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

Southern Europe

French music

  • 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
  • An Tour Tan (in French) is a site for "Breton expats". Under "Cyber Fest Noz" (and then "le best of", or previous years) there are various video clips (real audio) of concerts and the like.
  • Lydie Auvray (in German) is of French origin but lives in Germany. She has published a number of solo CDs, mostly with her own compositions. She has also written music for film and television.

  • French Marcel Azzola (in French) has accompanied many French singers, including Édith Piaf, Yves Montand, and in particular Jacques Brel. Also, he provides music for films by Claude Lelouche, Jacques Tati, and many others. He was instrumental in introducing the accordion at the Paris Conservatory. Currently he plays in a duo with pianist Lina Bossatti. A page for Marcel Azzola (in French) at his agent, Musique et Mouvement. A Wikipedia article about Marcel Azzola. (in French)
  • The Baguette Quartette from the San Francisco Bay area, with Odile Lavault on accordion, plays French musettes and javas
  • Bal Musette from Nesoddtangen, Norway, consists of Leif Blix on vocals and Lars Nygaard on accordion. When they play non-French music, they call themselves Den gode melodi

  • Les Barbarins Fourchus (in French) [flash site] from Grenoble is a French folk/punk band/circus troupe with Delfino and Gillou Bouvier on accordion
  • Jo Basile, accordionist and veteran of the French music scene in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Belle Musette is a trio from Melbourne, Australia, with Jo Abbott on accordion, David Krycer on guitar and Andrew O'Grady on double bass. They play musette, swing/musette and Django Reinhardt jazz.

  • BivOAc (in French) is a Breton trio with Ronan Robert on diatonic accordion. They play their own compositions in the traditional breton styles for concerts and fest noz balls.
  • Gérard Blanchard (in French) [Wikipedia entry] is a French singer/songwriter and accordionist, who was one of the first to play accordion in rock music. His first band, in the mid seventies, was Roxy Musette; after a few more bands he started playing solo in 1980. A myspace page for Gérard Blanchard (in French)
  • Breizh Storming (in French) is a 7 piece fest noz band from Brest with Yannig Coiron on accordion. A myspace page for Breizh Storming, (in French) and Breizh Storming videos on Youtube (in French)

  • Writer, diatonic accordion player, singer and guitar player Eric Brocard from Bordeaux plays at concerts and parties. He also teaches diatonic accordion.
  • Mario Bruneau (in French) is a professional accordionist and accordion and piano tuner from Montreal, Quebec. He plays musette, French chansons, jazz and Quebecois music. He is also the Canadian representative for Accordions Worldwide.
  • 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.

  • Cafe Mondiale is a duo from Cambridge, England, with Hugh Boyde on mandolin and Bert Santilly on accordion. They play a mixture of mainly French, Italian and South American cafe and dance music. Bert Santilly also plays solo, in quintet Simply Jazz, and in ceilid band the Bungalow Boogaloo Band. He also teaches jazz accordion workshops.
  • New (i.e. modern) French chanson band Casse-pipe (in French) with Philippe Onfray on accordion -- now defunct, it seems. A Wikipedia article about Casse-pipe (in French)
  • French female vocal sixtet Castafiore Bazooka (in French) with Elisabeth Wiener on accordion and vocals. She also writes all of their songs.

  • The Centre de Musiques Traditionnelles Rhône-Alpes (in French) has lots of information about French folk music and world music in the Rhône-Alpes region
  • chanson-francaise.net (in French) is a site with biographies, song texts etc. of numerous (rock) groups that sing in French. Many of them with accordions in, of course.
  • Gary Chapin from Maine plays traditional French music, from the central regions of that country, on a two-row diatonic accordion.

  • Musette accordionist and band leader Jean-Robert Chappelet (in French) from Grignon, Franche, has performed on all five continents, and appeared in various TV programs. Amongst others he has a weekly accordion show together with Carole Montmayeur on TV8 Mont Blanc, (in French) which is broadcast at 7AM and 3PM on Saturday and 8:30AM on Sunday -- and can be viewed on-line as well. Another site for Jean-Robert Chappelet
  • Club Django Toronto, with Gerry Duligal on piano accordion, plays Gypsy Swing in the spirit of the quintet of The Hot Club de France.
  • Coeur Vagabond (in Dutch) is a musette and swing orchestra from the Netherlands, with John Jacob on accordion

  • Mussette accordionist Tracey Collins from Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mario D'Amario from Italy has won numerous competitions, amongst which the Junior Variété/virtuoso category at the 2006 Coupe Mondiale in Asker and the 2008 Trophée Mondiale in Sarajevo. He is an endorser for Ballone Burini and Roland, and in 2009 he released his first CD, "Carnevale".
  • Laurent Daverio plays diationic accordion in Passage Vert, Kazimodal, and in Carré de Deux. (in French) They play mostly traditional music from central France.

  • Frédéric Deschamps has won many international competitions, and so have his pupils. He teaches amongst others at the Conservatoire de Paris.
  • Breton group Diaouled Ar Menez with Jean-Yves Le Corre on accordion
  • Les Elles (in French) (all female, indeed), with Sophie Henry on piano and accordion

  • Embrun from Belgium, with Bert Leemans on chromatic accordion, is first and foremost a dance band: they play self-composed bourrees, schottisches, andros, and gavottes and tricotus "at the right speed". He also plays in Galicia Baila, A Banda, Gabon, Netel and as a duo with diatonic accordionist Pascal Rubens.
  • Trio En Route (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Onno Kuipers (ex-Louisiana Radio) on accordion, play old style French Jazz, Hot Club gypsy jazz, swing and musette.
  • Erika (in French) from Belgium has been playing the accordion professionally for almost 20 years. She plays musette, swing, and pop music styles.

  • Fantasmagoria is a band, currently a duo, consisting of French guitarist, double bass player and singer Sebastien Guerreau and English accordionist and singer Tom Baker. They play a hybrid stle of music of our their composition blending influences from French cafe music to gypsy and klezmer, with a dash of humour.
  • Les Femmouzes T. (in French) from France/Brazil with Rita Macedo (in French) on accordion plays south French troubadour-rap. A Wikipedia article on Les Femmouzes T. (in French)
  • La Flo, (in French) [Flash site] Florence Dionneau, is an author, composer, musician and comedian. Amongst others she has played in (Robert Crumb's) Les Primitifs Du Futur.

  • Karin Fontaine (in French) is a musette accordionist from Pleine-Fougères, France. Some Karine Fontaine CDs, (in French) with sound samples.
  • Alexandre Leauthaud plays accordion in in musical theatre company La Troupe Du Phénix (in French) and in a band that followed from that, Les Fouteurs de Joie. (in French) [Flash site] That repertoire of that band consists of self-composed chansons.
  • FreeBidou (in French) are a trio from France, with Patrick Fournier on accordion. They play their own take on traditional French musette and javas -- mixed with Balkan music and Gipsy swing, and a rock and roll attitude.

  • Contact details for a few accordion players in France
  • Some French accordionists (in French)
  • Les Frères Brozeur, (in French) "the biggest Belgian danceband in the world", with Vincent Regout on accordion, keyboard and vocals, play "shock-rock-accordion-stomp"

  • Richard Galliano, inventor of the "new musette". A page for Richard Galliano at Dreyfus Records, which has published a number of his CDs -- amongst others a triple CD with three live concerts.
  • Maurice le Gaulois (Maurice Séré) from Brussels, Belgium, plays musette and sings chansons, either solo or with a wooden drummer. Besides, he is member of Klezmer orchestra Shpil (in Dutch) (in the economic version reduced to a duo accordion/clarinet).
  • Musette accordionist Franck Gergaud

  • Le Grand Bal (in French) is a set of five CDs of musette music by a variety of young accordionists, compiled by Frédéric Deschamps (who plays on a few tracks himself).
  • Breton diatonic accordionist Etienne Grandjean (in French)
  • Breton diatonic acocordionist Fred Guichen was a founding member of fest noz band Ar Re Youank. In 1998 he recorded his first solo album, "La Lune Noire".

  • Ari Haatainen was born in Finland but now lives in Eskilstuna, Sweden. He plays musette and Italian music; he has performed in the USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia, etc., amongst others accompanying Luciano Pavarotti. He performs solo, with his "Ari Haatainen Orchestra", or with his daughter Hanna on vocals.
  • Diatononic accordionist François Heim (in French) organises regular workshops in Chalap, near Alès.
  • Carmen Hey (in German) [flash site] is a Jazz-Manouche style musette accordionist from Berlin. She works as a music pedagogue, accordionist and creative coach. Carmen Hey's myspace page.

  • Yaron Hallis' Hot Club page, (!) with information about Klezmer, Gypsy and musette groups and artists. He presents "the Hot Club", a weekly radio-show, in Sydney, Australia. His band Monsieur Camembert, with Marcello Maio on accordion (formerly Svetlana Bunic), plays Hot Club gypsy style music, combining traditional French, Hungarian, Russian, Greek, and Jewish music. Monsieur Camembert's myspace page.
  • Claude Kaeser (in French) is an accordionist, band leader, multi-instrumentalist and accordion repairer. His website contains sheet music for various of his compositions: waltzes, javas, boleros, paso dobles etc.
  • Kato Kanako (in Japanese) is a chromatic button accordionist from Osaka, Japan. After high school she went to France to study accordion at Conservatoires municipaux de Paris and then at CNIMA. She played mainly classical music in France, and musette after returning to Japan; and nowadays mostly self-composed tunes, of which she has recorded 5 CDs. Kato Kanako's

  • Karma (in French) is a young Breton group with Yann le Corre on accordion.
  • Alan Keith from California plays British, Irish, and French music on bagpipes and diatonic button accordions.
  • Charles Kondoky teaches accordion at the Conservatoire Erik Satie (in French) in Villebon-sur-Yvette. He plays street songs in duo "Coin de Rue".

  • Korventenn (in French) from France, with Stéphane Le Luyer on chromatic button accordion, play traditional Breton music (and a bit of Irish).
  • Japanese musette(?) accordionist Tetsuya Kuwayama (in Japanese)
  • Orchestre Christophe Lampidecchia (in French) with Christophe Lampidecchia on accordion plays musette and jazz

  • The diatonic accordion in Languedoc-Roussillon (in French)
  • Jean-Claude Laudat (in French) plays swing musette, in the style of Gus Viseur, Tony Murena and Jo Privat.
  • Le Duo from France consists of Eric Bouvelle on accordion and Jacky Delance on piano.

  • Accordionist and guitar player Marc Lemonnier (in French) from Saint Laurent de Trèves, France, plays folk music from France and abroad, including Andean music in El Pueblo (in French)
  • Max Lhopital (in French) plays musette in a duo with Nicole. His site has sheet music for some of his compositions.
  • Bernard and Gaëlle Loffet play folk music from France and Europe, as duo "Anches Hantées", on diatonic and chromatic button accordion respectively.

  • André Loppe (in French) and his orchestra from Aiseau, Belgium, "king of the popular balls", regularly perform on TV in various countries, and has performed all over the world. André Loppe is also the importer for Belgium of Maugein and Piermaria accordions.
  • Mich en Scène is a Belgian band around singer Micheline Van Hautem, with Frederik Caelen on piano and accordion. They play the songs of Jacqes Brel.
  • Breton diationic accordionist Michel Billard (in French)

  • Minuit Guibolles [Flash site] is a bal folk group from Orléans in France, with Aurélien Claranbaux on diatonic accordion
  • Les Misters de Jazz from France, with Max Marcilly on accordion, play French jazz and swing-musette in the style of Gus Viseur and Django Reinhardt.
  • murmure du bal musette (in Japanese) by Mizue has amongst others biographies of some 50 to 100 accordionists, and a discography. She is a musette accordionist herself, and plays or has played in "cinnamon toast crunch" and in "Mizue et Bal chat bleu". Her repertoire seems to include Richard Galliano, Jo privat, pingu and the Sex pistols!

  • Musac (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Herbert Habets on diatonic accordion and epinette de Vosges, plays mainly traditional music from Central France
  • Thierry Carpentier is the band leader and accordionist of Los Gallos, a conjunto band from Paris, France. He also plays musette in Les Canotiers du Dimanche. A myspace page for Los Gallos
  • Musette accordionist Alain Musichini (in French) [flash site] from Avignon has recorded 4 albums, and has performed on various TV and radio programmes. In 1986 he formed his own orchestra.

  • Musictrad, the server of traditional music in France, with information about artists, a diary, etc. (in French)
  • Musique Musette (in French) / (in German) is an instrumental musette trio from Freyming-Merlebach, France, consisting of Gérard Dolanc and Jerny Dolanc on accordion and Doris Dolanc on mouth harmonica and keyboard
  • MusTraDem, (in French) Musiques Traditionnelles de Demain, is a collective of musicians from Grenoble, France. It includes diatonic accordionists Norbert Pignol, who plays in concert and bal folk band Dédale, and Stéphane Milleret, who plays in bal folk band Djal. Both are members of Obsession, which plays "asymmetrical music, creations and improvisations, influences from central Europe". They have also written a method for diatonic accordion.

  • accodeon.com, (in French) accordion.com's French site
  • Marcel Loeffler (in French) plays or played accordion in Gypsy jazz ensemble Note Manouche (in Japanese)
  • Les Ogres De Barback (in French) [Flash site] is a family band with Fred Barback on accordions, trombone, guitar and vocals. They play (self-written) chansons, influenced by Gypsy music, in the streets or in concert halls.

  • Diatonic accordionist Christian Oller (in French) plays traditional music from Central France; he has palyed with "Le Grand Rouge" and "Lo Jaï". He plays in a duet with pianist Roger Lasalle, street music with l'Ensemble Diato, and solo, plain music or musical spectacles: apart from traditional music, he has also studied clowning and experimental movement. (note: You have to mouse over the "Sa formation", "Quelques références" etc. to pop up the corresponding text!)
  • Ooh La La is a French Swing band from London, led by singer and accordionist Stephanie Mair.
  • Hungarian accordionist Zoltan Orosz mainly plays in the "Podium Duo" with guitarist Gabor Ursu. They play "well-known melodies on accordion in virtuoso interpretation", from various genres: classical, musette, tangos, etc. He also plays in the "Budapest Accordion Trio". With these groups Zoltan Orosz has recorded 3 CDs, and apart from that he also plays on many CDs of other Hungarian artists.

  • Serguei Pachnine from Surrey, England, is available country-wide for French Cafe Music, as well as East European and Russian music, klezmer, etc.
  • Entertainer, accordionist and singer Matthieu Pallas from Paris plays and sings musette music, either solo, in a duo or in a band.
  • Paris Combo with Belle du Berry on vocals and accordion

  • Las Patatas Espantadas (in French) is (or was?) a French band playing "Trash Musette" or "Latino-Ragga-Musette". With in the current line-up MC Romulus on vocals, accordion and keyboard. Some concert photos of Las Patatas Espantadas
  • Les AccordéoNiaques (in French) a.k.a. "Les Sœurs Pélisson" is a comical duo from Toulouse, consisting of Catherine Gaubert on diatonic accordion and Soraya Daigre on chromatic button accordion. They perform an interactive (the public gets to sing along!), comical and musical spectacle, with classic French chansons.
  • Alain Pennec is one of the foremost Breton diatonic accordionists. He also publishes sheet music, amongst which a series of books with tablature for the diatonic accordion (with accompanying CDs).

  • Sylvain Peron's tradfrance with sheet music for 630 traditional French tunes, mostly in abc format. For some of them, audio samples in MIDI or RealAudio are available. Sylvain Perron plays in trio Les abandonnés.
  • Yann-Fañch Perroches is a Breton diatonic accordion player, and a member the Breton traditional music group "Skolvan". Also, he formed a shortlived group called "Cocktail Diatonique", with Jacques Beauchamp, Patrick Lancien, Yann-Fañch Perroches and Ronan Robert, all on diatonic accordion. Cocktail Diatonique did manage to record one album, on which Richard Galliano appeared as a guest. Currently (2005) he plays amongst others in the group Jolie Vilaine, which showcases ballads from Eastern Brittany. The site includes a few audio clips, as well as tablature for a few tunes.
  • French diatonic accordion player Marc Perrone (in French) Another page for Mac Perrone (in French)

  • Composer, accordionist and pianist Honoré Pesenti was born in Italy in 1929, and moved to France in the Forties. He has worked as a music teacher, and in 1975 he released his first LP; in 2001 he recorded a double CD with recent compositions (samples of each track are available in real-audio).
  • Sergey Petrov is a professional musician from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He plays variety-jazz style, and musette, cajun and zydeco, and bossa nova
  • Piaffinitee is a south-west England based duo consisting of Basil Bunelik and Djamila (sometimes performing as a trio with guitarist Tony Oreshko). Their music is based on the performances of Edith Piaf, with accordion accompaniment.

  • Roger Poitevin is a Breton diatonic accordion player who has been playing for 25 years.
  • Dutch accordionist Jean Guiran plays in Orkest Polytour, a band that brings chansons, musette and Django's Jazz. And with Cherie de Boer in accordion duo Accordéon Mélancolique; they play and sing French, Dutch, and South American tunes and songs. He has also played in swing band the Bubblin Toorop Trio
  • Diou Flo, formerly Potes Flor', is an accordion consisting of two Florences: Florence Glorion on chromatic accordion and Florence Pinvidic on diatonic accordion. They play Breton music and original compositions. Their site contains tablature for some traditional tunes and for some of their own compositions.

  • Les Primitifs du Futur was formed in 1986 when Robert Crumb lived in Paris for a few months. Initially Florence Dionneau played the accordion, later Daniel Colin and Fabienne Dondard did.
  • SwingJO is a site dedicated to Jo Privat (and to accordions).
  • DiscAmbiance is the company of musette accordionist Michel Pruvot, selling CDs, cassettes, videos, and sheet music of himself and others. Michel Pruvot has a weekly show on French TV, Sur un air d'accordéon, and he holds or held the world endurance record for accordion playing: 117 and a half hours!

  • Musette accordionist Jerome Richard
  • Musette accordionist Marielle Roy from Orchamps-Vennes, France, has won many competitions, and has appeared in various TV shows on France 2 and France 3.
  • The St. Petersburg Musette Ensemble from St Petersburg, Russia, consists of Vladimir Ushakov (accordion, piano), Sergei Likhachov (button accordion), Svetlana Stavitskaya (accordion, piano), Vladimir Bogomolov (guitar), Vladimir Kurganov (bass-guitar) and Victor Shafranov (drums). They organizes and participates in variety concerts, New-Year and national French, German, Finnish etc. celebrations, and different international festivals, both in Russia and abroad. Their repertoire consists of popular variety accordion music of Europe and Russia, evergreens, and composition of A. Piazzolla. In 1999 they won the first prize in Castelfidardo.

  • Frech accordionist Fabrice Sicco, now living in Toronto, Canada, plays the music of Paris from the 1920s to the 1950s with his band Swing Valse.
  • Simili Skaï (in French) from Paris, with Vincent Wadier on accordion, are influenced by a lot of styles: rock, blues, musette, folk, film music, etc.
  • Le Soleil de Santa Rosa was a trad French folk band with Jeff Reynolds on concertina and Alan Keith on diatonic accordion

  • The Tamuja Trio (in German) [flash site] from Switzerland/Germany, with Marina Prohaska on accordion, plays tangos, musette and jazz. Another Tamuja Trio (in German) page
  • Parisian neorealist band Les Têtes Raides (in French) [Flash site] with Christian Olivier and Grègoire Simon on accordion
  • Ensemble Tétras-lyre (in French) plays traditional music from Lozère: bourrees, mazurkas, etc.

  • Association/group Les Thiaulins de Lignieres, with in the youth group Yolaine Maricot on chromatic accordion, plays music from Central France.
  • Trio DCA (in French) from France, with Hervé Capel on chromatic accordion, plays music from the Haute Auvergne at dances and concerts.
  • Trivelin (in French) with Michel Pêcheur on diatonic accordion brings traditional music from the Ardenne and Gaume regions

  • Brune Le Tron (in French) plays music from the centre of France and from Bretonny. He has played with Mandragore and with La Compagnie du Beau Temps, and he plays with Tref (in Dutch) / (in French) (which also includes Wim Claeys and Didier Laloy).
  • Musette accordionist Emile Vacher (in French) (1883 - 1969); A short English Emile Vacher biography, with recordings of him playing a Scottish reel and a hornpipe (!)
  • vachinton is a "neo folk group" from Lyon, with Lucile Brisset on diatonic accordion. They play dance music: schottisches, gavottes, mazurkas etc.

  • Folk group La Veillée Limousine (in French) seeks to make known the traditions (amongst which the music) of the Limousin region of France.
  • Gus Viseur (in French) (1915 - 1974) is one of the most famous musette accordionists. A Gus Viseur (in French) biography
  • Reinier Voet and Pigalle44 are a Dutch group who play musette and Django Reinhardt jazz. Ever since their second CD jazz accordionist Gert Wantenaar is a member of the group. They regularly play in the Casablanca Jazzclub in Amsterdam.

  • The Wendigo is an English band who play traditional European dance music, (a lot of it from Central France). Julian Sutton plays the melodeon; he also plays in Kathryn Tickell's band.
  • Orchestre Bruno De Smet, a.k.a. Zinzin (in French) plays musette.

Spanish and Portugese Music

  • www.acordeon.es, (in Spanish) is a general site about the accordion, in Spain and beyond, with some history and concert announcements, reviews, etc.
  • Basque duo Alaitz eta Maider with Maider Zabalegi on trikitixa. That's a review of their CD "Auskalo" on CDRoots; there is also a review of their debut CD in the Rootsworld feature on The Music of Spain and Portugal. An Alaitz eta Maider (in Basque) biography.
  • Ataitz (in Spanish) [Flash site] is a txistu (three holed flute) group with Garbiñe Sertutxa Azcarate on accordion

  • Buber's Basque music page, with information about Laubaru, with Maialen Zuazua on accordion, and about Oskorri
  • Berrogüetto (in Spanish) [flash site] is an innovative folk group from Galicia, with Santiago Cribeiro on accordion and keyboards. The group was founded in 1995 by a number of well-known Galician musicians, who had all played in various other bands before. Rootsworld reviews of their second CD, Viaxe por Urticaria, and their third CD, Hepta -- each with a full track in Real Audio format.
  • La Birolla (in Spanish) with Chabier Crespo on chromatic and diatonic accordions and keyboards

  • Brigada Victor Jara from Coimbra, Portugal, with Rui Curto on accordion (and "concertina", i.e. diatonic accordion). An older page for Brigada Victór Jara (in Portuguese) at attambur.com, and a blog of Brigada Victor Jara (in Portuguese)
  • Anna Sofia Campea (in Portuguese) from Lisbon, Portugal, studied at the Instituto de Música Vitorino Matono from the age of 9; since then she has performed on various TV programmes and in numerous accordion festivals. Also, since 2000 she conducts the Youth Orchestra and since 2003 the Senior Orchestra of the Instituto de Música Vitorino Matono.
  • Companhia das Músicas with Romi Santos on vocals, accordion, and "adufe", is a Portuguese band based in the Newark, New Jersey area. They play traditional Portuguese music, or an interpretation thereof.

  • Danças Ocultas (in Portuguese) from Portugal is a "concertina" quartet (-- but concertina is Portuguese for diatonic accordion!), consisting of Artur Fernandes, Filipe Cal, Filipe Ricardo and Francisco Miguel. All are conservatory educated (but not in diatonic accordion). They play self-composed non-traditional music -- they play folk festivals because of their instruments, classical concerts because of their repertoire, and pop concerts because of their approach. The Danças Ocultas (in Portuguese) Weblog. A live recording of Danças Ocultas in Real Audio/MP3 format, part of Rootsworld's virtual Free Reed Festival. A review of their self-titled Danças Ocultas CD. Another Danças Ocultas page, at their Dutch agent's site. A myspace page for Danças Ocultas (in Portuguese)
  • A Spanish accordion discussion group
  • Basque (books and music) publisher Elkar (in Basque) publishes amongst others trikitixa, CDs and books

  • Euskal Herriko Trikitixa Elkartea, (in Basque) which stands for Basque Trikitixa Organisation, I think. Amongst others, the site mentions an Trikitixa Day in Getxo, April 22, 2001.
  • www.euskalmusika.com (in Basque) / (in Spanish) aims to be a meeting point for the Basque music, with links, concert listings, etc.
  • Fia Na Roca is a contemporary folk group from Galicia with Xosé Ramón Vázquez on accordion and keyboards

  • Portuguese group Ginga (in Portuguese) started in 2001 as a traditional band, but evolved into a folk rock band. It is still centered on the diatonic accordion (called "concertina" in Portuguese), played by Arménio Santa. They play Portuguese songs, some collected locally and some as recorded by ethnomusicologist Michel Giacometti. And they also interpret traditional songs from the Galicia, that fit the diatonic accordion -- but no fado.
  • Basque trikitixa player Iker Goenaga (in Basque) / (in Spanish) plays folk-rooted triki-rock.
  • Basque chromatic button accordion (and bandoneon and keyboards) player Joxan Goikoetxea plays traditional Basque music in Alboka, and some less traditional but still very much Basque music on for instance Quartet or Beti Ttun-Ttun. A myspace page for Joxan Goikoetxea (in Spanish)

  • Gozategi (in Basque) was fronted by Asier Gozategi on a rather colorful trikitixa -- their last record was released in 2000 An interview with Asier Gozategi, (in Basque) and a short Wikipedia article on Gozategi (in Basque)
  • Kepa Junkera [Flash site] is probably the world's best known trikitixa player. His double CD "Bilbao 00:00h" [a Rootsworld review] is a collabaration with a stellar cast: Phil Cunningham, Hedningarna, La Bottine Souriante, Máirtín O'Connor, Paddy Moloney, Oskorri, Carlos Núñez, and many more. An interview with Kepa Junkera in "EuskoNews & Media". (in Spanish) In the same magazine there is an article about The trikitixa and..., (in Basque) / (in Spanish)
  • Sérgio Limiano is a diatonic accordion player from Portugal. He has released a two volume accordion course on DVD.

  • Madredeus [flash site] with Gabriel Gomes on accordion, plays the Portugese saudade. Another Madredeus site
  • Maixa eta Ixiar (in Basque) was a duo consisting of Maixa Lizarribar on trikitixa and vocals and Ixiar Oreja on tambourine and vocals. They were active between 1988 and 1999. Maixa Lizarribar recorded her first solo album, "Sentitzen naiz", in 2002.
  • Marful (in Galician) is a quartet from Galicia with Pedro Pascual on diatonic accordion.

  • Milladoiro, with Antón Seoane on amongst others accordion, is one of the foremost bands from Galicia, since 1978. They play mostly Galician traditional tunes, but also newly composed tunes and music from other Celtic regions. A Ceolas artist profile. A Miladoiro article by Manuel Carro, with a discography and snail mail address.
  • La Musgaña plays exciting arrangements of indigenous Spanish music on traditional and modern instruments. Their current line-up includes Jaime Muña on flute, clarinet, accordion and saxophone.
  • Os Cempés (in Spanish) is a sextet from Galicia, with Oscar Fernández Sanjurjo on accordion and zanfona. Their music is a mixture of traditional Galician music and jazzy rock.

  • Basque group Oskorri (in Basque) / (in Spanish) with Natxo de Felipe on amongst others accordion and trikitixa. Not according to the biography page, perhaps, but see the discography. Besides, ex-member Kepa Junkera guests again on their latest album. A FolkWorld articl about Oskorri
  • Roldana Folk is a Portuguese group around accordionist Helena Soares (formerly? of Vai de Roda), founded in 2000. Their music mixes Celtic, Portuguese, Latin-American music, jazz and folk. They provide some of the music for a TV soap...
  • Tomás San Miguel is a Basque composer, pianist and accordionist, now living in Madrid. His latest CD, "Dan_Txa", is the third part of his project Tomás San Miguel+Txalparta (where he plays with txalaparta players, indeed). His music is a mixture of Basque traditional music and contemporary music.

  • Basque group Tapia eta Leturia has at its core trikitixa player Joseba Tapia and tambourine player Xabier Leturia. A review of a Tapia eta Leturia concert.
  • Tejedor (in Spanish) is family trio from Avilés, Asturias, Spain, with Javier Tejedor on (amongst others) accordion. They play traditional Asturian styles of music. A Wikipedia page for Tejedor
  • Toques do Caramulo a band from Águeda, Portugal, led by Luís Fernandes on accordion and vocals. they play "new traditional music" from the Caramulo Mountain region.

  • The Trikiteens, (in Basque) Josetxo, Oskar and Asier, from the Pamplona region.
  • The trikitixa is the Basque diatonic accordion. A trikitixa page at Rootsworld.
  • Vai de Roda (in Portuguese) is a traditional group from Portugal, founded in 1978, with Helena Soares on accordion

  • La Vallesana (in Catalan) [Flash site] is a group of diatonic accordion players from Catalonia (with some tambourines and guitars). They play traditional and folk music, and also organise workshops and trips.

Italian Music

  • Abies Alba is a group from Trentino (Italy), with Nicola Odorizzi on diatonic accordion, who play traditional music from the region of Trentino and nord Italy.
  • Steva Albini is an accordionist, guitarist and singer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed all over the US and Italy, and performs regularly all over the Northern California wine regions. He as recorded a cd "Italia" with jazzy Italian standards. Steve Albini's myspace page.
  • Angelo Aquilini is an accordionist and teacher from Italy. He has performed in Canada, France, Germany, Austria and Greece, and every year since 2001 he has toured Japan, for concerts and Workshops.

  • Ariondassa, (in Italian) with Vincenzo "Chacho" Marchelli and Rinaldo "Genio" Doro on diatonic accordion (organetto), plays traditional Piedmontese folk music. Rinaldo Doro also plays in du Esprit Follet with oboe player Sonia Cestonaro.
  • Zighi Baci is a Ballo Liscio band from North Beach, San Francisco, with Sheri Mignano Crawford on accordion. She has also published a book of sheet music, "Mandolin Melodies", with over 140 Italian and Latin dance tunes.
  • Barbara e C (in Italian) is a duo with Barbara on vocals and Giorgio Cerioni on piano accordion (a Beltuna). Barbara e C (in Italian) videos on Youtube.

  • Alvaro Barsi lives in Dallas now, but he grew up in Italy, where he fell in love with the accordion.
  • BEV, [flash site] or BonificaEmilianaVeneta, is a band from the nort of Italy with Walter Sigolo on accordion (previously Luciano "Ciano" Giacometti on diatonic accordions). A Rootsworld BEV sound clip and a Folkword article about BEV
  • Bevano Est with Stefano Delvechio on diatonic accordion, play traditional Italian folk as well as their own compositions.

  • Gianluca Bibiani (in Italian) is a composer and arranger of popular Italian folk and entertainment music. The site contains some MIDI files and MP3 clips from his CDs, as well as sheet music (in PDF) -- not only of his own recordings, but also some of Ivano Pescari, Fabrizio Donati and Leonardo Primi.
  • The Bosio Big Band is a 30-strong melodeon band (with some percussion)
  • Organetto player Simone Bottasso from the North of Italy plays traditonal Piemontese dance music in trio Stygiens (in Italian) and "new roots" -- traditional regional music blended with jazz and classical music in Abnoba (in Italian) (flash site). Previously he played experimental folk music in the Suriscot Trio. (in Italian)

  • Silvano Brancalion (in Italian) from Rovigo nel Veneto, Italy, plays Italian and European folk music, and in particular traditional music from Occitana, Emiliana, and Quattro Province (that's the Alessandria, Genoa, Pavia and Piacenza provinces).
  • Quintet for Ethnic Music Calamus from Italy, with Emilio Parente on organetto, is part of an association of the same name that aims to promote the zampogna, (a type of bagpipes). Their repertoire consists of local songs and music and particular plays.
  • Calicanto is a group from Italy, with Roberto Tombesi on diatonic accordion, who play traditional music from the region of Venice.

  • Diatonic accordionist and teacher Giuliano Cameli
  • I Cantanapoli perform in Disney's Epcot Center, it seems.
  • Andrea Capezzuoli (in Italian) is a diatonic accordion player from Italy. He mainly plays traditional Italian music and own compositions with "Din delòn" but also Italian and Quebecois music in a few other formations or solo. He also teaches in Canegrate and at the Corso Popolari Serali di Music, (in Italian) which is connected to the Conservatorio di Musica "Guiseppe Verdi" in Milan.

  • La Ciapa Rusa, (in Italian) was one of the oldest folk bands from Northern Italy, with Beppe Greppi on melodeon -- they gave their farewell concert in 2003. La Ciapa Rusa: Diario di Bordo, a compilation of live performances.
  • Curenta Alternata (in Italian) from Torino, (Northern Italy), with Paolo Delmastro on flute and diatonic accordion and Mauro Ravera on diatonic and piano accordion, plays traditional dance music from Italy, France and Sweden.
  • Lou Dalfin (in Italian) from Italy, with Dino Tron on (diatonic and chromatic) accordions and bagpipe, and Sergio Berardo on organetto, mixes traditional Occitanian music with fast rock music

  • Gabriele Di Pietro (in Italian) is an Italian organetto player and composer. Sheet music for various of his compositions, such as La Polka del trillo, are available in PDF format.
  • Folk Rose from Italy, with Cristiano Lui on accordion and keyboards, plays traditional Italian and Celtic music.
  • The Fortunato Band is a family band from Genova, Italy, in which the mother, Naoko Fortunato (from Japan, originally) plays the accordion (and sons Yoshua and Julyo play accordion as well. Both websites are in Japanese, English and Italian; on Naoko's site there is an article about accordion repair, but in Japanese only.

  • Gai Saber is an Occitan group (formerly Kalenda Maia) with Maurizia Giordanengo on diatonic accordion and Paolo Brizio on diatonic accordion and mandolin (in Italian)
  • Filippo Gambetta was a student of Riccardo Tesi. With his own group Stria he plays his own compositions as well as traditional music and music from people like Frederic Paris. There is another track of Filippo Gambetta at RootsWorld's 2001 Free Reed Festival.
  • Gruppo Emiliano is a quartet from Bolognoa, with Paolo Giacomoni on violin, accordion, and vocals, who play traditional folk music from Emilia.

  • The Hot Frittatas is a trio from Northern California, with Dennis Hadley on accordion. They play the traditional Ballo Liscio style of Italian music, but also French, German, and Russian music, Cajun, etc.
  • Italian Folk bands
  • La Macina (in Italian) is a folk song group around singer and ethnomusicologist Gastone Pietrucci, with Roberto Picchio on accordion.

  • Bruce Zweig plays (or played) piano in Ballo Liscio trio Mattinata di Matteo, with Sheri Mignano on accordion. They used to play at the Cafe Trieste in North Beach, San Francisco.
  • I Musicanti del Picollo Borgo from Rome, with Mauro Bassano on accordion, brings songs and music from the central region of Italy
  • I Nicastrisi is a folk group from Lamezia Terme, Calabria, Italy.

  • www.organetto.it (in Italian) is a site about the organetto, the Italian diatonic accordion. It contains a short history, a "who is who" of Italian organetto players, articles about the construction of the instrument and keyboard layouts. It also has some MIDI files with tablature, as well as a list of music schools and teachers.
  • Lucio Raggiunti is an organetto player from Ontario, Canada. He has played for Canadian radio and TV.
  • Roberto Fresia plays or played diatonic accordion in traditional Occitan groups Roussinhol (in Italian) and A Fil de Ciel (in French)

  • Rua Port'Alba from Naples, Italy, with Giovanni Gallo on piano accordion, plays traditional and folk music from Naples.
  • Traditional organetto (diatonic accordion) player Mario Salvi. (in Italian) He plays solo, in the group Egira, in the organetto trio Ciuma Salvi Trombesi Trio, and in a duo with tamburin player Raffaele Inserra. He has played in Terra Franca, and in CommuniCanti (which also had Viola Buzzi and Fiore Benigni on organetto). He also gives workshops.
  • Ambrogio Sparagna is an Italian diatonic accordion player. In ihs music he explores the South of Italy and the Mediterranean musical tradition, in both traditional and original songs.

  • I Suonatori Delle Quattro Province (in Italian) from northern Italy, with Franco Gugliemetti on accordion, mixes traditional folk instruments with digital samples and keyboards
  • I Superfisa (in Italian) [uses Flash for navigation] is an Italian accordion quartet, consisting of Rossano Mancini, Giacomo Zanna, Luigi Guerra and Anna Dal Bosco. They play folk and classical accordion music.
  • Tenoreon (in Spanish) is a duo from Argentina, consisting of Emilio Bertrand on accordion and tenor Marcello Torreblanca. They do Italian songs, opera and tango.

  • Riccardo Tesi is probably Italy's foremost button box player. He was a member of Ritmia, and is the founder of Banditaliana. He also plays in the duo Riccardo Tesi and Patrick Vaillant A Rootsworld review of Banditaliana. An Italian translation of the Rootsworld page on Riccardo Tesi (in Italian)
  • Trio Ciuma Tombesi Salvi (in Italian) is an organetto trio, consisting of Stefano [Ciuma] Delvechio, Roberto Tombesi, and Mario Salvi.
  • We Three is an Italian-American band (a quartet), with Vito DiSalvo on accordion, piano, synthesizer, and vocals