionally since the age of 15, amongst others with Frank Yankovic and Eddie Blazonczyk. In 1998 he married Nancy Hlad, and together they run Nancys Place for Polkas, www.polkas.com.
  • Denis Novato from Domio, near Trieste, Italy, is a Slovenian champion of diatonic accordion. He has toured various countries, including Great Britain, Russia, Austria and the USA. He also teaches, teaches, in Italy, Austria and at the school of harmonic in Begunja, at the school of Capodistria and Kozina. He is planning to establish his own school of diatonic harmonic.
  • Walter Ostanek, "Canada's Polka King"n, is a Cleveland style accordionist from St. Catharines, Ontario. He formed his first band in 1951, at the age of 16.

  • There is a CD with polkas and waltzes from Gottschee, played by Georg Persche [flash site] on Slovenian diatonic accordion
  • Polka Bob's Polka Page with news of the Southern California polka scene, orchestras and dances
  • Veronique Chevalier's Polka Haunt Us is a compilation recording, containing 13 spooky songs, to be released in time for Halloween 2007, with a part of the proceeds going to charity. The aim is to include many styles of polka: Slovenian, Norteño, klezmer, funk, etc.

  • Die Polka Schlingel with Dan Wright and Dick Sons on accordion are "New Mexico's Premier Bavarian Band"
  • Polkacide, a hardcore polka band from San Francisco, with Maggie Martin on accordion
  • polkaconnection.com sells polka CDs and DVDs via the internet -- both European and American. 30 seconds samples are available for many of the tracks.

  • The Polkadoubts (from Portland, I think)
  • Polka Floyd from Toledo, Ohio, with Eric Hite on accordion, performs the music of Pink Floyd -- polka style! Polka Floyd's myspace page
  • Polkageist (in Danish) from Denmark is fronted by Øyvind Ougaard. The repertoire includes compositions by Jimi Hendrix, Weather Report, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Lennon/McCartney, Nino Rota etc., as well as traditional Polkas, Waltzes, Tangos & Gipsy tunes. (samples can be found under "Smagsprøver").

  • The Polkaholics and Li'l Wally Jagiello from Chicago
  • PolkaHoliX from Berlin and Leipzig, Germany, with Jo Meyer on accordion, play "Berlin-Speed-Polka".
  • Polkahontas, the Polka Band from Williamston, Michigan, with South on accordion. Their mission is (or was, anyway) to bring laughter and polka music to the people of the world

  • Prime Time Polkas is a polka radio station from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is also broadcast online as an MP3 stream.
  • Polka (in Dutch) (Maarten Rens, the Netherlands, 1986) was recorded as a film project in the department of Cultural Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam. It tracks the history of the polka in Austria, Mexico and Texas
  • The first part of the PBS/Smithsonian documentary River of Song is subtitled Polka: Wisconsin's State Dance

  • Rudy Meulen's Rudy's Polka Home (in Dutch) is a Dutch site about Cleveland style polka music, with amongst others biographies of Frankie Yankovic, Joey Miskulin and Johnny Pecon.
  • Ron Setniker is a Cleveland/Slovenian style button accordionist from Biwabik, Minnesota. His fascination with the button box began at the age of 12, and he has recorded since 1982, most recently with his Button Box Showcase Band. In 1999 he was inducted in Ironworld's Polka Hall of Fame in Chisholm, Minnesota. A Ron Setniker biography.
  • The Shanes (in German) from Germany, with Angry Alex Schuster on accordion has played "Hard-Polka" since 1991. They are stopping, though: the band disband summer 2010.

  • Vsi najboljsi musikanti (in Slovenian) (Our greatest musicians) is a book by Ivan Sivec, about Slovenian musicians (the picture on the front cover is a piano accordion / Steyrische).
  • Slapovi (in Slovenian) from Šmarje-Sap, Slovenia, with (at some point) Andrej Gačnik and and Martin Štibernik on accordion.
  • Slovenian Steyrische player Lojze Slak

  • The Smilin' Scandinavians, with Toby Hanson on accordion, is Capitol Hill's Hottest Polka Band. "Remember we may not all be Scandinavian, but we're all Smilin'!"
  • Gary Sredzienski from Greenland, NH, plays traditional styles and old country Polish folk music. Besides, he plays in a surf rock band, "The Serfs"
  • Accordionist and keyboard player Mike Surratt plays both solo, in the Washington, DC - Baltimore, Md - Richmond, Va corridor, and all over the USA with his band, the "Continentals of Washington, D.C."

  • 247polkaheaven broadcasts Polka music 24/7 from Cleveland, Ohio, including a show called "Right on the button" for button box fans.
  • Erik-Hans Vagen from New Jersey has been playing as a live musician (accordion, keyboard and vocals) for over 35 years.
  • Wouter Vinckers (in Dutch) from Melterwolde, the Netherlands, is mad about (Cleveland style) polka music. He plays in a duo with his brother Matthijs.

  • The Mark Vyhlidal Orchestra from Fremont, Nebraska plays a variety of music with the main focus on playing the Nebraska traditional Czech style polkas and waltzes. Mark Vyhlidal, Sam Zitek and Joe Havlovic play piano and/or button accordion.
  • Lawrence Welk (1903 - 1992), North Dakota's most famous "favorite son", became one of the greatest entertainers in the world through his weekly television show featuring his distinctive "champagne music." (in the USA, anyway). The Lawrence Welk Collection was acquired in 1993 by the North Dakota State University. Lawrence Welk, Post-Modernist The birthplace of Lawrence Welk in Strassburg, North Dakota.
  • World Wide Polka is Ronald Raichle's site with amongst others information about the Raichle Family Polka band and the Minnesota Kids Polka Band, of which he was the director. The site also features his colums on how polkas can change the world, and a list of online (real-audio) polka shows.

German

  • The Alpine Mountain Men from Nashville, Tennessee, led by accordionist Walt Schissler. For over 6 years they have been one of the regular house bands at Nashville's German restaurant, "The Gerst Haus", and they play around the Nashville area for different festivals and events.
  • The Alpine Trio perform regularly in Disney's Epcot Center
  • Bairisch Diatonischer Jodelwahnsinn (in German) was a musical cabaret trio, from Bavaria, with Otto Görtler on amongst others Steyrisch accordion. A Wikipedia entry for Bairisch Diatonischer Jodelwahnsinn (in German)

  • Oktoberfest EuroBand Australia from Sidney, Australia, with Leo Karnauchow on accordion. Another page for Oktoberfest EuroBand Australia
  • BavaRio (in German) from Germany play music from the Brasilian Northern Alps -- they mix music from Bavaria and from Brazil. Nowadays Rudi Zapf plays hackbrett and chromatic button accordion; in a previous incarnation multi-instrumentalists Markus and Martin Kerber played the accordion, and Joseph Waldmann Steyrische.
  • The Beerbarrels are a 3 piece Oompa-pa dance band from Richmond, B.C., Cananda, with Ken Oszinski on MIDI accordion. They have been performing professionally for some 25 years.

  • Biermösl Blosn (in German) is a Bavarian trio, consisting of Hans, Michael and Christoph Well, who combine bavarian folk music with satirical political texts. Hans plays Steyrische accordion.
  • Master Yodeler Kerry Christensen from Provo, Utah, plays the B-system chromatic accordion. Deitsch is a German folk group, with Johannes "Philipp" Uhlmann on Diatonic Accordion, and Gudrun Walther on vocals, fiddle and diatonic accordion.

  • Grenzland Harmonika (in German) is a band from Aachen, Germany, with two Steyrische players and a drummer. They play regularly in Holand and Belgium.
  • Don Grzanna from Caledonia, Wisconsin, USA, has published over 70 accordion and piano compositions, in various styles and degree of difficulty, As a performer, he plays in many styles, with German music a specialty,
  • The Harmonika-Sextett Karlsruhe (in German) (five diatonic accordionists and an organist) play German folk music, Schlagers, and dance music and the like, for old people's homes, parties etc.

  • German accordionist Wolfgang Hölzle has been performing in Japan since 1994. He lives in Yokohama.
  • Hundsbuam Miserablige, (in German) with Streitbichi Michi on guitar, Steyrische accordion and vocals, is a Bavarian folk-rock group following in the tradition of Attwenger, Haindling and Hubert von Goisern Und Die Alpinkatzen. An English article about Hundsbuam Miserablige. A myspace page for Hundsbuam Miserablige
  • JAMS from the North of Germany, with Jo Meyer on melodeon and mandola, sing (or sang?) in Low German, and play European folk, traditional and new compositions, mixing new and traditional styles. Their latest project/band is Mrs. Meyer's Love Affairs (to prevent any misunderstanding -- Jo is Mr. Meyer)

  • Tim Janak from Cypress, Texas, specializes in the music from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslavakia. His show includes the use of authenic Tirolean Cowbells, and the Swiss Alphorn.
  • Mike Kaelin plays a C system chromatic accordion in King Ludwig's Bavarian Band, based in New Hampshire, USA. With his own group he plays Swiss folk music, in the New England area
  • "Australia's Premier German Show Band" the Kalendar Band

  • Krainer Stolz (in German) was a trio from Bad Salgau, Germany, with Roman Nawrot on Steyrische accordion, but they are currently defunct, after one of the members left. Roman Nawrot used to play in a duo with his younger brother Manuel.
  • The Little German Band and Dancers, from North Carolina. Mostly a Bavarian-style brass band, but they do use accordions in addition to the normal Blasmusik lineup
  • Lorelei und Schatzi from Alpharetta, Georgia, with Lorelei on piano accordion, specialise in Bavarian, Swiss, and Austrian Volksmusik.

  • Mathias Fritz from Oberstdorf in the Allgäu plays accordion, keyboards, alp horn and vocals in "Die lustigen Moosjucker". He also has a recording studio in Mittelberg in the Oberallgäu/Kleinwalsertal area, walserton Studio, where many folk groups and accordionists record.
  • Greg Meier from Sandy, Oregon, teaches accordion, and also sells and repairs accordions. Besides, he plays in various restaurants in the Portland area, including in interactive dinner theater Who Stole My Dead Husband. And since 1993 he has performed at festivals in the Northwest with his "Greg Meier Alpine Quartet"
  • Monaco Bagage (in German) from Bavaria, Germany, with Johann Bengen on accordion, was formed from members of Bairisch Diatonischen Jodel-Wahnsinn and Giesinger Sautreiber. Like those groups, they bring a musical cabaret programme.

  • The Oktoberfest Musikanten perform regularly in Disney's Epcot Center
  • 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.
  • Prost is a "Euro-American Party Band" from around Dayton, Ohio, with Gerhard Albinus on accordion.

  • The Sauerkraut Band from the New River Valley area, with Ruth Neumann on accordion, plays authentic German style music in traditional Bavarian style costumes.
  • 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.
  • Peter Unbehauen (in German) from Hamburg sings and plays North German music - folk songs, shanties and songs from Hamburg. He accompanies himself on a 1920s Hohner Corona and on guitar. (His site includes a short history of the Hohner Corona). He also runs Musikschule Peter Unbehauen (in German) in Hamburg -- he teaches amongst others accordion, guitar and flute.

  • Wacholder from the former GDR, with Scarlett Seeboldt on (amongst others) piano accordion, was founded at the height of the folk revival in both parts of Germany, in 1978
  • Steffi Zachmeier (in German) plays (and sings) traditional music from the Franken area in Germany in a number of groups. She also sells (and publishes?) music books (with German folk music), some of them in normal notation, some of them in Griffschrift (tablature) for Steyrische accordion.

Swiss

  • www.accordeon.ch, (in French) dedicated to accordion fanatics, has addresses of (Francophone) Swiss accordion shops, clubs, a discussion list, etc.
  • www.folkmusic.ch (!) (in German) and www.volksmusik.ch (in German) are dedicated to Swiss folk music, obviously. The former has it has got information about many musicians and bands; the (piano) accordion and Schwyzerörgeli seem to be popular both in traditional and in experimental or alternative bands. The latter has a large section about Schwyzerörgeli (in German) and the Langnauerli.
  • Schwyzerörgeli-Trio Gody Schmid (in German) from Schönbühl-Urtenen, Switzerland

  • The Swiss duo Stimmhorn, with Christian Zehnder on "voice, overtone singing, button instruments, milking machine and other utensils", and Balthasar Streiff on alphorn and other wind instruments
  • Willi Valotti (in German) from Nesslau is an accordion, teacher, and yodeller. Besides, he runs a musical instrument shop, and he repairs and tunes accordions and Schwyzerörgeli.