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

Northwestern Europe

Dutch and Belgian Music

  • Accordance (in French) is a group from Namur, Belgium, with Philippe Lebeau on diatonic accordion, guitar and percussion, plays regional music from France, Wallony and Flanders: branles, mazurkas, polkas, etc.
  • Accordion duo Accordéon Mélancolique from Driebergen, Jean-Pierre Guiran and Cherie de Boer, play French chansons and Dutch songs by the likes of Annie M. G. Schmidt and Wim Sonneveld
  • www.accordeonist.be (in Dutch) is a site by Iwein Jacobs, with articles about the accordion and short biographies of and links to Belgian accordionists.

  • www.accordeonklanken.nl (in Dutch) is a site with mainly reviews of accordion meetings (piano accordion and/or diatonic accordion) in the Netherlands, and a diary of accordion events
  • AedO (in Dutch) from Belgium, with Klaas Keymolen on diatonic accordion, plays mainly self-composed dancable instrumental folk music.
  • Belgian folk band Ambrozijn from Ghent, with Wim Claeys on diatonic accordion and bagpipes. The web site had got some tunes in real audio [not working currently], and sheet music (and midi) for a few tunes -- under the Dutch translation only, though (i.e. if you want to see/hear them, select language "Nederlands", and select menu item "de muziek"). Wim Clays also plays in Tref which also includes Bruno Le Tron and Didier Laloy.

  • The Amsterdams Smartlappenkoor (in Dutch) (The Amsterdam Tearjerker Choir) is acompanied by Wim Janzen (and sometimes Coen Cornelissen) on accordion and Glenn Goldman on tuba.
  • Boh Foi Toch (in Dutch) from the Achterhoek, with Hans Keuper on diatonic accordion, sing in dialect. They play a mixture of Cajun, Rock, Zydeco, Tex-Mex, polkas and waltzes.
  • Boombal, (in Dutch) is a monthly folk ball in Ghent, Belgium, organised by accordionist Wim Clayes. (in Dutch) It has since become a proper noun, as the formula has been copied widely, both in Belgium and now also in the Netherlands: traditional dances with live music, preceded by dance instruction. The Boombal website also contains sheet music for mostly traditional French music, (in Dutch) mostly with chords and tablature for C/F melodeons.

  • Cadans der Getouwen (in Dutch) is a project about weavers' songs, with Raquel Gigot (of Orion) on accordions
  • Trio De Cascadee's (in Dutch) from Rotterdam, the Netherlands is named after night cafe "de Cascade". They play songs from Rotterdam, but also other Dutch (and some English) songs.
  • 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)

  • 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)
  • Coïncidence was a group co-founded around 1995 by multi-instrumentalist Yves Barbieux, which played and sung self-penned songs, influenced by traditional European folk music. Yves Barbieux went on to found Urban Trad, and Coïncidence was disbanded in 2000.
  • Belgian diatonic accordion duo Deux Accords Diront, Anne Niepold and Aline Pohl. Anne Niepold also plays with world music ensemble "Olla Vogala", jazz quartet "Penta Quartet" and "Knopf", a button quartet.

  • www.diatonisch-accordeon.tk (in Dutch) is a site by Kris Blomme for users and fans of diatonic accordeons, in particular in Flanders, with news, info, links to accordionists, makers, etc.
  • Dommelvolk with Bert Spin on accordion, harmonium, piano and vocals (in Dutch)
  • De Dopegezinde Gemeente (in Dutch) with Pierre van Duyl on accordion, guitar and vocals

  • Dubius (in Dutch) was a group from Nijmegen, with Roel Seidell on vocals, melodeon, tin whistles and percussion, who played songs in Dutch with influences from the West-European traditional music. They disbanded in 2006.
  • Eddy en de Schellekens (in Dutch) is a partly Dutch, partly Belgian band, with Harry van Doorn on keyboards (including accordion). They play "smartlappen", tear jerkers.
  • Eurode (in Dutch) is a record company from Kerkrade, the Netherlands, that mostly publishes CDs from Limburg artists, many of which feature diatonic accordions. They also act as an agency.

  • Peter Faber (in Dutch) from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, performs solo and also in trio Twips! (in Dutch) or quintet Ratatouille (in Dutch)
  • ferry's musicbase (in Dutch) contains discographies for many Dutch artists, amongst others accordionists such as the Accordeola's, Johnny Meijer and John Woodhouse on the Instrumentals page and cajun bands on the Nederlandse Volksmuziek page.
  • Living Roots, (in Dutch) formerly folk², is group consisting of Belgian folk and rock musicians, with in the latest line up Jan de Smet (of De Nieuwe Snaar). Previously diatonic accordionist Wim Claeys was a member

  • The Folkwijzer (in Dutch) of the Stichting Volksmuziek Nederland, with links to (Dutch) bands, organisations, resources etc.
  • Lupa Luna (in Dutch) is a trio from Belgium, with Greet Garriau on diatonic accordion and lead vocals. Previously (until 2005) Greet Garriau used to playin "Fluxus". An interview with Greet Garriau. (in Dutch)
  • Gezellig Onderuit Zonder Elektriek (or GOZE) is an acoustic duo from Belgium, with Maarten Decombel on guitar and Wim Claeys on diatonic accordion and bagpipes. A review of the Gezellig Onderuit Zonder Elektrie (in Dutch) debut CD.

  • homerecords is a Belgian independent label producing "modern folk" music. Their catalogue includes Fabian Beghin & Didier Laloy - Cryptonique, Deux accord diront - Gardadvergur and Turlu Tursu - Accordion'n drum'n bass, and also Ambrozijn (with Wim Claeys), Bradyaga (with Walter Meneghello), Dazibao (with Sophie Cavez and Jonathan De Neck), Emmanuel Pariselle (also with Myriam Added), Floes (with Toon van Mierlo), Jean-Christophe Renault & Didier Laloy, Klezmic Zirkus (with Julien de Borman), La Bergère (with Emmanuel Pariselle), and aNoo, Massot-Florizoone-Horbaczewski and Tricycle (all three with Tuur Florizoone),
  • Accordonist Wim Janzen (in Dutch) from the Netherlands plays for receptions, parties, etc., with a repertoire including musettes, tangos, latins, jazz, tearjerkers, etc.
  • Kadril (in Dutch) mixes traditional Belgian music with rock elements. Hans Quaghebeur on hurdy-gurdy, accordion, fife and keyboards.

  • Gert-Jan Kamphorst (in Dutch) is rather active in the Dutch diatonic accordion scene. Amongst others, he organises accordion courses in Amsterdam. On his website he's got pictures of various events, and of some of his boxes.
  • Kennèh (in Dutch) is a band from Didam, the Netherlands, with Gwendo Jansen on accordion and vocals. They started life on January 1st 2000 as a cover band of Rowwen Hèze and Boh Foi Toch, but they are working on a CD of their own -- in a similar style, of course.
  • Popular Dutch accordion duo De Kermisklanten, (in Dutch) Henny van Voskuylen and Coby van Voskuylen-Mol, had a long career: they first performed together in 1962, and since 1969 as "De Kermisklanten", until they had to stop in 2000 because of Henny van Voskuylen's health; he died January 12, 2010. They released some 70 records, in the Netherlands and Germany, and in 1999 they were knighted. A Wikipedia article for Die Kirrmesmusikanten, (in German) as they are called in Germany. A biography and (Dutch) discography of De Kermisklanten (in Dutch)

  • Kiermesdrep (in French) from Arlon, Belgium, with Michel Pêcheur on diatonic accordions, plays traditional music from Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg and Québec. In particular, they play music from Arelerland, the Arlon region, sung in dialect.
  • Addy Kleijngeld (in Dutch) (1922 - 1977) from Helmond, the Netherlands, was an accordionist, record producer and composer who played in numerous bands and radio orchestra. He was pretty succesful as a talent scout as well: he discovered amongst others Vader Abraham, Gert en Hermien and Heintje. He also founded an accordion orchestra that still exists, Helmond A.K.. (in Dutch)
  • 't Kliekse is one of the oldes Flemish folk groups: they were founded in 1968. They play Flemish folk tunes and songs from the 10th century till today. Wilfrid Moonen plays amongst others melodeon and accordion, as well as foot bass.

  • King Kok plays diatonic accordion in various bands, as well as solo: acoustic pop music and jazz in "Nieuwe Helden", Latin American music in "Los Caminantes", musette, tangos etc. in duo/trio "Loopt Lekker!", and Dutch tear jerkers in "Tante Annie". He also teaches accordion, amongst others at the yearly "Trek er es uut" workshop in Nijmegen.
  • Mart Heijmans and Mark Söhngen (the latter on accordion) have been giving school concerts for over 25 years. Currently they do so under the moniker Kruis en Mol (in Dutch)
  • Diatonic accordionist Wouter Kuyper (in Dutch) is active in the bal folk scene, amongst others with Liro. His Bal Folk Deunenboek (in Dutch) contains "40 new melodies for the modern bal folk" -- illustrated with cartoons by Auke Eringa. He also teaches, with the Trekharmonica-vereniging Amsterdam (THA) and at the Trekzakacademie in Nieuwegein.

  • Madlot (in Dutch) from Wageningen, the Netherlands, with Judica Lookman on diatonic accordion, plays acoustic music in the tradition of old Dutch songs
  • Mama Roux (in Dutch) from Apeldoorn, the Netherlands consists of 3 female singers, accordion and double bass; Juul Beerda plays the accordion. They bring literary Dutch folk music -- own texts and own music (sometimes inspired by folk songs). Mama Roux' myspace site (in Dutch)
  • Naragonia (in Dutch) / (in French) is a duo consisting of Pascale Rubens and Toon van Mierlo sometimes extended to a quartet. Both play (and teach) diatonic accordion and other instruments. They play mainly their own compositions, both for concerts and dances. Both teach as well. Pascale Rubens also plays in Musaraigne, Griff, Noodplan B, and in a duo with chromatic accordionist Bert Leemans.

  • De Nieuwe Snaar (in Dutch) (Flash site) is a humoristical musical trio (now quartet) from Belgium, with Jan de Smet on accordion. A De Nieuwe Snaar page at the "Belgian Pop & Rock Archives"
  • Stichting Oude Muziek Brabant (in Dutch) aims to promote Early Music in Dutch and Flemish Brabant, amongst others by acting as an agency. The accordion isn't exactly early, but they'll happily represent groups using the accordion with a repertoire from before, say, 1790. And indeed they do.
  • Folk music group Papaver from Belgium, with Leo Rutten on (amongst others) diatonic accordion (2 and 3 row Castagnaris), plays traditional and new folk music for dances and concerts.

  • Pater Moeskroen with Martien van Oostrom and Wilbert van Duinhoven on amongst others accordion They've even got a song about the squeezebox: Trek die zak in tweeën
  • Dance group Pieremachochel from Utrecht is accompanied by amongst others piano accordion, melodeon and concertina.
  • Dutch folk music group De Ploegadoers (in Dutch) from Liempde with Piet Grilis on (amongst others) piano accordion and Johan Schoenmakers on diatonic accordions

  • Amsterdam choir Puur Mokum is accompanied by accordionists Klaas Strijder and Hennie van Beek.
  • The orchestra of Westvlaams Volkskunstensemble "Die Rooselaer" (in Dutch) from Oostrozebeke, Belgium, includes piano accordion and diatonic accordion
  • accordeon.startpagina.nl, a Dutch links page about the accordion, maintained by Hillebrand van der Veen (in Dutch)

  • The Three Jacksons (in Dutch) was a popular accordion trio from Rotterdam, founded in 1940. It consisted of Piet van Gorp, Piet Koopmans and Harry van de Velde.
  • The 'tismawajewendBand is a fun orchestra/brass band ("dweilorkest") from Raalte, the Netherlands, with Miny Kamphuis on accordion
  • Törf is a folk band from Groningen, the Netherlands, in which both Geert and Bert Ridderbos play the accordion. They sing in the Gronings dialect.

  • Twalseree (in Dutch) is a quartet from Antwerp, Belgium, with Ingrid Van Delden on diatonic accordion, recorder and vocals. They play Flemish folk music for concerts and dances.
  • Jaap Valkhoff (in Dutch) was an accordionist and songwriter from Rotterdam. His best known song is probably "Hand in hand, kameraden" -- Feyenoord's football song.
  • Volt (in Dutch) is a balfolk band from the Netherlands with Sandra de Jong on diatonic accordion.

  • Le Canard Folk (in French) is a site about traditional music and dance in the French-speaking part of Belgium, with a diary, information about many groups, links, sheet music (GIFs and MIDI), etcetera.
  • Zusjes van Wanrooy, (Sisters Van Wanrooy), Anny and Paula, from Klaaswaal, the Netherlands, had their first TV performance at an early age. In 1981 they won an international competition for accordion duos in Saint-Etienne. They play all kinds of styles, and perform all around the world -- they speak English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish and Japanese... And the next generation also plays, two daughters each: Annapaola, Juanita, Teresa and Rosita.
  • Woarom Nait (in Dutch) is a band from Groningen, with Joop Douma on accordion and keyboard, who sing in dialect. Formerly he played in Het Tragisch Trio, (in Dutch) which used to be "Trio Joop, Paul & André"

  • John Woodhouse (in Dutch) (1923 - 2001), real name Johnny Holshuysen, was one of the best known Dutch accordionists. He was known for his "Magic Accordeon" (Cavagnolo's first accordionorgan).
  • De Zeeuwse Rei (in Dutch) is a folk music group from Schouwen-Duiveland, with Piet van Dongen on accordion

English Folk

  • English concertina and Northumbrian smallpipes player and composer Alistair Anderson has played in The High Level Ranters, and collaborated with string quartet The Lindsays, for which he wrote On Cheviot Hills, and with trombonist Annie Whitehead, with whom he recorded Airplay. He is also the artistic director of Folkworks and he is also one of the main lecturers of the BMus (and Diploma) in Folk and Traditional Music course at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (see a page for Alistair Anderson at Newcastle University)
  • Ivan Armbsy has a blog about all kinds of free reed and keyboard instruments. He plays accordion semi-professionally for Catherine Feeny and less professionally with Ipswich, Suffolk based folk/country/etc. band Mike Summers and The Doons
  • Mark Bazeley and Jason Rice play Dartmoor dance music in the Bob Cann tradition.

  • Folk singer, songwriter and anglo concertina player Peter Bellamy. Neil Wayne's Free Reed label has published a 3-CD retrospective Wake the Vaulted Echoes - a celebration of Peter Bellamy
  • Simon Care is a button box player who learned his trade with the Moulton Morris Men. Amongst others he plays or played with e2k, the band that rose from the ashes of Edward II, after its Jamaican members left for Africa for spiritual reasons. In 2002 or 2003 he released Simon Care: The "Box" Set, an anthology of 30 years of melodeon playing.
  • English band and all out spectacle The Chipolatas [flash site] with Tristan Glover on melodeon

  • English multi-instrumentalist Pete Coe plays amongst others Club melodeons - often while stepdancing at the same time!
  • Cross o'th Hands from Derbyshire, UK, with Doug Eunson on vocals and diatonic accordions (a Baffetti and a Castagnari), play traditional music from England and France as well as their own compositions.
  • Andy Cutting is an excellent melodeon player, who plays mainly traditional music from England and from Central France: in a duo with Chris Wood, in Kate Rusby's band, in Blowzabella, and in 1651. Previously, he also was a member of Fernhill and of Tanteeka. He has written many decent tunes as well, like "The History Man".

  • English melodeon player Tim van Eyken, winner of the 1999 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. After an earlier solo CD, he recently released a CD in a duo with English concertina player Robert Harbron (q.v.), which whom he also played in quartet Dr. Faustus. Since he has joined Waterson:Carthy, and in 2006 he founded his own band, with whom he recorded "Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves".
  • Anglo-Irish group Flook! with Sarah Allen (formerly of Barely Works and BIG JIG) on flute and accordion.
  • Singer/songwriter/button accordionist Keith Hancock from Manchester, England. A review of Keith Hancock's Born Blue CD.

  • Robert Harbron is a brilliant young English (in both senses) concertina player. He recorded a CD in a duo with melodeon player Tim van Eyken, which whom he also played in quartet Dr. Faustus. Nowadays he plays in trio the English Acoustic Collective, and in a duo with Emma Reid.
  • Mary Humphreys and Anahata from Cambridge play and sing traditional Enlish songs and tunes. Mary sings and plays banjo and English concertina; Anahata plays anglo concertina, melodeon, cello and pipes. Both also play in English Ceilidh bands English Rebellion and Fendragon
  • Bill Jones is a singer from Stafford, UK, now living in the North-East, who accompanies herself (Bill is short for Belinda!) on piano or accordion. Besides, she plays and teaches flute and whistle.

  • Eliza Carthy and the Kings of Calicutt with Saul Rose on melodeon. Saul Rose also plays with Waterson:Carthy and on Eliza Carthy's Red Rice double CD: on the "Rice" CD. On the "Red" CD, Martin Green plays the piano accordion - and Eliza plays one-row accordion on the opening track.
  • John Kirkpatrick is a highly acclaimed diatonic accordion player, singer, composer (his "Jump at the Sun" is so well-known you might find it as "trad., composer unknown"), song-writer, etcetera. He plays various diatonic instruments: one and two-row melodeon, British chormatic (3-row B/C/C# with Stradella basses) and Anglos. He has played amongst others with the Albion Country Band, Brass Monkey and Trans-Europe Diatonique, as well as numerous ceilidh bands, and he can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings. And according to the Rough Guide to World Music, he is an ace morris dancer as well! He plays among others in the John Kirkpatrick band and he has played with Steeleye Span. A John Kirkpatrick biography.
  • English folk rock band Little Johnny England with Gareth Turner on melodeon

  • Mad Dogs and Englishmen was an acoustic trio consisting of accordionist Glenn Miller and his twin brother Gary Miller, of folk(-rock) band The Wisky Priests, together with Joseph Power (of Blyth Power). They did record a CD, and had a few tours in 2000/2001, but the other bands took precedence.
  • The Mellstock Band plays the music of Thomas Hardy's Wessex using authentic instruments, including concertina (played by director Dave Townsend). Dave Townsend also plays songs and concert pieces from the Victorian Music Halls in duo The Lost Chord, with Phil Humphries (who plays serpent and trombone).
  • Musical Traditions is an online folk magazine (co-)edited by Rod Stradling, with amongst others articles about melodeon players Stan Seaman and the Wyper Brothers

  • The Oyster Band, with John Jones on lead vocals, accordion, melodeon and piano, and Ian Telfer on violin, viola and concertina.
  • Brian Peters is a fine buttonbox and concertina player, guitarist and singer, "second only to John Kirkpatrick on the anglo-concertina" according to The Living Tradition. Brian Peters at rootsworld.com.
  • English folk song duo John Roberts and Tony Barrand met at Cornell University. John Roberts plays both English and Anglo concertina.

  • John Spiers and Jon Boden are a young and vibrant English duo who play melodeon and fiddle respectively. They sing and play traditional English songs and tunes. The site contains written music for their tune sets (and the lyrics of the songs). In 2003 they won the BBC Radio 2 Horizon award for best newcomers to the folk scene, followed by the Best Duo Award in 2004. Summer 2004 they formed Bellowhead, [Flash site] an 11-piece big band, which rightly won the BBC Radio 2 folk award for Best Live Act 2005: they are magnificent!
  • English Ceilidh band Stocai, with Dave Jolly on melodeon and Sheena Masson (sometimes) on concertina, plays original compositions as well as traditional French, Irish, Quebecois, Scandinavian, and English tunes.
  • Tiger Moth with Rod Stradling on melodeon played eclectic electrified folk music [this is a different Rod Stradling from the Stradivarious one]

  • Chris Timson and Anne Gregson have concertinas, will travel. Anne plays the English, Chris plays the Anglo. They play and sing traditional English folk songs as well as Anne's songs
  • Tranters Folly is a West Country (i.e. from the UK) folk group with Nick Thomas on (amongst others) accordion
  • Anglo and one-row melodeon player Andy Turner from Didcot, England, sings and plays traditional English music with conviction.

  • On Neil Wayne's Free Reed label: the 'Tale of Ale' and 'Still Swanning... the Old Swan Band', both containing a fair bit of concertina and melodeon
  • Webfeet dance data (!) is devoted to many types of dance, most of which are made for the accordion or the concertina, such as cajun, English Ceilidh or Morris.

English Ceilidh and Barn Dance bands

  • Albireo is a new ceilidh band in the Stockport (UK) area with Howard Jones: on melodeon, concertina, hammered dulcimer, and vocals. They play a mixture of English, Scottish, Irish and American tunes.
  • Alf Alfa and the Wild Oats is a barn dance band from the English Midlands, with Trevor Carter on keyboard and concertina and Tim Willets on accordions, fiddle and guitar.
  • Angels of the North is a 6-piece ceilidh/folk band from Newcastle, UK, who play traditional North Country music.

  • Bellows, Scratchitt and Pluckitt is a ceildih band from Nottingham, England, with Nick Murphy on melodeon.
  • The Bursledon Village Band based neare Southampton, England, with Dave Ingledew on melodeon and Graham Pretty on Anglo concertina is first and foremost a band for dancing to.
  • The Committee Band, with Ian Dedic on two and three row melodeons, and Martin Nail on Anglo concertina, started as a band for the Knees Up Cecil Sharp ceilidhs at Cecil Sharp House in London. They play music for English ceilidhs.

  • The Famous Potatoes are a barn dance band from Leigh-on-Sea, south-east Essex, England, Richard Baxter on melodeon, lead vocals, saxophone and mouth organ and "Prof" Paul McDowell on accordion, piano and vocals. In 23 years they have done over 850 barn dances and over 450 other events.
  • Freds Folks Ceilidh Band from Nottingham, UK, includes Eric Foxley on accordion (since 1960), Hamish Foxley on accordion and Barrie Shay on English concertina
  • the glowworms is a London-based trio, with John Brenner on accordion, who play traditional English music for dancing.

  • Herbal Remedy are a lively accordion bass and drums band for barn dances and English country dance from the Worcestershire / Warwickshire area, with Fiona Hawkins on piano accordion and melodeon.
  • Kick Shins is an English Ceilidh band from Berkshire, UK, playing mostly English country music, but music from France, Ireland, Germany as well. The line up includes melodeon and accordion
  • The Knotted Chord Folk Dance Band, from Nottingham, UK, with Philip Rowe on accordion, plays mainly English folk dance music.

  • Moves Afoot are a barn dance band from Brighton, Sussex, with Mike Mussell on melodeon.
  • Quicksilver is a barn dance/ ceilidh/ square dance band from London, with Mike Ruff on accordion
  • Rising Sun Band from the North West of England plays Northern English dance music. Paul Walker plays concertina and melodeon (and Brian Peters plays guitar).

  • Simon Ritchie is a traditional English melodeon player from Thaxted, Essex. Apart from playing and recording solo, he also plays or played in "Old Hat", and in the Posh band. He also plays for Thaxted Morris Men and for local country dances.
  • Liam Robinson is an Lincolnshire based melodeon and English concertina player. He currently plays with his own dance band (The Liam Robinson Dance Band) and with English Compass. He is also the director of the Mini Morris Company who provide workshops, performances, etcetera for schools, festivals and the like.
  • The Round Band is a student band from Cambridge, UK, with Anthony Bearon on trombone, melodeon and piano. They play traditional dance music from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and America.

  • The Spike Island Band is a barn dance band form Southampton, UK, with Claire Coxwell on accordion
  • Stömp is an English Ceilidh band from London, with Sheena Masson on English concertina. They draw their music from the whole of the British Isles, Scandinavia and beyond.
  • Stradivarious from Lichfield / Derby, England, with amongst others Rod Stradling on accordion and piano and Howard Mitchell on double bass and melodeon plays for folk dances, country dances, workshops, etc. [This is a different Rod Stradling from the Tiger Moth / Musical Tradition one]. The website contains some concertina articles: Neil Wayne's "History of the Wheatstone Concertina", John Kirkpatrick's "Anglo Concertina Chords" and Jim Cottingham's "Free Reed Acoustics" articles.

  • Rod Stradling plays or played melodeons in the Glostershire based English Country Dance Band. A Rootsworld interview with Rod Stradling
  • Musician and TEFL teacher Leslie Thompson from Devon, England, plays traidtional dance tunes from the British Isles in The Seven Stars Ceildh Band, and English folk music in the 3dB English Ceilidh Band Under his Ukrainian name of Basil Bunelik (his mother is Ukrainian, and he has lived there) he plays East-European music.
  • Whapweasel, is an English dance band, based around Hexham in Northumberland, UK, with Robin Jowett on melodeon. They play mostly original dance tunes with some traditional material.

  • Woodsiders is a Southampton(UK) based barn dance and ceilidh band Woodsiders feature Mike Bunce on accordion. Essentially a band to dance to, although they have performed concert style.

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Scandinavian (Nordic) Music

  • The web site of Ing-Britt Alvesparr (in Swedish) has information about her CD, photos of accordionists, and sheet music for her own songs/tunes (hambos, schottisches, waltzes etc.)
  • Lennart Andersson (in Swedish) from Norrköping, Sweden
  • Norwegian hobby accordionist Nils-Helge Brede plays evergreens, swing, waltz, tango and Latin.

  • Swedish group Bröderna Trück (in Swedish) with Martin Andersson and Magnus Sandgren on accordion plays traditional accordion music. The web site of their guitar player, Bo Simensen, has some information in English.
  • Inge Carlén (in Swedish) has made three cassettes and three tune books with his own compositions.
  • Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag from Oslo, with Randi Rosendahl on piano and accordion, is rooted in Norwegian traditions, but they add touches of classical music, jazz, rock and pop. Another Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag page

  • Dalapolisens Spelmän (in Swedish) is a police band from Dalarna, Sweden, who play traditional Swedish gammeldans and folk music. They have played in the United States a couple of times.
  • Digelius music has a large annotated catalog of the CDs of Scandinavian (accordion) music it sells
  • Øivind Farmen from Norway, plays classical music, both solo and in a duo with Swede Jörgen Sundeqvist. He has won various international competitions. Besides, he plays gammeldans music. He teaches at the Trondheim Conservatory (in Norwegian)

  • Jon Faukstad and Per Saemund Bjørkum from Norway, on violin and accordion respectively. Jon Faukstad teaches at the Norges Musikhøgskole
  • The Finnish dance server has a list of (ballroom) dance bands some of which include an accordionist, like Elysee (Ari Mäkimattila on accordion), Souvarit (Jukka Lampela), and Finlanders (Aku Toivonen). There is a separate lists of folk dance groups
  • The Finnish Music Information Centre has information about both contemporary (classical) music and folk music. The accordion features in both: searching for accordion yielded over 300 results.

  • Jarle Fjeldheim is a diatonic accordion player from Norway, who plays mostly Norwegian folkmusic, but also Irish and Conjunto.
  • Fliflet/Hamre is a duo from Bergen, Norway, with Gabriel Fliflet on accordion and Ole Hamre on drums and melodica (and both sing). They call themselves "The World's Smallest Total Orchestra". The roots of their unique style can be found in Norwegian folk music, but also in Balkan and gypsy music, and further afield.
  • Flyskrekk (in Norwegian) from Norway, with Per Hammerø Jr and Arne Johnson on accordion plays dance music for all ages.

  • folknorth.org is a directory of Nordic Traditional and Contemporary Folk Music and Dance
  • The members of Gamle Aker Spelemannslag (in Norwegian) come from the area surrounding Oslo, Norway.
  • Geitungen (in Norwegian) is a young trio from Rogaland in the South West of Norway, with Håvard Ims on diatonic accordion.

    Gjøvik Spelmannslag (in Norwegian) has amongst others a diatonic accordion group.

  • Groupa is a folk band from Sweden, with Mats Edén on fiddles and accordion
  • Gunnfjauns Kapell with Bengt Arwidsson on accordion, mandolin and fiddle, plays folk music from Gotland, Sweden

  • Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli (born 1975) studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and the Royal Danish Concervatory of Music, and was selected by the Norwegian Concert Institute as the "Young Soloist of the Year, 2001". Apart from new classical music (solo and chamber music) he also plays a lot of Norwegian folk music, amongst others in the group Rusk
  • Happy Skvett is a folk band from Norway (Hamar, Lillehammer and surroundings, with Ragnar Johnsen, Anita Brustad-Johnsen and Stefan Östgård on chromatic button accordion and Jan Ekeland and Gunn Verterheim on two-row diatonic accordion. They have performed in Norway, Sweden (Ransäter almost every year it seems), Denmark and Spain.
  • Hedningarna with Hållbus Totte Mattson on (amongst others) accordion, is a Swedish/Finnish group that plays music with roots in the old Swedish/Finnish history. A page for Hedningarna at Northside Records.

  • Helsingin Kaksrivisnaiset, the Helsinki Melodeon Ladies, was recorded in 1995 by Maria Kalaniemi, Maija Karhinen, Sirkka Kosonen, Riitta Kossi (then Riitta Potinoja) and Pia Rask - all on 2-row button accordion and vocals. It is out of print, but CDRoots can make CDRs of Helsingin Kaksrivisnaiset on demand.
  • Petri Ikkelä is a Finnish accordionist (1, 2, 3 and 5-row), bandoneon and concertina player. He graduated from the Sibelius Academy in 1998 where he studied solo performance and folk music; today he is a freelance musician, teacher, arranger, composer and conductor playing in various light, classical and folk music line-ups. His latest CD, Amuletti is available from musicforaccordion.com.
  • The Carl Jularbo Museum in Avesta, Sweden, dedictated to Swedish accordionist king Carl Jularbo (1893 - 1966) A listing for the Carl Jularbo (in Swedish) at the Swedish music centre.

  • Kaiku is a New York based Finnish band, with Rob Curto on accordion.
  • Maria Kalaniemi is a master of the standard and free bass 5-row chromatic button accordion. But in the quintet "Helsingin Kaksrivisnaiset", the "Helsinki Two-Row Ladies", she plays a two-row button accordion, of course. Maria Kalaniemi's myspace page.
  • Lars Karlsson (in Swedish) is a diatonic accordionist from Fjärås, Sweden

  • Kvarts (in Norwegian) is a folk group from Norway with Jo-Asgeir Lie on accordion. Apart from performing, he teaches folk music at the Viken and Voss folk high schools, and works as a music teacher for the district of Aal in Hallingdal.
  • Markku Lepistö from Finland plays in Värttinä and in Doina Klezmer. In 1984 he started studying at the then newly founded Folk Music Department of the Sibelius Academy, and for many years he has been responsible for teaching of one and two-row accordion there. In 2006 he recorded his second solo CD, Polku
  • Danish diatonic accordionist Carl Erik Lundgaard plays in the trio Lang Linken, which has been going for over 30 years.

  • Finnish accordionist Teija Niku specialised in folk music from the Balkan area and Nordic countries, but her wide repertoire includes also tango, French musette, schlager, etc. With duo (then trio) Polka Chicks she won ”Band of the Year” at the 2009 Kaustinen Folk Music Festival. She also teaches folk accordion at the Käpylä Music School and Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department in Helsinki.
  • Nordahl Grieg Leikarring & Spelemannslag from the San Francisco Bay area, a member group of the Northern California Spelmanslag
  • Tom Nordblom (in Swedish) from Uddevalla, Sweden, visits Dragspelsstämmor all over Sweden with his caravan.

  • Three generations of spelman in Mörtmark: Viktor, Leander and Paul Norrback (in Swedish)
  • Benny Andersson got an accordion from his father when he was six. He played it with Abba sometimes, for instance on the 1977 and 1979 ABBA World Tours (as evidenced by photos on the ABBA Annual Homepage ). Also, after ABBA, he has recorded two albums with Swedish folk-like music, with the Orsa Spelman. (in Swedish) Accordionist Larsåke Leksell is also a member of the Orsa Spelmann
  • Orust [Rootsworld CD review] is a Swedish acoustic trio with Johan Kullberg on diatonic accordion. Myspace pages for Orust (in Swedish) and Johan Kullberg.

  • Erik Pekkari is a two-row diatonic accordionist from Linköping, Sweden, who is inspired by old spelman like Carl Jularbo, and by the new generation of Swedish folk musicians.
  • Jesper Vinther Petersen plays accordion and percussion in folk group Phønix and in Bal Tinget. In 2002 he graduated from the Carl Nielsen Academy of music (folk music stream).
  • Kimmo Pohjonen from Finland plays 5-row chromatic, melodeon, harmonica, and sometimes gogo marimba. He has played in folk and rock groups, but his primary focus today is his solo 5-row accordion project, featuring original and extreme compositions for accordion, live effects, a powerful and animated stage performance, orchestrated lights and quadrophonic sound. It is different from anything else you might have seen before! A Kimmo Pohjonen page at Rootsworld.

  • Radio Västernorrland (in Swedish) has an accordion program at 11 every day
  • The Swedish Riksförbundet för Folkmusik och Dans (National Society for Folk music and dance)
  • Rootsworld has pages devoted to Finnish music, among which an interview with Maria Kaliniemi

  • Torkel Selin and Sone Banger (in Swedish) is a Christian duo from Sweden with Sone Banger on accordion. A Sone Banger (in Swedish) biography.
  • The Sibelius Academy has amongst others a very renowned Folk Music Department. Maria Kalaniemi teaches there, as well as Merja Ikkelä, Petri Ikkelä, Kimmo Pohjonen, and many others. And the accordion is also taught in the 'classical' Department of Piano Music; the main accordion teacher there is Matti Rantanen.
  • Sjetraddane (in Norwegian) from Norway is a group of five people, which started as a spin-off of diatonic accordion club "Glopperaddane" in 1994. They have played at various festivals.

  • Spelemenn i Cyberspace (in Norwegian) - folk music and gammeldans from Hallingdal, Røros and Nordfjord in Norway, amongst others the Toradertrioen från Hallingdal.
  • Ragner "Raggie" Sundquist (in Swedish) or Sundqvist (1892 - 1951) was one of the most popular Swedish accordionists in the first half of the 20th century. He would sometimes be billed as "the Swedish Frosini". A Ragnar Sundqvist discography (in Swedish)
  • The Finnish Folk Music Association (Suomen Kansanmusiikkiliitto) organises courses, concerts and the like. They have a list of bands (in Finnish) as well

  • Trio Svart Kaffe from Sweden, with Frenchman Jean-Pierre Yvert on accordion, willow flute and sanza, plays Swedish folk music in a traditional and modern style. They have toured in Canada, France, Sweden and Wales.
  • The Svenskt Visarkiv, the Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research, collect, preserve and publish material concerning instrumental folk music, folk songs and traditional music in general, from the end of the 16th century up to now, as well as material on the history of jazz in Sweden. Amongst others, they have made field recordings of Swedish folk musicians and singers since 1968, and they have a collection of manuscripts, mostly from around 1900.
  • Sver is a Norwegian (/Swedish) "Powerfolk" quintet with Leif Ingvar Ranøien on diatonic accordion.

  • SWÅP was a British/ Swedish band (playing Swedish/ British/ Irish music) with Karen Tweed on accordion
  • Jukka Tervamaki from Finland plays accordion in Sakarat.
  • Pontus Thuvesson (in Swedish) is a programmer and spelman, who plays Scandinavian music on fiddle and various kinds of accordions; mostly Anglo-German concertina and two-row diatonic.

  • Duo Røyseng/Aase a.k.a. "Duo Jupiter" from Oslo, Norway,both play on Jupiter bayans. Their repertoire consists of Baroque music, Russian folk music, Norwegian contemporary and folk music, and light music. They were winners in the duo and chamber music category in Castelfidardo, both in 2001 and in 2003. Both Lars Røyseng and Stian Aase also teach in and around Oslo. A Myspace site for Røyseng/Aase, and one for Stian Aase
  • Danish-Swedish trio Trio Mio, with Nikolaj Busk on piano, accordion and harmonium, play original music rooted in traditional folk music. An article about Trio Mio by Morten Alfred Høirup, and a Sing Out! article about Trio Mio
  • Troka from Finland with Minna Luoma on accordion (and the ubiquitous Timo Alakotila on harmonium)

  • Accordionist Viola Turpeinen (1909 - 1958) from Michigan was one of the most influential Finnish American dance musicians.
  • Erik-Hans Vagen from New Jersey has been playing as a live musician (accordion, keyboard and vocals) for over 35 years.
  • Värttinä with (currently) Johanna Virtanen on (vocals and amongst others) 2-row diatonic accordion, and Matti Kallio on accordion and keyboards. Previous lineups have included as accordionists: Mari and Sari Kaasinen, Johanna Logren (1983 - 1989), Maria Kalaniemi (1989 - 1990), Riitta Kossi (Potinoja) (1990 - 1997), Susan Aho (1997 - 1998), and Markku Lepistö (1998 - 2008).

  • Vömmöl (in Norwegian) from the Norwegian Trøndelag district, with Anbjørn Viem on accordion
  • On the album Nordan, Lena Willemark and Ale Möllerplay medieval Swedish folk songs
  • Zenobia is a classically trained Danish folk trio, with Mette Kathrine Jensen on accordion