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

Wishlist - a graveyard of missing links

This page contains items with outdated links (links removed) -- so most of the information is probably stale. Caveat emptor. However, if you happen to know where any of the following have moved to, please let me know!

Music and Musicians by Genre

Classical Music

Classical Accordionists

  • Accordion trio Astria from France, with Jacqueline Frangiamone, Sebastien Ducroux and Philippe Fournier, won the Astor Piazzolla prize in Castelfidardo in 1994. They recorded a CD with music by Bach, Piazzola, Gridin and Rossi.
  • Accordion Quartet Aventurine from Saint Petersburg, Russia, S.V.Chusov, A.M.Mihailova and D.A.Demchenko. Their repertoire includes own arrangements of classical, folk and variety music.
  • Yugoslavian accordionist Vladimir Blagojevic has won a number of competitions, amongst others the Coupe Mondiale (junior), and in Castelfidardo.

  • Philippe Borecek plays in the Duo Polygammes with fellow accordionist Pascal Le Pennec, and in Duo Boyan with tenor Ivan Netchiporko (in French)
  • Lithuanian accordion quintet Cantus plays both classical and modern compositions.
  • Chinese concert acccordionist Xiao-Qing Cao, (in German) now living in Germany.

  • Duo Contrasto, Caspar Burkhardt and Marga Menninga, from the Netherlands, play chamber music in the true sense of the word: they give concerts in people's living rooms (in Dutch)
  • Prof. Nikola Davidov (in Russian) teaches at the Chaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine.
  • Italian concert accordionist Giorgio Dellarole

  • The repertoire of Duo Concertante, (in German) Annegret Cratz and Jörg Mehren, ranges from baroque music to original classical works from this century, tango and musette
  • The twins Juri und Vadim Fjodorov from St. Petersburg, currently studying in Hannover with Elsbeth Moser
  • Aidar Gainullin is a classical accordionist from Moscow, who is currently studying at the Gnessin Academy with prof. Friedrich Lips. He has taken part in and won many competions, amongst others the 2001 Coupe Mondial in London.

  • Russian accordionist Alexander Gataullin, winner of the 50th Coupe Mondiale in September 1997.
  • [Paula Harris] is a concert accordionist from Wellington, New Zealand, currently living in Sydney, Australia, where she studies with Tania Lukic-Marx. She was New Zealand Champion in 1998 and 1999, USA Open Champion in 2000 and Australasian Champion in 2001.
  • Russian Konstantin Ischenko won the 1st prize in the 1998 Coupe Mondiale. He is currently studying with prof. Alexander Dmitriev at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire.

  • Accordions Worldwide webmaster Wayne Knights
  • bayan.wiki.com is the site of Benjamin Lang, a young American who is studying classical music on the accordion. Currently he's studying with Helmi Strahl Harrington; after four years as an undergraduate in America, his plan is to study at the Gnessin Academy in Moscow for a Master's degree. The wiki contains information about bayan repertoire and the Gnessin Academy of Music.
  • Trio Libertrio (in Polish) from Poland, with Jacek Grekow on accordion, plays romantic and contemporary music, and in particular Astor Piazolla compositions.

  • Luigi Lombardi
  • Artem Lysenko (in Ukrainian) teaches at the Chaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine.
  • Piotr Nadolny from Kadzidło, Poland, plays accordion and piano, mostly light classical music, it seems. He won 2nd place in 4th Voivodship Accordion Championships in Ostrołęka.

  • Boban Nikolic from Yugoslavia has won the 2000 Val Tidone competition in Italy and the 2000 Zolotarjev competition in France. Currently he is in the third year of his accordion studies at the Beograd Music Art Faculty with Jojin Vasovic.
  • The Nürnberger Akkordeon Quintett (in German) plays demanding concert music: arrangements of baroque and classical works and origal works from the 20th century, as well as sophisticated entertainment pieces.
  • Johnny La Padula a.k.a. Joe Largo was the first American winner of the Coupe Mondiale, in 1956.

  • Milos Popovic is a classical accordionist from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, now living in Toronto, Canada
  • Ivan Radosavljevic from Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Most of his family seems to play (and teach) the accordion as well.
  • The Trossinger Akkordeon-Ensemble (in German) plays transcriptions of baroque, classical and romantic music, light classical music and tango, as well as avant-garde classical original compositions.

  • The Ural Bayan Duo, Natalia and Nikolay Istchenko, have performed since 1977. Besides, they teach the accordion at the Chelyabinsk Musical College and Chelyabinsk State Institute of Arts.
  • Marco Valenti from Milan, Italy has studied with Luigi Cafassi, Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix. His repertoire includes works by Astier, Beltrami, Galliano, Korsakov, Paganini, and Piazzolla.
  • Dragan Vasiljevic from Kragujevac, Yugoslavia, has won numerous awards, amongst others the 1st prize in the junior category in the 1998 Coupe Mondiale.

Composers

  • Jonathan Mustard 's compositions includes 'Pictures from Eros' (1989) for tape, slide projection, 2 alto saxophones and accordion
  • Wolfgang von Stuermer composed amongst others "Held at Gunpoint" (1994), a gamepiece for sampling keyboard, accordion and HockeyGulf, "Auf der Mauer, auf der Lauer" (orig. title: "Do lovers fry zucchini after sex?") (1990), for accordion, harmonium, cello, electric guitar, electric bass, drums and tape, and "The lonesome cowboy on a long way from home show" (1990) for speaker, two whistlers, accordion, electric bass and drums

General Classical Links

  • searching the Directory of Catalonian classical music for accordion
  • Classical music in Italy (Concorso "RIVIERA DEL CONERO"): a list of accordion competitions
  • Scores for accordion works at the MIC, the Contemporary Music Centre in Slovakia.

Entertainers

  • Casey Admiraal is an accordion player and organist was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and emigrated to Canada in the 1960s, where he settled near Vancouver. Over the years he has played at hundreds of weddings and has played the Pipe Organ in Church services, Weddings and Funerals for many years. In 2002 he recorded some CDs, amongst which one with accordion classics. (some tunes are available on the website in MP3 format).
  • Jean-Pierre Attorre from Montreal, Canada
  • Accordionist Alan Burlon from Caledon, Ontario, has entertained audiences for over 20 years. Recently he recorded a CD "Nostalgia" which combines the accordion with South American style percussion and strings.

  • Professional accordion entertainer Fabrice Coussoux from Montlucon, France
  • Ensemble Delouches (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Gerard Legeland on accordion
  • Tom Fudala from Richmond, Virginia, is a professional solo entertainer-accordionist-singer playing ethnic, popular, standards, jazz, country, big band swing, latin, tex-mex, cajun, rock, etc. for multiple social venues.

  • Theo Kuypers from the Netherlands studied accordion with Miny Dekkers. Nowadays he is mainly involved in street theatre. Besides, he plays chamber music in various ad hoc ensembles.
  • Christel Löblich (in German) from Potsdam, Germany, plays evergreens, musette, tangos, shanties etc.
  • (Italian) Canadian accordionist Pasquale Lorello from Toronto had his own band for 25 years, however, he now performs solo for private parties and wedding receptions. He has recorded 6 CDs, and samples of each track are available.

  • Gene Lovello from the Bay Area is a professional solo artist with Princess Cruise Lines aboard the "Love Boat".
  • Kurt Mårtensson from Malmö, Sweden, plays party music, dance music and light music on MIDI accordion
  • Tanzband Malibu (in German) from Austria with Erwin (Loda) on keyboards and accordion

  • Marvin Matusof, a.k.a Marvlous Marvin is a strolling accordionist and entertainer from Pensacola, Florida.
  • Heather Mixture (Heather Hawthorn) from Nottingham, UK, plays for barn dances and ceilidhs, with music from Scotland, Ireland, England and the U.S.A. She also plays for receptions and in restaurants, providing background music from swing to songs from the shows, or French or Italian music.
  • Orchestre Bernard Stephane (in French) is a professional dance orchestra from France, with Thierry Guitton on accordion

  • Roger St-Onge is a Canadian from New-Brunswick, who spends May to October in Canada and November to April in Florida as a Snowbird.
  • Tom Sullivan from Inver Grove Heights, MN, is a versatile vocalist and accordionist. Amongst others he plays accordion classics, polkas and waltzes, jazz, and traditional Irish/Celtic. He is a member of the Booley band, and president of the Minnesota Accordion Club.

Jazz and Avant Garde

  • A review of "Accordeon 1913--1941"
  • Shamil Agdeev is a jazz accordionist from Russia.
  • Trio Banda Vieja (in German) from Switzerland (temporarily disbanded) has a large repertoire: jazz standards, tangos, oldies, Irish folk, lattin, Rock and roll, etc.

  • Michel Besson from Geneva, Switzerland, mixes tango, rap, musette, waltz, reggae, jazz, blues and funk on his `extended accordeon'
  • Jack Emblow from England started playing the accordion at eleven, and became a professional musician at 15. Since the 1960s he has worked mainly as a session player, amongst others with the Beatles. As a jazz musician he has played all over the British Isles, as well as in Vancouver and Los Angeles.
  • Jazz concertina (i.e. Chemnitzer) player Brian Erickson from Wisconsin

  • Fräulein Hubers Kühle Kombo (in German) from Germany, with Jutta Hatzold on accordion, guitar, vocals and percussion.
  • Jazz in France with concert listings of and information about Marc Berthoumieux, Rüdiger Carl, Danny Federici, Richard Galliano, Sven-Åke Johansson, Phoebe Legère, Jean-Louis Matinier, Antonello Salis, Vadim Samarsky, Geneviève Sorin and Fred Van Hove.
  • (Mostly French and Belgian) Accordionists listed at jazzvalley.com

  • Italian Jazz accordionist Roberto Fuccelli
  • Gianni Gebbia from Palermo, Italy, plays or improvises on saxophones, clarinet, accordion and objects; solo in "Body Limits" and with Miriam Palma and Vittorio Villa in "Terra Arsa" (Dry Earth).
  • "Queen of Jazz Accordion" Alice Hall. She died June 2000.

  • Internazionale is a trio from Leeds, England, with Liam Robinson on diatonic accordion. Their self-penned music is a kind of folk, jazz, and world music fusion. They released their first E.P. in 2001, sound clips of which are available on their website (the E.P. contains only three tracks, but they are 9 minutes each).
  • New Zealand jazz accordionist Grant 'Yogi' Martin
  • The Palmer Jenkins Jazz Trio from New Jersey

  • Casilda Rodriguez
  • Slick (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Peter Pot on diatonic accordion, combines European melodies and harmonies with South American and African rhythms.
  • An interview with Masako Yokouchi from Japan, now living in New York. She plays Ambient experiented improvisation music with her trio

Pop and Rock, Punk

Pop and Rock

    To quote from New Music (July 1995): I think we've shown that there's a lot of thrash and heavy metal that can be pepped up with a little accordion.
  • ABBA in the Stockholm Isstadion
  • AB...T from Karlsruhe, Germany, with "Happy" Hans-Peter Arnold on piano, (Hammond) organ, accordion, and vocals, play their own songs and songs from Irving Berlin, the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, etc.

  • De Akoestelingen (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Kees Riekwel on button box, piano and vocals play pop songs; acoustically, of course
  • And Then some, an acoustic-pop quartet from Burlington with Jeff Hunter on piano and accordion
  • Blue House

  • Collage, from Poland, play progressive rock. Piotr Mintay Witkowski on bass and (sometimes?) accordion
  • The Deighton family covered a Beatles song
  • Elav Legend (in Estonian) from Estonia, with Madis Muul on accordion and keyboards.

  • Emperor's New Clothes, based around the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, with Liz Gordon on vocals, piano accordion, keyboards and percussion, play "kind of Afro-Cuban Calypso Folk Pop Latin Funk Rock"
  • Field Trip with B. C. Sterrett and Carrie Burks, both on accordion, is an accordion rock semi-educational novelty band hailing from Santa Clarita, California.
  • Garuda (in Finnish) with Pauli Johansson on accordion and keyboards

  • The Glass Billies is a folk rock band from Lidingö, Sweden, with Håan Claesson on accordion, acoustic guitar and trumpet
  • William Gurstelle, `King of the Surf Accordion'
  • The House Carpenters is a folk rock band from Southern California

  • James
  • Marc Laniray's (French) rock page, about a number of bands, almost all of which have an accordionist. There are biographies, discographies, sound clips etc., for Les Têtes Raides, La Tordue, Les Hurleurs, Castafiore Bazooka, Casse-Pipe, and Martine City Queen.
  • According to an interview with Cindy Lauper, she was playing a little accordion

  • The Lost T-shirts Of Atlantis from the UK, with Frank Powlesland and Alison Jones on many instruments, including piano accordion, play "Mightily melodic, eminently danceable rootsy neo-raggle-taggle pop-skiffle"
  • Raw Magillys from Marion, New York, with Heidi Magilly on accordion (and other instruments)
  • The Mud Clowns from Atlanta, GA, with Warren Nelson 27 on piano, organ, accordion and shaker, play original melodic folk-rock with lots of jamming

  • The Nourishment from Goleta, California, with Jason Polland on accordion (and theremin, it seems)
  • Nutmeg from Brisbane, Australia, with John Chappell on Electric and acoustic guitar and accordion
  • Stefan Westergård played keyboards, harmonica and accordion in the rock 'n roll band R-OR that existed from 1991-1993

  • The Receptionists was a college band from New York, in which Lara plays an Excelsiola accordion. [disbanded in 1997]. They played indie pop, influenced by Celtic and Slavic music.
  • Ed Roseboom might whip out an accordion the next time he travels down to San Diego for a gig with the Border Patrol.
  • The Charlie Sexton Sextet, with Michael Ramos on accordion

  • Shoulders, with Michael Slattery on amongst others midget accordion (Hero?), and with guest David Max Crawford (from Poi Dog Pondering) on horns and accordion
  • Shriekback from London, Barry Andrews on accordion; the line up includes didgeridoo as well (scroll a bit if your Finnish is as good as mine) 'The music is goove-based feral post-post modern rock'n'roll, Cyber-Folk "post apocalyptic music that you could play after the apocalypse" in the words of one critic.'
  • Soup from Atlanta, with Mike Macon on accordion

  • Dennis DeYoung, lead singer and keyboard player of rock band Styx, plays the accordion (sometimes -- amongst others on live versions of "Boat on the River")
  • Torck from Belgium, with Hans Mortelmans on guitar and accordion. Their songs are in a Flemish dialect
  • 1209 Towanda from Peoria, Illinois, with Bryan Polk on accordion

  • Wiete Dream (in Dutch) from Harlingen, the Netherlands, with Derk van Dieren on vocals and diatonic accordion, interpret music and madness.

Punk

  • Clean & Friendly is a band from Providence, Rhode Island, with Ellen Santaniello on accordion and other instruments, that plays music that can be classified as punk, funk, country, disco, blues, ska, polka, tango, and swing
  • The Dysfunctionellsa from Chicago, with Oliver Steck on accordion
  • Giant Ant Farm from Long Beach, California, with Diane Barkauskas on accordion, play a mix of folk, punk, and klezmer.

  • Rix Groeneboom plays keyboard and accordion in Jeroen en de Lawaaio's. They play songs from the Pixies, the Breeders, U2, etc. He worked accross the street from me (in Groningen, the Netherlands)
  • Red Session from Hawai, with Angel Mowbray on guitar, bass, accordion, and vocals, play a mixture of reggea, swing, punk and ska
  • Schroeder UK from Toronto, with Eileen Thomson on accordion and keyboards. `Like if Devo met The Pixies over an accordian. Eerie, amusement park music about animals', whatever that may mean

  • The Swingin' Utters from San Francisco use an accordion on 2-3 songs per album. Darius Koski is the one that changes his guitar for an accordion then.
  • Terror Of Tiny Town is a punk/jazz/folk/ska band from Vancouver with Geoff Berner on accordian and piano

World Music and Folk

Folk in General

World Music in General
  • When his full time music gig at the German 'Rheinlander' restaurant allows, Joe Szabo still occasionally plays in the Portland world music group Channelight
  • Ethnic Slur from Chicago, with Willy Schwarz on accordion and tablas, is (was?) a band that plays music from around the world
  • Accordionist Fred Abbingh (in Dutch) from Utrecht plays and played all kinds of world music: Balkan in Gospodar, protest songs and Nicaraguan songs in Rapalje, Forró in Fuzué, rebetika in the Yannis Saoulis Ensemble, and cumbia and vallenato in Cumbayé, etc. Currently he conducts female world choire Bianca C. (in Dutch)

  • Rykodisc albums featuring accordions
  • Graceland album notes by Paul Simon
  • Accordion music at Tunes Network

  • Tusitala, a band from Edinburgh playing music drawn from Scottish, Swedish, Balkan, Kenyan etc. traditions
Folk Music in General
  • A Quadrant (in Dutch) is a folk group from the Zeeland and Limburg provinces of the Netherlands, with Ron Janssen on diatonic and chromatic accordions, flute and vocals.
  • The Boneheads from southern Maine with Bob Colwell on accordion plays folkrock.
  • The Come and Get It String Band, with Dan Grette on banjo, guitar and accordian, plays folk and bluegrass

  • Constant Rain from Eugene, Oregon, with Rich Glauber on piano and accordion, plays progressive folk (with a beat)
  • Cosifantutte (in Dutch) is a duo from the Netherlands, with Olivier de Jonge on violin and Theo Kuypers on accordion, who play European folk: klezmer, gypsy music, Irish Jigs, Hot Club de France and French musettes. (it used to be "Accorde Vi", with Greetje de Oude)
  • Benedikte Dohn (in Danish) from Nordborg, Denmark, spends most of her spare time making music on accordion or piano; mostly English and Irish folk music, but also old Danish songs.

  • Greenland Whale Fisheries is a folk-pop band from Umeå in the north of Sweden, with Stefan Nilsson on accordion.
  • Mad Hatter (in Japanese) is a Japanese folk band with probably E. Yoneyama on diatonic accordion.
  • Millefiori from Switzerland, with Rahel von Allmen on accordion, plays folk music from all over Europe: Klezmer, Italian tarantellas, Irish folk, Russian waltzes, musette, tangos, etc.

  • The music of Oil on Canvas is based on folk, opera and pop.
  • The Poachers is a trio from Brisbane, Australia with Cathy Bell on vocals, fiddle and accordion. They play a blend of traditional Celtic, British and Australian music, and original music.
  • Liam Robinson and Thomas Fairbairn is an English duo (melodeon and fiddle respectively) whose repertoire includes traditional material from Europe and North America, as well as swing jazz and many self penned pieces.

  • Scarp from the UK, with Luke Daniels on accordion (and Patrick Bouffard on hurdy-gurdy) is a folk/jazz band
  • Workhouse from Ipswich, with Ade Brown on melodeons, is a "new wave" ceilidh group

Latin American Music

Merengue
  • Asa Branca: Accordion Forro From Brazil is a forro anthology.
  • El Farolito (300K .wav), a bit of merenge típico by Juan Luis Guerra with Francisco Ulloa on button accordion
  • A Guide to Latin Music

  • Merengue and Bachata from the Dominican Republic, with a history of Merengue, a list of Internet radio stations, and biographies.
  • An article on the merengue at Arte Latina (in Spanish)
  • Sol y Canto from Massachusetts, with Urugayan Eduardo Tancredi on accordion, is a Latin American crossover band, playing salas, merengue, etc.
Pindín
  • Samuel Robles is a Panamanian composer, percussionist and accordionist. He has a page about the accordion in Pindín, Panamanian folk music.
  • Marino Jaén's tipicopanama.com (in Spanish) is a portal for Música Típica from Panama, with extensive information on all the main accordion players from Panama, including Samy y Sandra Sandoval, Ulpiano Vergara, and El Plumas Negras.
  • Ulpiano Vergara (in Spanish) from Panama plays Pindín, the Panamanian dancing music
Vallenato and Cumbia
  • Le Cantan a Chriguaná (in Spanish) is a Vallenato band from Chiriguaná, Colombia founded by Honorio Martínez Cuello and with Álvaro Arraut on accordion. On the above site, all songs of their two albums are downloadable for free in RealAudio format; .mp3s (or the Cs) are for sale.
  • Colombiaanse troubadours, (in Dutch) an article by Stephan Claassen about Vallenato music.
  • Los Diablitos Vallenatos (in Spanish)

  • Vallenato accordionist Máximo Jimenez from Colombia now lives in Austria. He tours all over Europe. In the UK he tours with London band Los Chicos del Vallenato.
  • Colombian accordionist Gustavo Nieto is the musical director of Sensación Vallenata, a group based in the Washington DC area.
  • Romanceros (in Spanish) is a monthly Vallenato magazine

  • Los Tremendos del Vallenato (in Spanish) from Cali, Colombia, with Miguel Bolaño on accordion.
  • A feature on Vallenato at the ARChive of Contemporary Music
  • www.vallenato.com, on - guess what - vallenato music;

  • Victorio Vergara y Los Plumas Negras (in Spanish) from Panama played popular cumbia and rumba songs -- al Tigre de La Candelaria passed away in 1998. The band continues, though.
Forró
  • Casa do Forró (in Portuguese) is a Forró venue in Juiz de Fora, MG (Minas Gerais).
  • Forró Rio (in Portuguese) seems to be a big site about Forró, with discussion forums, online radio and mp3s, etc (but I am not quite sure: for me the connection is slow, and I don't speak Portuguese).
  • Forró band Saísse e os Bois (in Portuguese)
Tango
  • Tango quartet Alma, Corazon y Vida (in German) from Berlin, with Andreas Hueck on bandoneon
  • argentijnse-tango.pagina.nl (in Dutch) has links to (mostly Dutch) tango-related sites
  • A well-mirrored site about Argentina (in Spanish) with tango lyrics (in which the bandoneon also features heavily)

  • Argentiníssimo (in Portuguese) is a tango group (with dancers) from Portugal, with Pedro Santos on accordion.
  • Christian Bakanic (in German) plays accordion in quartet Mala Junta from Graz, Austria
  • Ernesto's Tango Page

  • Once I waited for someone is The story of the Finnish tango. It has been expanded with photos and sound clips.
  • Forever Tango is, a very succesful dance spectacular, that has been going for 10 years. Currently it has musical director Victor Lavallen, Santos Maggi, Jorge Trivisonno and Carlos Niesi on bandoneon. (In an earlier edition the bandoneon players were musical director Lisandro Adrover, Hector del Curto, Jorge Trivisono and Miguel Varvello).
  • Guerrilla Parlour Ensemble is an ecclectic acoustic ensemble based in Urbana IL, with with David Hodges on bandoneon and mandolin. Their current repetoire spans amongst others tango, bossa nova, jazz, waltz, ska, swanky french lounge pop, and what could be described as circus music.

  • Hot Tango is a web site with tango related links and adresses from all over the world, including addresses of numerous bands and musicians.
  • La Cueva de Krak (in Spanish) with tangos in RealAudio and MIDI format
  • Música Argentina, from Buenos Aires, led by Agustín Raffo, sells tango sheet music for amongst others accordion and bandoneon. They can also provide custom arrangements, for amongst others accordion, bandoneon or orquesta tipica; the arrangers are Juan "Pollo" Raffo and Julian Hasse (for bandoneon). They also sell bandoneons.

  • ZIK (Publishing Group) sells Astor Piazzolla sheet music for piano and for guitar and violin.
  • Quinteto Tango from Graz, with Josef Fürpass on bandoneon
  • Quintetto accento from Austria, with Helmut Muchwitsch on accordion, focus on the music of Astor Piazzolla. They were winners of the 1995 International Astor Piazzolla Competition in Castelfidardo.

  • Tango Rhythm Orchestra from Port Townsend, Washington, with Bertram Levy on concertina and bandoneon
  • Tango to Tango from South Florida consists of Argentinians Osvaldo Barrios on bandoneon and Ruben Stefano on piano
  • This Is The Tango, a three part radio documentary about the tango, as broadcast by CBC Radio, in RealAudio format (3 x 54 minutes).

  • Gustav Toker (bandoneon) has gotten the composition comission (in Dutch) for the Music Meeting (Nijmegen, November 3-5 1995)
  • Top 100 of Tango recordings
  • Greg's & Blaise's Bandoneon and Tango pages with links, a list of bandoneon players, and a mailing list.
Conjunto
  • accordionguide.com publishes guides with scales and chords for three-row button accordions, available in the most popular keys for playing Conjunto / Tejano music: GCF, FBbEb or EAD. Also available on CD-ROM (in PDF format)
  • BorderFest is the management company for Flaco Jimenez, The Texas Tornados, and accordionist and vox organ player Augie Meyers (who also plays in the Texas Tornados), with CDs and T-shirts for sale and tour schedules. (If www.borderfest.com fails with a "cannot determine IP number" error, try this link: Borderfest )
  • Connexion with Isaac Jay Valaverde on accordion

  • La Diferenzia from La Pryor, Texas, with Simon Arausa on accordion
  • Accordion Assassins by Mike Gauna, Dave Burke and Felix Muñoz is an educational site about Norteño and Conjunto (three-row) accordion
  • Los Jalapenos from Rocky Ford, Colorado, is a progressive Tejano (family?) band with Mikey "Guerito" Gauna on button accordion. He is inspired by Joel Guzman, who actually produces the band. In May 2003 they will release their debut album.

  • Singer, accordioninst and keyboard player Michael Marquez from Las Vegas, New Mexico, was the winner of New Mexico Hispano Music Association's "Conjunto song of the year", and of New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association's "songwriter of the year". With his band he plays Tejano, Conjunto, and Pop-cumbia.
  • Tejano Info has information on events around central Texas, as well as links to Tejano artists.
  • Tejano Village with reviews, sound clips, etc.

North American Music

Canadian Music
  • The Fogo Island Accordion Group is, or probably was, a group of five teenage girls on Fogo Island, off the coast of Newfoundland, that are preserving traditional culture with their accordion playing. A Fogo Island Accordion Girls radio interview seems to have gone off-line.
  • Felix & Formanger that's Bernard Felix on diatonic accordion and Norman Formanger on bass, play traditional music from Newfoundland.
  • Matapat is a trio from Quebec, with Benoit Bourqe on diatonic accordion (and step dancing).

  • Sweet Absalone, with Jim Payne on vocals, accordion, etc., and Fergus O'Byrne on vocals, concertina, etc., plays Newfoundland traditional music
Cajun and Zydeco
  • Allez-Gator from Australia is a Cajun and Zydeco group with Baz (Barry Cooper) on accordion. He is well known on the squeezebox mailing list / news group (and there are photos, so know I finally know what he looks like!)
  • Bayou Cadillacs is a duo from Honolulu, Hawaii, consisting of Jean-Pierre Muntal on vocals, accordion and keyboards and Dave Brewton on vocals and guitar. They play "tropicajun" -- cajun and zydeco and New Orleans R&B mixed with reggae and ska.
  • Bayou Pom Pom is a guided tour the mythical Bayou Pom Pom, its Mayor, Hon'roble Telesphore Boudreaux -- with a dubious explanation of the origin of the accordion

  • The Encyclopedia of Cajun Culture by Kara Tobin Bernard and Shane K. Bernard
  • Billy Coteau is a Cajun/Creole band from Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • The Bon Tee Cajun Band from Colorado, led by accordionist Jeff Sagerman

  • On-line magazine The Cajun Life and Times is edited by Laraine Bridges, from Berkshire, UK. It containts amongst others gig guides for UK/Europe and the USA.
  • The Cajun Punk Daddys from California, formerly known as the Squids
  • The online Cajun Times, a magazine about Cajun music and dance in the UK

  • Check Out The Zydeco from the Netherlands is a zydeco party band, with Peter Mul on piano accordion.
  • Les Chouchoux (in Dutch) is a band from the Zeeland province of the Netherlands, with Niek van Raaij on diatonic accordion. They play a mix of Irish, French and Spanish folk songs, and Cajun and Zydeco.
  • Colorado Cajun Dance Band with Steve Hargroder on accordion

  • Chris Cracknell, a.k.a. Crackers The Accordionist from Hell, from the Hamilton area, particularily enjoys playing Cajun and zydeco music
  • A Dirty Linen article about historical recordings of cajun music
  • Flaky Jake and the Steamin' Locos from the UK play a heady brew of cajun/zydeco with conjunto added.

  • The Flatville Aces is a traditional style cajun band from the UK, with Gavin Lewry on accordion
  • Gumbo Limbo is a cajun band from Florida, with Mike Stapleton on accordion and fiddle
  • Garry Kaluzny from Ann Arbor, Michigan, plays Cajun one-row accordion in Cajun and Zydeco band Maison Bleue. His site has some Cajun and Zydeco tunes with tablature in PDF format (with the regular dots and chords as well)

  • A review of the documentary The Kingdom of Zydeco
  • L. A. Gumbo is dedicated to Cajun and Creole culture in and around the City of the Angels
  • Lil' Bob & the Lollipops, "the kings of Bayou soul".

  • LouisianaRadio.com broadcasts Lousiana's music 24 hours a day, seven days a week (in realaudio). The accompagnying Louisiana Music Online is a comprehensive list of links to Lousiana music websites
  • Miss Freida & The Cajun Fusiliers from Northern California with Freida Marie Fusilier on one-row specializes in Mardi Gras dances.
  • The New Orleans and Cajun Country Newsletter

  • Nuit Blanche
  • Ono Gumbo is a zydeco and blues band from Kona, Hawaii, with Heloise Lochman on accordion.
  • The Dancehall where mama met papa is the music section of Glen Pitre's anecdotal Louisiana catalog

  • John Rice's Cajun/Zydeco music & dance pages (!)
  • New Orleans / Cajun artists on the Shanachie label include Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Lil' Band O' Gold (an all-star band with Steve Riley, Warren Storm, C.C. Adcock and others).
  • Steve Simpson's page of UK Cajun and Zydeco resources with bands, festivals, etc.

  • Squeezebox from Ohio, with Rick Ipach on piano accordion and diatonic 3-row, plays Cajun, Zydeco, and Tex-Mex music, or, as they put it "Zyde-Texa-Cajun Rock".
  • Swamp Angels is a Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Country Music band from San Antonio, TX, with Sherye Foster on piano accordion and "Wild Bill" Rodenthal on Cajun 1-row accordion
  • Willem van Voorst (who is a student of Wim Nagtegaal) has started a cajun accordion course (in Dutch)

  • We're Late and Smell Like Beer is a Zydeco band from Northwest Illinois, with Kent Henderson on accordion, trombone and vocals.
  • The Zydeco Hounds, with Chris Belleau on (amongst others) accordion, plays Louisiana swamp music, la la, zydeco and cajun rock and roll, with a touch of New Orleans rhythm and blues.
  • The Zydeco Rockers from San Diego, with John Chambers on accordion, keyboards, guitar and vocals

  • The Zydeco Zombies with Ken Karpowicz on accordion are no more
  • Gary Dauphin's zyde.com (that's not the URL!), "The Internet Magazine for Louisiana Music"
  • Zydeholics Anonymous is dedicated to the Cajun/Zydeco music scene, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area .

  • Zydekids, an OffBeat editorial on young zydeco players
Country
  • Black Hills Country Band from Belgium, Ben Ieven on accordion
  • Specs Hildebrand and the Living Room Band from Volendam, the Netherlands, with Hubert Knuvelder on accordion
  • Korkeasaaren Lautta from Finland, (formerly) with Johanna Logren on accordion

  • Prospect Hill from Cincinnati, with Chuck Wiggins on accordion, is a bluegrass, blues and roots rock band.
  • Sagebrush Swing is a "western Swing orchestra of two" from the San Fransisco Bay Area, with Barbara Ann Barnett on accordion and vocals, and Audrey McLaughlin on guitar and vocals.
  • Sidekick from the Netherlands with Leo de Kruis on leadvocals/guitars/accordion/piano/harmonica

  • Texas Jim Lewis & his "Lone" Star Cowboys had at various times Bill Ulivitch, Frank Buckley and Dick Heil on accordion
  • The Wagon Trail Country Band (in Dutch) from Zeeland, Noord Brabant, with Ricardo v.d. Burgt on keyboards and accordion
Contradance
  • Salmonberry with Derek Booth on English concertina and melodeon and Phil Katz on melodeons
  • Scotsbroome Country Dance Band from Seattle, with Phil Katz on melodeons
  • Bob Stein from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, plays accordion in A Band named Bob (and various ad hoc bands, it seems)

Asian Music

  • Aradhana is an Indian music group from Pittsburgh
Japan
  • The accordion in Japan (in Japanese) (There seems to be an i-mode variant of this site!)
  • In a list of music organisations: the All Japan Accordion League
  • D.R.Swing is a band from Japan, with Misuzu (in Japanese) on accordion. They play Gypsy Swing and Musette. The "information" page contains some tunes in MP3 format.

  • gokuraku (?) (in Japanese) site mentions a musette jazz quintet (but apart from that, I can't read it).
  • The accordion page of Izuru Shinmyo
  • The Tokyo Accordion Mates (in Japanese)

African Music

  • In the Egyptian music style balady, (in Swedish) that might or might not be the music that is used for accompagnying belly dancing, (in Swedish) the accordion is one of the most common solo instruments.
  • An article about Music of Cape Verde, (in Portuguese) with a side bar on Julinho da Concertina.
  • Kala Mustapha plays keyboards, including accordion in the band of rai singer Khaled (in Dutch)

  • The concertina in South Africa and traditional South African Boer music
  • Sounds of Sudan by Abdel Gadir Salim, Abdel Aziz El Mubarak and Mohammed Gubara, playing oud, accordion and tabla
  • Tau Ea Matsekha (the Lion From Matsekha) from Lesotho, South Africa, with Forere Motloheloa on accordion (Forere Motloheloa plays on an co-wrote the 'Boy in a Bubble' track on Paul Simon's Graceland album)

Europe

Middle Europe
Austrian Music
  • The Alpen Echos from West Chester, Ohio, with Rick Ipach on piano accordion, trumpet, Steierische and bass, and Nick Gulacsy on percussion and accordion, play German and Austrian folk music. The Steyrische is a MIDIfied Zupan.
  • Duo Dreiländerblitz (in German) from Kerkrade, the Netherlands, consists of Rene Slapak (who also plays or played in Grenzlandexpress) on Steyrische accordion and Jan Kathagen, a.k.a. Peter Wagner, on guitar. They play Tyrolian music.
  • Landstreich with Krzystof Dobrek on accordion, mixed Steyrian folk and cabaret; they disbanded in 2005.

  • Queensland Accordian and Traditional Music Page, about the (Austrian German style) three row diatonic button accordion in Queensland
  • St. Martiner Tanzlmusi is a group from St. Martin am Tennengebirge in Austria, who mainly play traditional dance music from the Pongau area, at intimate parties. Gerhard Grübl, Günter Kronberger and Herbert Klieber play accordion.
  • Die Zwanzger is a typical Styrian amateur folk band from Stiwoll in Western Styria
Polkas
  • The A.K.A. band from Pulaski, WI, with Steve Rodgers on amongst others accordion, and Tom Rodgers on amongst others concertina, play polkas, waltzes, rock, slow dances, etc.
  • Ansambel Grega Avsenika (in Slovenian) (or Ensamble Grega Avsenik (in German) ) from Slovenia, with Tomaz Cilensek on accordion. Grega is the youngest son of Slavko Avsenik
  • The Bobby Jones Czech Band is a polka band from Wharton, Texas, with Bobby Jones on vocals, accordion, button accordion and keyboard, and Joe Zetka on amongst others button accordion

  • "16-year-old virtuoso" Brent Buswell from Ludlow, Vermont
  • IAMG Music has published Button Box Melodies, three CDs (or cassettes) of Slovenian Polkas on the Button Box, played by Richie Yurkovich, Mike McIntyre, and Jeff Walker.
  • The Edziu Slurr Orchestra Edziu Slurr on piano and accordion, and Joe Kosloskus on accordion

  • The Gordanairs from British Colombia, Canada, with Gordy Groening on accordion, play European music, including polkas, waltzes and tangos, as well as swing, latin and pop tunes.
  • The John Jeski band from East Hartord, CT, with John Jeski on accordion, vocals & trumpet.
  • Karl and the Country Dutchmen play in the Midwest polka style known as "Dutchman" music. Karl Hartwich plays concertina (Chemnitzer). Update (from Karl's sister): they don't have a web page at the moment, but they are still going.

  • The Melville Rhythmairs from Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada, with Al Sawchin on accordion. Their motto is "To Waltz is heavenly and To Polka is Divine".
  • Oberkrainer orchestra Orig. Grenzland 7 (in French) from the French Elsass, with Claudy (Claude Hetzlen) and Patrick on accordion.
  • Polka Madnes is an Internet polka show in Real-Audio format, compiled by 15 year old DJ Nick Koryluk from Long Island, New York. The show is updated every two weeks.

  • Chris Szymczak runs the PolkaNet. (!)
  • Dean Myran's Snowplow Music provides sheet music for mostly polkas and waltzes. It also has listings of clubs, bands, festivals, calendar and many polka links.
  • The Slovenian TV contest Polka in Valcek '96 featured 12 polka bands, all with accordions. Winner was Stajerskih Sedem, with Robert Smolnikar on accordion

  • Allen Zagel's (polka) MIDI files
German Music
    Schuhplattler Verein Alpenklang from Troy, NY is acompagnied by two accordionists
  • Die Bergemer (in German) from the Black Forest
  • Captain Super Thriller Recommends: FSK, with Justin Hoffman on accordion. They play Bavarian music with country influences, and sharp sociopolitical wits

  • Scot Maurice Horsburgh, living in New Zealand, plays mainly German, Austrian, Slovenijan and Oberkrainer music (on a ZUPAN MIDI accordion).
  • OzBox is an Australian / Queensland-German button accordion website, by Mark Schuster and Maria Zann. Both play the accordion (Maria mainly plays fiddle, though). The site features amongst others biographies of players, some recordings, and information about some (Australian) accordion repairers, and an explanation about styles: apparently, the Southern Australian Style is Anglo-Celtic derived (one-row), and the Queensland Cross-Row Style is European derived: more German etc. immigrants settled in Queensland, it seems. They also have some CDs for sale: some of their own recordings, some historical.
  • Werner Zotter, `the cowboy from Vienna', now living in Austin, Texas, plays polkas, waltzes, tangos, ballads, yodels, etc.
Swiss Music
  • Schatzie Music sells Swiss folklore recordings (in the US), amongst others of Schwyzerorgeli and accordion duos
  • Schwyzerörgeli Quartett Urmiberg (in German) from Brunnen, Switzerland, is a quartet consisting of 3 schwyzerörgeli players and a double bass player.
Northwestern Europe
Dutch and Belgian Music
  • Luc Dördregter from the Netherlands plays accordion and guitar in quartet SLöR, which plays traditional music from the Low Countries, and in duo La Motte, which plays French and Flemish trad.
  • Dance group 't Duivelspaard from Alkmaar is accompanied by amongst others a melodeon
  • Grond (in Dutch) from Breda, with Karin Vissers on accordion, keyboards and vocals, plays contemporary Dutch traditional world music

  • Jo van Heeswijk (in Dutch) from the Dutch province of Brabant plays accordion since before 1940.
  • Antoon Reijnen Accordeons (in Dutch) from Wijchen, Gelderland, had forty years of experience in tuning and repairing accordions -- he died February 2007. He also sold accordions, performed and taught.
  • According to Radio Duinrand FM, one of the important institutions in the Dutch village Schoorl, is 'De eerste Schoorlse accordion sociteit' (The first accordion society of Schoorl).
English Music
  • "Community entertainer" Pete Chadbund from Tingewick, Buckinghamshire, England, plays melodeon and guitar for barn dances, community entertainment, education and school workshops, etc.
  • Half Cut, with Bruce Peckett on accordion, guitar and vocals, brings contemporary folk music & fun from the canals and waterways of England.
  • barn dance bands around Ryburn Valley: Cock of the North with John Wilson on piano accordion and Jolly Straw Hat with Andy Day on English concertina

  • Spire is an acoustic band from Oxfordshire, UK, with Steve Griffiths on accordion and harp that plays mainly British traditional folk songs and a few self-penned ones.
  • WAZ! was the trio of Dave Whetstone, Maartin Allcock and Pete Zorn, but melodeon and anglo player Dave Whetstone has left the band (with Steve Tilston taking his place). There's still information about Dave Whetstone's solo album, "The Resolution", that spawned WAZ!
  • Folk (-rock) band The Whisky Priests from the North East of England, with Glenn Miller on piano accordion and vocals
English Ceilidh and Barn Dance Bands
  • The Larkrise Ranters from Oxfordshire, UK, with Steve Griffiths on accordion, is a ceilidh band playing mainly British traditional folk dance music with a few original tunes and the odd exotic tune.
  • The Little Band is British ceilidh band, based in Lincolnshire, with Liam Robinson on melodeon
  • Heather Mixture (Heather Hawthorn) from Nottingham, UK, plays for barn dances and ceilidhs, with music from Scotland, Ireland, England and the U.S.A. She also plays for receptions and in restaurants, providing background music from swing to songs from the shows, or French or Italian music.
Morris
  • A serious history of Morris dancing
  • Marc Lamb plays a Serenellini D/G Melodeon with the Foggy Bottom Morris Men, and a Lachenal 'Edeophone' McCann Duet Concertina. He has a fingering chart for the McCann and the Crane concertinas.
Scandinavian
  • Martin Kullberg's Dragspelskällaren (in Swedish) lists almost twohundred accordion clubs and has profiles of some 50 accordionists. (!) (that page used to have information about Västergötlands Dragspelsförbund as well; that organisation yearly organises Dragspelsstämman in Gräfsnäs, and twice a year it publishes "Bälgabladet".)
  • Who is Who in Danish folk music (!) with links, email addresses, and phone numbers.
  • The Finnish Accordion Association and Institute (in Finnish)

  • Once I waited for someone is The story of the Finnish tango. It has been expanded with photos and sound clips.
  • FinPro sells Finnish music cassettes and CDs, amongst others one by Viola Turpeinen
  • Therése and Peter Forsell (in Swedish) have recorded a CD with music by Frosini, Sundquist, Hylén and themselves.

  • Fossekallen is a Norwegian folk band, with Anita Brustad, Jan Ekeland, Ragnar Johnsen and Stefan Östgaard all on accordion (diatonic, piano accordion or 5 row chromatic). Idun Elisabeth Stenbakken is the only member who does not play any accordion (she plays fiddle instead).
  • Their [Snaustrinda spelemanslag's] veterans continue in Gammel-Snaustrinda.
  • Accordionists in Halland, Sweden, (in Swedish) with bios (and pictures, most of the time) of over 200 accordionists, and details of seven accordion clubs.

  • JMK Accordion Specials, owned by John Kristoffersen, Greenwich, Connecticut, sells Scandinavian accordion CDs, in various genres: entertainment, gammeldans, (modern) classical, accordion orchestra, etc.
  • Stefán [Jónsson] frá Möðrudal from Iceland was a painter and an accordion player
  • Ingvar Jutterström (in Swedish) from Valbo in Sweden

  • On his music page, Matti Larborn has recorded amongst others a tango, a foxtrot and various other Finnish tunes
  • Kenneth Olsson's Bälgaspel site, with information on and sound clips of many famous Scandinavian gammaldans accordionists
  • Sune Olsson from Luleå, Sweden

  • Østerdølenes Spellmannslag (in Norwegian) has 20 fiddles, a bass and two accordions.
  • Snaustrinda spelemanslag (in Norwegian) is a student spellemanslag (folk orchestra) from Trondhjem, Norway.
  • Taikatuu (in Finnish) with Päivi Huotari on accordion
Celtic Music
General Celtic
  • Archie and Farquhar is a duo from the Isle of Sky, consisting of Archie MacFarlane on accordion and Farquhar MacDonald on fiddle. In 2000 they released their first album, "She's Good on the Croft".
  • Big Jim and the Weedkillers with Jim Best on accordion play beery punky celtic electro-folk
  • The Calor Gas Ceilidh Band from the Isle of Man, with John Kaneen on button accordion

  • Cavan is an acoustic quartet from Kansas City, with Brett Gibson on accordion. They play music from or inspired by music from, with a little spice from the Middle East added.
  • Celtic Thunder from Washington, DC, with Terry Winch on button accordion
  • Celtic Ways is a "Celtic & Folk Music Jukebox", linking to 1000s of tracks.

  • Crannog is a celtic band from Wellington, New Zealand, with Duncan Davidson on (2-row) accordion, flute and bouzouki
  • Dun Creagan, with Carrick Eggleston on accordion, fiddle and vocals
  • The Harpomaniacs are Nancy Lyon and Joanne St-Laurent from Montréal, Quebec. Both play the harp (of course), but Nancy also plays button box and tin whistle.

  • Le Gop! with Eric Raillard on bass, hurdy-gurdy and accordion plays Gallic dance tunes and Celtic rhythms
  • Phynnodderee from Isle of Man, with Leila Baker on piano accordion, play a broad spectrum of traditional music, heavily seasoned with Manx tunes
  • The Pub Scouts from Chico, California with Michael Cannon on button accordion

  • Spiraldanse from Michigan occasionally features accordion and concertina
  • Stone Edge is a celtic/new age band, with Jerome Guegen (Lach'ilaouet) on keyboards, accordian and vocals
  • Tafod y Tafwys 1 is a Newsletter in Welsh (which I can't read), mentioning the accordion

  • Tarras is a young band from Alston in the North of England
  • The Ugly Customers is a duo from Oslo playing Irish, English and Scottish music, with Richard Burgess playing amongst other English concertina
Irish Music
  • An Rince` from the USA, with Tom Rabbitt on accordion and Rev. Jim McDermott on amongst others various squeezeboxes, plays traditional Irish music
  • The Booley Band from St Paul, Minnesota, with Tom Sullivan on accordion and percussion plays traditional Irish & Celtic Music
  • The Boxer's (in Italian) is an Italian band playing Irish music, with Massimo Greco on banjo and concertina and Marcello Scotto on bodhran and concertina

  • (Maureen and) Brendan Browne, several times all Ireland champions
  • A discussion on the Irish Box: to B/C or to C#/D?
  • Carraigh Dun from Italy, with Alessandro Magistrelli on piano accordion, plays traditional Irish music.

  • Cellar Folk (in German) is a duo from Wiesbaden with Michael Weber on vocals, accordion, bodhrán and cajon, play Irish music as well as traditional songs, with elements of rock, blues and world music
  • Celtic Clan from Darmstadt, Germany, with Norbert Buick on melodeon, plays Scottish, Irish, and English folk.
  • Claddagh Ring from the Midwest, with Lisa Hager on pennywhistle, flute, hammered dulcimer and accordion.

  • Joe Derrane
  • Karen Devane, twenty-one years old, is a multi-instrumentalist playing traditional Irish music to a very high standard on seventeen instruments, including button accordion and piano accordion
  • Folking Accordion is a traditional irish duet from County Cavan, with Martin Donohoe on button accordion and Martin Tully on guitar.

  • Fourin A Feire from New England, with Carol Barney on concertina, play traditional Irish music
  • Irish folk music, (in Italian) with short bios of amongst others Altan, Boys of the Lough and Sharon Shannon
  • The Irish Weavers are a comedy folk group from Cork, with Liam Harris on piano accordion and tin whistle, and Dan Kennedy on amongst others button accordion.

  • Killorglin is a traditional Irish band from the UK, with Richie Lewis on piano accordion
  • Last Night's Fun from Anchorage, Alaska, with Dan Possumato on button accordion and melodeon, plays plays Irish Folk and traditional music, with occasional trips into other traditions.
  • Martin O'Connor was at the Montreux Festial

  • Poteen from Vermont, with Padraic Smith on accordion
  • Riverflow (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Tim van den Hombergh on whistles and accordion and Ruud Spee on banjo and accordion, plays Irish folkrock, ska, and punk
  • For those who want to play and for those who just want to listen, a list of Irish sessions around the world

  • Shannon was a traditional Irish folk band from the Netherlands, with Martine Bloem on C#/D button accordion. They broke up in 1991.
  • Shantalla is a traditional Irish band (with a Scottish singer) based in Belgium, with Gerry Murray on accordeon, bouzouki and whistles.
  • Shillelagh from Victoria, BC, with Jasper Degroot on accordion, plays music rooted in the Irish drinking song tradition.

  • Uisce Beatha (in Dutch) from Loppem, Belgium, with Dirk Fraeyman on accordion, bouzouki, and whistle.
  • The Whisky Priests, with Glen Miller on accordion
  • Wilding, a young, Chicago-based, Irish-Rock band
Scottish Music
  • David Bowen is an accordion tutor and performer from Inverness, Scotland. He has played with many dance bands over the last 30 years or so, on a 1927/1928 Hohner Morino 4 with free bass.
  • The Cutting Edge, a Scottish folk group with George Carmichael on accordion
  • The Gordon Gunn Band is a trio with Billy Peace (from Orkney) on keyboards, accordion and percussion. They play amongst others Scottish traditional and folk, Cape Breton, French Canadian, and American music.

  • Castle Dean Records is the record label of accordionist and guitarist Ronnie Hunter. It features Scottish music, both solo albums and albums of his band, Cutty Sark. They also sell two piano accordion tutor books, the first lesson of which is available online.
  • The Scottish Folk Directory, with listings of events, performers, publishers, instrument makers (Holmwood Concertinas!) etc.
  • Scottish Traditional Music Project has published two accordion tuition videos, both with Sandy Brechin: "Scottish Accordion for Beginners" and "Learn Scottish Accordion" for intermediate players. (and he is a good tutor -- I've had the pleasure of attending a workshop he gave at a Folkworks weekend in Darlington)
Ceilidh Bands
  • The Ceilidh Band of The Milwaukee Scottish features Scottish smallpipes with melodeon and bodhran accompaniment.
  • Henchard's Journeymen is a ceilidh band from Dorset, UK
  • Ian Holmes started his Scottish Dance Band in 1962. Apart from CDs and cassettes, he also has a book of original compositions for sale
Eastern Europe
East European
  • Acquaragia Drom (in Italian) from Italy, with Rita Tummina on 12 bass accordion, plays gypsy music, from anywhere between the Appenines and the Ural
  • The Balkan, Greek and West Asian MP3 library contains over 100 complete recordings in MP3 format, free.
  • Quartet of Russian folk instruments Caprice from Karelia, with Olga Vetoshkina bayan, do not limit themselves to Russian folk music: they play music from all over the world, amongst other Greek, Spanish and Latino.

  • balcanto.net, "the Eastern groove bazaar" is a Prague based all-balkan music info network and shopping site.
  • Russian instrument ensemble EMMA from Togliatti, Samara Region, Russia, play Russian folk songs, Russia and foreign classics, variations of folk melodies and also original arrangements and compositions; They won a first prize at the 1999 Klingenthal competition. Their bayan player, Vasily Kormishin, is a graduate of the Gnessin Academy in Moscow, where he studied with prof. Semionov. All other members are conservatory graduates as well, and all are teachers of the Togliatti Musical College and the Children's Music School No.1 named after M.A.Balakirev.
  • Frula is a Serbian folk band from Belgrado, now living in New York City, with Milan Majstorovic on accordion

  • The Jannis Saoulis Ensemble, with Fred Abbingh on accordion, plays rembetica.
  • Russian folk music ensemble Kizhi (in Russian) from Karelia (with some RealVideo clips).
  • Lautarii din Clejani is the band name for Taraf de Haidouks accordionist Ionita's solo effort

  • Lioutenitsa (in French) from Brussels, Belgium, with Anne Niepold on diatonic accordion, plays Bulgarian music.
  • Malo Selo from Madison, with Michael Kuharsky on accordion, doumbek, def and tupan, and Doug Code on accordion, clarinet and kaval, plays Balkan music
  • Rakia was an international folk dance band from Minnesota, which employed up to 4 accordions. They played mostly Eastern European and Balkan music.

  • A page about the history of rebetika says something like ".. but later piano and accordion were used as well". At least, that's what I think it says, but it's in Greek, and I've only done a few years of classical Greek.
  • News from Russian regional elections in Yeltsin's native region: Yeltsin foe Eduard Rossel, trying to dispel the widespread perception that he is arrogant and haughty, has one radio ad in which he does nothing but play traditional Russian folk songs on his accordion.
  • The University of Illinois Russian Folk Orchestra has a few accordionists in it, of course, but it's mainly balalaikas.

  • Russian folk ensemble Sadko from Vsevolozsk, Russia, with Larisa Petukhova on the accordion (she is also the director of the musical school which is the basis of the "Sadko") and Vladimir Belikov on double bass and bayan
  • Soluna (in Dutch) is [was] a Balkan ensemble from the Netherlands, with Jan Wollring on accordion
  • Sounds of the Steppes is a band from Dryden, Ontario, with Jeannette Denby on accordion, They play Ukrainian music, having formed as a trio accompanying a Children's Ukrainian Choir. They are currently a quintet, and they have played at various Ukrainian festivals.

  • Balkan swing band Sultan (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Stef Koopman on accordion
  • Ensemble Surprise, with Sergei Martynyuk on accordion, consists of students and graduates of the Novosibirsk Conservatory (Russia). On their Russian folk instruments they play a repertoire that ranges from the baroque period to today.
  • The Tamo Daleko Orchestra, with Aleksandar Slavkovic on accordion, play Serb music

  • Tito's Revenge is an quartet from Boston, Massachusetts, with Ruth Hunter on accordion, playing electrified Balkan music. Tito's Revenge
  • Trubka is a Ukrainian music ensemble from Alberta, Canada, with Ralph Sorochan on accordion.
Klezmer
  • The Angstones from Ottawa, with Peter Kiesewalter on clarinet, keyboards and accordion, plays a mixture of klezmer, Middle Eastern, Acadian, rap and jazz. More information on the Angstones. The Angstones at the 1995 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
  • Klezmer bands in the world wide web
  • The Celtic Klezmer Concert tape includes tunes by Skellig, with Billy McComiskey on accordion, and Klezmos, with HMTrad's Wendy Morrison on accordion.

  • Di Naye Kapelye is a Klezmer band based in Hungary, even though 3 of the 5 members are American -- including accordionist and drummer Christina Crowder. They play old time Jewish music the way they imagine it was played in eastern Europe both before and after the Holocaust.
  • Aaron Eckstaedt (in German) from Dortmund, Germany, sings Yiddish songs, and plays klezmer on a free-bass chromatic button accordion. He performs his programs in yiddish theatre style, speaking yiddish on stage. After finishing his PhD about Yiddish music in Germany he moved to Berlin, where he is a fellow and researcher in ethnomusicology for yiddish and jewish music in Potsdam University / School of Jewish Studies.
  • The Freylach Spielers from Leeds, UK, with Nigel Waterhouse on accordion

  • The German Klezmer page
  • The Kabalas from Moline, IL (two accordions, saxophone and percussion) play traditional Jewish freilachs and original weirdo polkas
  • Kalarash is klezmer band from the Netherlands with Fred Abbingh on accordion and vocals.

  • Klezmer On-Line is a web site to support the promotion of Klezmer and Jewish Music in the UK and beyond.
  • Klezmic noiZ (formerly "ot Azoy") from Belgium. Jan Blieck plays electric guitar and accordion, Werner Huismans plays piano and accordion and Gwen Cressens plays or played chromatic button accordion.
  • Wendy Morrison's Home for Wayward Accordions. Wendy Morrison from Silver Spring (of The House of Musical Traditions) plays accordion and concertina in Klezmos, Waltz on a Dime and Klezcentricity. She also teaches (and knows a lot about accordions!)

  • Klezsix is a party band from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with Wilma Kalse on accordion, that is specialized in klezmer and balkan music with jazzy influences (in Dutch)
  • Klezz is a klezmer band from Amsterdam, the Netherlands (formerly called Chamsadim), with Sander Veeken on accordion and piano.
  • Mika's Klezmer pages

  • Oor Hasjachor (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Leen Hoogenboom on accordion, plays klezmer and Yiddish songs.
  • Rouge Records based in Auckland New Zealand is an artist driven record label founded by two performing artists/composers, singer Linn Lorkin and accordionist and piano player Hershal, a former New Yorker. The main "product" is the "Jews Brothers Band", a klezmer band with a line up consisting of mandolin, saxophone, tea chest bass, accordion and melodica, and vocals. Other than that, they seem to like French café music.
  • Shloinke from Chicago

  • Traction Avant (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Wim Luiten on accordion, guitar and vocals plays klezmer and gypsy swing, as well as some Tex-Mex and Cajun music.
Southern Europe
French Music
  • ACRA Musette Ensemble (in Swedish) is a group from Sweden with Andrej Pietrzak, Conny Österlund and Rolf Eriksson on accordion (piano /button /button) and Arne Pettersson on double bass. They play mainly French musette, but also classical and Slavic music.
  • French / German group Alaska (in French) with Roman D. Metzner on accordion, keyboards, harmonica, and vocals, play Louisana two-step, rock, and French songs
  • Frédéric Baldo is a young accordionist from Épinal. At the Coupe Mondial 1998 he won in the Virtuoso category.

  • Musette accordionist Marlène Blouin
  • Claude Renault on The diatonic accordion in Brittany (in French)
  • The Casilda Rodrigez Quartet with Marcel Azzola

  • D.R.Swing is a band from Japan, with Misuzu (in Japanese) on accordion. They play Gypsy Swing and Musette. The "information" page contains some tunes in MP3 format.
  • Domi Emorine (in French) is an accordionist from Vindecy, France, who has appeared in various TV programmes. In 1990 she won the Variety category in Trossingen, at the age of 15.
  • French Touch (in Dutch) is a trio from the Netherlands, with Hans van der Maas on accordion. Their repertoire includes French musette (from Jo Privat to Richard Galliano), Argentinian tango and Tango Nuevo, and Brazilian Bossa Nova.

  • Michael Ganian plays his own (musette) compositions, and has recorded two albums. Sheet music online! Michael Ganian at accordions.com. Michael Ganian died (he was shot) in April 2000.
  • gokuraku (?) (in Japanese) site mentions a musette jazz quintet (but apart from that, I can't read it).
  • Musette accordionist Arnaud Guimard from Oneux, France

  • Jean-Marc Henry is a diationic accordion player from the la Manche department of France.
  • Les Hurleurs with Jean-Charles Versari on vocals and accordion, is a bit of all of a rock group, a Parisian world-music street orchestra, a dance band skilled in waltz and rumba, an arty concept in contemporary music.
  • Marc Laniray's (French) rock page, about a number of bands, almost all of which have an accordionist. There are biographies, discographies, sound clips etc., for Les Têtes Raides, La Tordue, Les Hurleurs, Castafiore Bazooka, Casse-Pipe, and Martine City Queen.

  • Dorothy Lhoir (in French) from Thiant, France, has studied with Frédéric Deschamps. She teaches accordion, and she has done a number of TV performances. The website has a few sound clips from her CD.
  • Maraîchine is a band from Germany, with Rolf Ehrhardt and Bernhard Morsch on amongst diatonic accordion, amongst others, that plays traditional Breton music.
  • The Massive Village Orchestra based in Norwich, UK, is a 119 strong orchestra of mainly hurdy gurdies, bagpipes, and melodeons. They play Central French traditional style dance music.

  • An introduction to/history of the musette (in French)
  • Piere Mussi from Solignat Lembron, France, was winner in the Città di Castelfidardo, and of the Coupe Mondiale, both in 2001. He has toured with various orchestras, and performed on radio and television.
  • Musette anthologies Paris Musette vol. 1 Paris Musette vol. 2 and Paris Musette vol. 3

  • Petite Fleur (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Jean Pierre Guiran on accordion and vocals is a trio who play swing music and French jazz songs in the style of the Hot Club de France.
  • Axel Reuter (in French) (in German) from Simiane La Rotonde, France, is an accordionist, street musician, composer, designer and director.
  • Heather Smith plays and teaches piano accordion, organ and keyboard. Every Friday she plays French accordion music in a restaurant in Hull, UK.

  • Japanese musette accordionist Hiro Takatsu (in Japanese)
  • torr-pen is a Breton fest-noz group with Erwan Tanguy on accordion. Formerly he played in Diwall -- but they don't seem to have an accordionist anymore.
Spain and Portugal
  • Aires del Vallès (in Spanish) is a Habanera group from Sabadell, Spain with Mònica Solà on piano accordion.
  • Dirty Linen article A Basquet of Apples about music from the Basque Country, mentioning amongst others Oskorri and Kepa Junkera
  • Grupo Etnográfico Maresia (in Portuguese) from Figueira, Portugal, with Regina Meireles on accordion

  • Al mundo de la trikitixa, apparently written for a contest, with articles about the accordion (amongst others by Kepa Junkera). In Spanish and Basque. (in Spanish)
  • Pete Nalda's Basque accordion page
  • Ritmo Tambor (in Swedish) (in Spanish) from Sweden, with Hans Sandin on accordion and vocals, plays rhythmical Spanish/Latin music

  • Tiriki-Trauki Fanfarrea (in Spanish) is a fanfare/ band from Iruña, which features a mix of traditional and other instruments, amongst which accordions.
  • Portuguese Duo Ana and Luis Vicente from with Ana on vocals and Luis on (electonic?) accordion have performed for Portuguese communities all over (Western) Europe; they live in Münster, Germany.
Italian Music
  • Calabria Mia from Melbourne, Australia, with Antonio (To-To) Caruso on Organetto and musical director John Kalkbrenner on Accordion, brings traditional Calabrese music.
  • Organetto player and composer Roberto De Sanctis
  • Din delòn is a group from the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, whose music is based on Lombardian traditions. Most of their music is either traditional or composed by their melodeon player, Andrea Capezzuoli.

  • Main Squeeze, from Lodi, California, with Mike Turbetti on MIDI accordion, wants to promote and preserve the Italian music they grew up with

Other Musicicans

  • Brad Berg
  • Bruce from California has RealAudio clips of a Freilach and Pietro Deiro's Trieste.
  • Coen Cornelissen (in Dutch) from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has played the accordion for some seven years

  • Kenny Davis was featured in The Sydney Morning Herald's "My web" series.
  • Jeroen Fritz (in Dutch) from Haarlem, the Netherlands
  • Rick Hatley from Tacoma, WA, plays clarinet, saxophone, accordion, hand bells and hammered dulcimer. He has his own band, the Ard'Ann Accordion Band.

  • A story about Mamie Hill, a blind woman who plays sacred music on concertina in a shopping mall.
  • Billy Hume wears a bayan.
  • Sarah Kleman started playing the accordion fairly late, at the age of 23, but she seems to be smitten by the instrument!

  • Randy Krichbaum is showing off his new Beltuna 72 Bass PA, with a couple of pictures and a couple of MP3 sound clips
  • Johan Kullberg started on mouth harmonica when he was two, and on accordion (a cajun type Hero) when he was three. Nowadays he plays a 2-row Diaton and a 4-row chromatic Cavagnolo. In Gameboj Hitparade (in Swedish) he plays ``Russian Fusion'', based on Gameboy and other computer games music! The newspaper Falköpings Tidning was also very impressed by their rendition of 'Oh Susanna' on mobile telephone.
  • According to her web log, Melba Lee plays accordion

  • Lucia and Coralie (in French) are two sisters, born in 1991 and 1993 respectively, from Bulle, Switzerland, who both play the accordion
  • Actress Natasha Marco has as specialities [...], make-up artist, accordion, tai-chi, belly dancing, roller skating [,...]
  • Nancy Rider plays the accordion in the circus music band Jumbo (35+ members)

  • Abby Robinson from Cadillac, Michigan, studies Musical Arts (oboe) and Child Development, but she also plays the accordion.
  • The Royal Family from Alberta, with Matt Tanguay on (amongst others) accordion
  • Cathy Sommers from Kansas City, daughter of Joan Cochran Sommers, won the ATG's 1999 US Accordion Virtuoso Championship.

  • Accordionist Tominaga (in Japanese)
  • Xin Wang from Yellow Mountain City, China, now studies at the University of Arizona; unfortunately she left her accordion home.
  • Mary Kay Doktorski plays the accordion at 42,000 feet!

  • Yahoo members interested in the accordion

Music Theatre

The Netherlands
  • Theo Kuypers from the Netherlands studied accordion with Miny Dekkers. Nowadays he is mainly involved in street theatre. Besides, he plays chamber music in various ad hoc ensembles.

General

  • Short introductions about the accordion, (in French) concertina, bandoneon and diatonic accordion
  • Linda Candello has an Accordion Music Page with a few tunes, and a bit of humor on it.
  • Claire's Accordion Page aims to give positive exposure to the accordion. (!)

  • Michael John Kozak's accordion music appreciation page, with the table of contents for the Palmer Hughes course.
  • Accordions around the world, www.accordions.org
  • Marcel Fortin's Doughnuts and accordion page

  • Bart's Accordeon Site (in Dutch) by Bart Laevens has amongst others a short history of the accordion, a list of accordion brands, and some (scanned) sheet music.
  • Jerry Corpuz' Accordion pages with some general information and a list of schools in Southern California.
  • Entries for accordion (and melodeon, bayan) or concertina in various encyclopedias and dictionaries

  • Fisarmonica.it (in Italian) is a general Italian accordion site, with amongst others some history, in particular of some accordion builders, information about the construction of the instrument, and pages for and links to accordionists.
  • Cyril Gerbier's accordion page, (in French) with a bit of history, and types of accordion used in France (amongst others the free bass accordéon de concert), with nice pictures
  • Le jargon du p'tit folkleux: accordéon (in French) In particular there is a lot of information about the diatonic accordion, and links.

  • Paul Nosko's accordion page
  • Information about Accordions in the Pacific Northwest, with amongst others news and a calendar of various accordion clubs in the region, a list of accordion teachers
  • akordeonista.republika.pl (in Polish) is a site with information about the accordion in Poland, with amongst others a list of accordion events in Poland, a list of music schools where the accordion is taught, and links. [for me, the links on the left of the page do work, but only if the mouse points to the lines above the link texts -- not if the mouse points to any of the texts themselves]

  • A Spanish accordion page (in Spanish) with information about contests, accordionists, the instruments, and links.
  • @ccordionscandinavia, (temporarily closed, unfortunately) set up by Håkan Widar, features accordion records and and a picture gallery of legendary accordionists. His sound archive contains Real Audio sound clips of Guido Deiro, Pietro Frosini, John Kimmel and Alexander Prince. He also teaches the accordion.
  • An Accordion Wiki, (in French) (or ex-wiki?) with amongst others layouts for a number of 3-row diatonic accordion types, lists of accordion makers and shops, and a gallery of (diatonic) accordionists

  • www.accordion.co.yu (in Serbian) is a general accordion site, maintained by Ivan Radosavljevic, with information about history and types of accordions, and listings of accordionists and music schools in Yugoslavia, and accordion events in Yugoslavia and beyond.

Educational Material and Essays

Educational essays

  • The site of Philippe Coquemont (in French) contains arrangements for accordion of amongst others César Frank's "Prelude, Fuge et Variation" (for free bass accordion) and Erik Satie's "1ere gymnopedie" (for free bass or Stradella bass), as well as educational material, including notes about registrations, keyboard layouts (for C system chromatic button accordion), and an essay for composer, on how to write accordionistically.
  • Getting to Grips with the Cajun Accordion by Martin Day is an article on learning to play the Cajun one-row accordion, with pointers to a few tutors.
  • Main Squeeze, an essay by John Donatich about his lifelong love affair with the accordion.

  • Accordion Assassins by Mike Gauna, Dave Burke and Felix Muñoz is an educational site about Norteño and Conjunto (three-row) accordion
  • Alexandra Hölzner: [home work on the theme of] bellows technique, articulation and interpretation (in German)
  • How Things Work: The accordion explained

  • The Melodeon Discussion Pages by Orest Lechnowsky aims to discuss all aspects of playing and learning the melodeon. It includes pages on music theory for diatonic accordionists, how to learn, how to choose a (type of) accordion, etc.
  • Pied Piper (Brenda Williams)' Learn to play the [Anglo] Concertina -- by ear. One huge page.
  • Willem van Voorst (who is a student of Wim Nagtegaal) has started a cajun accordion course (in Dutch)

  • Robert Wallis describes his ideal accordion microphone setup

Keyboard and Button Board Layouts

  • Some information about the bandoneon, with diagrams of the keyboard layout, provided by David Hodges, bandoneon player of the Guerrilla Parlour Ensemble.
  • Theodore Kloba's The (Chemnitzer) Concertina Novice with keyboard layouts and scales charts, pictures of the inside of a Chemnitzer, and for a comparison, a page with pictures of other types of free-reed instruments.
  • Terry Knight's accordion and concertina pages with diagrams of key and button layouts for various types of accordions and concertinas.

  • Marc Lamb has fingering charts for 60 and 61 button McCann system Lachenal Edeophones, a 48 button Crane duet system and a 46 button Hayden duet system. He's also got a fingering chart for the Castagnari 'Rik' A/D/G accordion.
  • Part of Orest Lechnowsky's melodeon pages is a discussion about (custom) layouts of 2 or 3 row diatonic accordions
  • Leon Peek's chord charts for the left hand on the C/G Anglo

  • An Accordion Wiki, (in French) (or ex-wiki?) with amongst others layouts for a number of 3-row diatonic accordion types, lists of accordion makers and shops, and a gallery of (diatonic) accordionists

Books

  • accordionguide.com publishes guides with scales and chords for three-row button accordions, available in the most popular keys for playing Conjunto / Tejano music: GCF, FBbEb or EAD. Also available on CD-ROM (in PDF format)
  • Castle Dean Records is the record label of accordionist and guitarist Ronnie Hunter. It features Scottish music, both solo albums and albums of his band, Cutty Sark. They also sell two piano accordion tutor books, the first lesson of which is available online.
  • Gavilan Custom Accordions a.k.a. Just another Acordéon Store in Texas from Fort Worth, Texas sells customized German and Italian diatonic models (for Norteño and Conjunto) under the Gavilan brand name. They've also published Just Another Acordeón Book by Steve Clary, on learning to play the 3 row button accordion in G/C/F.

Links

  • www.accordionist.org offers free email and web-page forwarding from the accordionists.org domain.
  • @ccordionscandinavia webring, started by Håkan Widar, for Scandinavian accordion sites, obviously.
  • LouisianaRadio.com broadcasts Lousiana's music 24 hours a day, seven days a week (in realaudio). The accompagnying Louisiana Music Online is a comprehensive list of links to Lousiana music websites

  • An Accordion random link generator

Discussion Groups and Mailing Lists

  • Dutch discussion forum accordeon-forum.nl (in Dutch)
  • Accordion Heaven is a MSN "Community" for accordionists, set up by Nick Ballarini.
  • accordionplayers.org is a web board set up by Ken Ward, whose main focus seems to be uploaded recordings and sheet music

  • Roland Wituschek has set up a German-language accordion mailing list. (in German) Much of the messages are accordion-orchestra related.
  • An MSN group for Het Accordeon (in Dutch)
  • Petosa's accordion forum with some general discussions and some Petosa-specific discussions.

Blogs

  • The Squeezo blog focusses on recordings of accordions, bandoneons and concertinas.

Orchestras and Clubs

Australia

  • Notable Soundz is a group of young children from the age of 11-14 learning & fundraising to compete in the Australian competitions.
  • Perth Accordion Club
  • The Queensland Accordion Club (Gold Coast)

  • Queensland Accordion Orchestra

Austria

  • Accordion orchestra Expressivo of the Allhartsberg-Kematen-Sonntagberg music school

Belgium

  • Accordeon Ensemble Henri de Decker (in Dutch) from the region of Antwerp/ East Flanders
  • Accordion society De Notengalm (in Dutch) from Boecholt
  • Koninklijke Accordeonvereniging De Nachtegaal (in Dutch) from Edegem

  • Accordion Orchestra De Petra's (in Dutch) (That's de "Pittemse En Tieltse Regionale Accordeon Spelers", the Regional Accordion Players from Pittem and Tielt) from Tielt.
  • Accordeonclub Allegro (in Dutch) from Vremde rehearses every Thursday evening. Conductor Jack Jurgen also gives individual lessons.

Canada

  • The Southwestern Ontario Accordion Club, was founded in 2006. It meets at the Church of St Jude in London, Ontario, Canada on designated Sundays at 1 PM.

Croatia

  • The Accordion Orchestra of the Ivan Matetic-Ronjgov Music School in Pula, winners at the 24th International Competition of Accordion Orchestras in Castelfidardo

Finland

  • Pieksämäen Harmonikkakerho (Pieksämäki Accordion Club) meets every Friday, for playing Finnish dance music.

Germany

  • 1. Altenburger Akkordeonorchester 1952
  • Akkordeonensemble Aue
  • Akkordeon-Orchester Bad Rotenfels

  • 1. Harmonika Orchester Bellheim
  • Berliner Akkordeonkinder
  • Jugend Akkordeon Orchester der Stadt Bochum

  • Akkordeon-Orchester Bückeburg 1946
  • Youth accordion group Wirbelwind, Calden
  • Das Dachauer Akkordeonorchester

  • Harmonika-Club Dettingen/Erms has a main orchestra, a couple of youth orchestras and youth groups, a Morino group, and over 300 active and passive members.
  • Akkordeon-Orchester Ensdorf
  • Harmonika-Spielring Ettlingen

  • Akkordeon-Ensemble Gräfeling
  • Akkordeonorchester Grünmettstetten Akkordeon-Gruppe Guxhagen

  • Harmonika-Club Hamme
  • Akkordeon-Senioren-Spielkreis Hannover
  • Akkordeonorchesters der Musikschule Hassloch

  • Akkordeon-Club Hechingen
  • Akkordeonfreunde Heiligenhaus
  • Akkordeon Sound Orchester, Akkordeon-Spielgemeinschaft des MV Herbitzheim und des OV Lautzkirchen

  • Hersbrucker Harmonika Orchester
  • Akkordeonorchester Passim from Herzebrock
  • Akkordeon-Club Hochdorf

  • Akkordeonorchester des Hochsauerlandskreises
  • Handharmonikaclub "Barbarossa" Hohenstaufen
  • Harmonika-Spielring Huchenfeld-Würm

  • Akkordeon-Orchester Jülich
  • ORKANEON, the accordion ensemble of the municipal music school of Karlstadt am Main
  • KDH-Akkordeon-Orchester Köln

  • Handharmonika-Orchester Lauterbach
  • Akkordeonorchester Rudolf Brink from Magdeburg existed between 1955 and 1969 -- but a reunion or something similar might be planned.
  • Akkordeonorchester Hohnerklänge Marl

  • Akkordeonorchester Mühlacker
  • Akkordeon Orchester Mühlheim from Mühlheim am Main
  • Harmonika-Orchester Murg

  • Akkordeonverein Lyra Neuenhain am Taunus
  • Akkordeonorchester Neuhausen
  • Akkordeonorchester der Musikschule der Stadt Nordhorn

  • Harmonikaorchester Öflingen
  • Akkordeonorchester Oltmannsfehn - Ockenhausen
  • Akkordeon-Orchester Oyten

  • Akkordeonorchester Ratingen
  • The Accordion Harmonists from Salzgitter
  • Sandizeller Akkordeon Musik

  • Akkordeonorchester Schneeren
  • Akkordeonorchester "Sempre Harmonika" Schwabach / Akkordeonensemble Schwabach
  • Akkordeon Orchester Schwörstadt

  • Akkordeon- und Handharmonika Club Sielmingen
  • 1. Harmonika-Club-"Solitude" 1932 Stuttgart-Weilimdorf
  • Hobby-Musik-Club Trossingen

  • Akkordeonorchester Welper-Ruhr
  • Akkordeonorchester BDKJ Wendeburg-Vechelde
  • Akkordeonorchester Zusamtal, Wertingen

  • Handharmonika-Verein Wolfenweiler-Schallstadt

Italy

  • Fisorchestra L. Fancelli
  • Fisorchestra "G. Rossini" from S. Giustina was founded in 1982 by Ernesto Bellus.

Japan

  • The Tokyo Accordion Mates (in Japanese)
  • Yamaguchi Accordion Club (in Japanese)

Lithuania

  • There is an accordion quintet at the Vilnius Teachers House

The Netherlands

  • A review of a concert of De Almelonia's (in Dutch) from Almelo
  • The accordion orchestra of musical society "Excelsior 64" from Ammerstol, South Holland, rehearses once a week. They play mainly light music and easy arrangements; they are looking for more members. Contact: Hans Taverne
  • There are 8 accordion societies/orchestras in Amsterdam (in Dutch)

  • Hollandia Showorkest from Apeldoorn plays all kinds of music, but mainly popular show music
  • Accordion orchestra De Rigolo's (in Dutch) from Apeldoorn
  • Accordeonvereniging Arnhem Zuid (in Dutch)

  • Accordion society Vol Van Wilskracht from Arnhem has a beginners orchestra and an advanced orchestra.
  • A combined page for Accordeonvereniging De Golfbrekers (in Dutch) from Callantsoog, and for Het Jaques Schermer Ensemble
  • Nelly Wijsbek (in Dutch) sang with Accordeonclub Crescendo (1941-1943). Besides, around 1960 she sang in Kwartet Jo Budie, and later in Sextet Johnny Holshuysen (both of which were accordion-led)

  • Accordeonorkest Knop & Toets, Denekamp --
  • Accordeon Vereniging Drechtsteden (in Dutch) from Dordrecht.
  • Accordeonvereniging Musica (in Dutch) from Duiven

  • Trekharmonicagroep Positief (in Dutch) from Emmen is a group of 5 players who perform and organise various events to collect money for charities.
  • Accordion orchestra Ancora (in Dutch) / (in German) from Enschede
  • A review of a concert of the Hengelo's Accordeon Orkest (in Dutch) from Hengelo (Ov) (free registration required)

  • Diatonic accordion group De Trekkebuuls from Hengelo (Gelderland), with a library of MIDI files for diatonic accordion on their site.
  • Accordeonvereniging Apollo '77 from Hilvarenbeek
  • De Eerste Hoornse Accordeon Vereniging (in Dutch) from Hoorn

  • IJmuidens Roem (in Dutch) was disbanded in October 2004, after almost 80 years
  • Accordeonvereniging Elsene from Nieuwstadt, Limburg, plays both classical and modern music.
  • The three orchestras of Rotterdamse AccordeonVereniging Philharmonica (in Dutch) (from Rotterdam) are conducted by Ria van Dither.

  • Zeeuws-Vlaamse Accordeonvereniging La Musica (in Dutch) from Terneuzen
  • Accordion Ensemble "Con Brio" from Tilburg has two orchestras.
  • Veendammer Accordeonvereniging "FRESCO" (in Dutch) was founded in 1998. They rehearse every Thursday in Muntendam.

  • Accordion society Paolo Soprani (in Dutch) from Weesp
  • Con Amore from Wychen celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2003
  • Accordeonorkest Melodia (in Dutch) from Zwolle

Norway

  • Haugesund og Karmøy Trekkspillklubb

Spain

  • Orquesta de Acordeones "Ciudad de Burgos" (in Spanish)
  • Orquesta de Acordeones Irungo Atsegina from Irún (in Spanish)
  • Club De Acordeones "Una Hora Menos En Canarias" La Palma, Islas Canarias (in German) / (in Spanish)

  • Accordion quintet Lehia (in Spanish) / (in Basque) from Pamplona, Spain, play classical and contemporary classical music, folk music and pedagogical concerts
  • In Pamplona there are two accordion orchestras: Orquesta de Acordeones Amaiur de Lakuntza and Orquesta de Acordeones Ave María (in Spanish)

Sweden

  • Martin Kullberg's Dragspelskällaren (in Swedish) lists almost twohundred accordion clubs and has profiles of some 50 accordionists. (!) (that page used to have information about Västergötlands Dragspelsförbund as well; that organisation yearly organises Dragspelsstämman in Gräfsnäs, and twice a year it publishes "Bälgabladet".)
  • Alftas Dragspelsklubb
  • Bodens Accordion Club

  • Accordionists in Halland, Sweden, (in Swedish) with bios (and pictures, most of the time) of over 200 accordionists, and details of seven accordion clubs.
  • The members of Karlskoga Dragspelsklubb (Karlskoga is a community of about 33000 inhabitants in Värmland) play mainly traditional music and jazz from the 40s.
  • Ödeshögs Dragspelsklubb (in Swedish)

  • Skärholmens Dragspelsklubb
  • Interwallerna Accordion Band from Stockholm

Switzerland

  • Amicale d'accordéonistes Octodéon (in French) from Martigny
  • ORPA, the Orchestre Romand des Professeurs d'Accordéon, i.e. the orchestra of accordion teachers from Romandie, the Francophone part of Switzerland.
  • Regionales Akkordeonorchester Ruedi Dahinden was formed in 2000 by a merger of Akkordeon-Orchester Riehen and Akkordeon-Orchester Muenchenstein-Arlesheim.

United Kingdom

  • Canterbury Accordion Band performs all over Kent, with a repertoire varying from light classical to jazz standards to "sing-alongs".
  • Weaver Valley Accordion Band (in German) from Frodsham, England
  • The Kingston upon Hull Accordion Club meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month.

  • The Massive Village Orchestra based in Norwich, UK, is a 119 strong orchestra of mainly hurdy gurdies, bagpipes, and melodeons. They play Central French traditional style dance music.
  • Stratford Accordion Club meets every third Tuesday of the month in Shottery, Stratford on Avon.
  • Wyre Accordion Club meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month in Thornton

USA

  • The Carolina Accordionists Association
  • Rose City Accordion Club meets every 3rd Saturday of the month in Milwaukee, Oregon.
  • The Rocky Mountain Accordion Society is a private, non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado, whose purpose is to promote the playing and appreciation of the accordion. Amongst others, they organise a yearly contest [but the website has not been updated for 2000].

  • The Northern California Accordion Society [site uses fphover.class for navigation] meets every 3rd Thursday of the month in Roseville, CA.

Events

Competitions

  • The 8th Trofeo Internazionale Citta di Casarza Ligure will be held in Casarza Ligure (Genoa), Italy, from June 1 - 8, 2002. Both skilled competitors and beginners are welcome.
  • Accordion competitions in Italy Competions for both chromatic and diatonic accordions are listed (but no dates beyond 2002).
  • International accordion competition Prix Azzola and Prix Zolotarjew for entertainment music and concert music respectively, in the Provence in France, June 10 - 12, 2000.

Andorra

  • Apart from regular lessons, Harmonia Music School in Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra, also organises summer schools, and an International Accordion Competition, "Gran Premi d' Escaldes-Engordany", the 3rd edition of which will be held September 23 - 26, 2005.

China

  • China Tianjin International Accordion Competition and Festival, organised by the Tianjin Conservatory of Music was held August 25-29, 2002.
  • The 8th Chinese International Accordion Competition was held in Bejing, August 10 - 14, 2001

Finland

  • Lieto Accordeon (in Finnish) is a yearly accordion competition, held in Lieto, Finland. It seems to be held in January or February each year.

Germany

  • The 6th Deutscher Orchesterwettbewerb (in German) will be held in München, Germany, on May 15 - 23, 2004. One of the categories is accordion orchestras and youth accordion orchestras.
  • In 2003 the categories for the International Wolfgang Jacobi Competition for chamber music of the 20th century are flute/piano and flute/accordion. It will be held 14-16 November at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany. The competition is open for young chamber music ensembles from Europe (age limit: 30 years); the jury includes Hugo Noth. (Currently, the website still refers to the 2002 program).

Italy

  • The 3rd National and 2nd Internatioal Premio Citta' di Atri will be held in Atri, Italy, on April 30 and May 1, 2004. The competition is open to accordion players, pianists and keyboard players.

Spain

  • The 51st Certamen Mundial del Acordeón was held in Ourense, Spain, in 1999. The interesting thing about the site is, that it contains a copy my accordion links page, as of Summer 1999 (it was a single page then) -- both in English, and half translated in Spanish!
  • The first Festival de Acordeón "Ciudad de Salamanca" (in Spanish) was held on November 2--4, 2001, with competitions both for solo accordions and (mixed) ensembles. The 2nd Festival de Acordeón "Ciudad de Salamanca" (in Spanish) will be held November 1--3, 2002.

USA

  • The Accordion Federation of North America was founded in 1955 to stimulate the general public's interest in the accordion and to improve teaching. It organises a yearly festival in Los Angeles, California. Their 53rd annual festival will be held August 15 - 17, 2008.

Concerts

  • In the Austrian Calender of Folk Music Events you'll find accordion daysand related events

Germany

  • Klezmerwelten is a series of klezmer concerts and workshops, held April 14 - May 2, 2004, with amongst others some concerts with Joshua Horowitz and a klezmer workshop for advanced instrumentalists, April 15 -18. In 2003 there was also an exhibition of the same name; that is now available as a traveling exhibition.

Italy

  • FisAlMuseo (in Italian) is a monthly series of accordion concerts in the ethnographic Museo della Gambarina in Alessandria, Italy.

The Netherlands

  • Knop & Toets (in Dutch) is a market place for second hand accordions, set up by Rob van de Bunt. Placing an ad is free, as far as I can see. The site also features a concert diary, and a link list.
  • A Dutch [piano] accordion event calendar, (in Dutch) maintained by Hillebrand van der Veen (in Dutch)

USA

  • Dirty Linen North American tour schedules

Festivals

Austria

  • Dialektmusik (in German) is a festival held in Vienna May 27 - June 1, 2008, with concerts by amongst others Bratfisch, Remasuri and 5/8erl in Ehr'n.

Canada

  • Festival des Magiciens de l'accordéon in Alma, Quebec, (in French) should happen again in July 2001.
  • Canadian folk festivals
  • The Edmonton Accordion and Polka Festival Society organises PolkaFest'98, November 13-15 in Edmonton, Canada

Finland

  • The Toholampi Accordion Week in Toholampi, Finland, was last on July 3 - 9, 2005; it will not be held in 2006.

France

  • The 18th Rencontre Européenne de l'accordéon in Chartres (in French) France, will be held June 2 - 4, 2006

Italy

  • Part of the 7th Perugia Classico, (in Italian) wich will be held in Perugia, Italy, on September 12 - 16, 2001, is an Accordion Meeting, with concerts, workshops and master classes by amongst others Richard Galliano and Riccardo Tesi.

Lithuania

  • There is a Festival of Accordion Music in Vilnius every other year, the last one was September 20th - 23rd, 2000.

The Netherlands

  • The 11th Internationaal Harmonikatreffen (in Dutch) was held on October 12, 2002 in Eygelshoven- Kerkrade, the Netherlands. It is a festival for 'Volkstumlige Musik', with lots of Steyrisches.
  • Mosa Musica 2005 accordeonale (in Dutch) in Roermond on September 3 -- 4, 2005 is centered on the accordion, with performances by amongst others Dominique Paats, the Danny Malando Orchestra and Accordeonvereniging Helmond AK.
  • De Agenda van Nederland: (in Dutch) accordeon

  • The International Folkfestival Tilburg, in Tilburg, the Netherlands, on January 23-27, 2002, will have the accordion as its theme instrument and France as its theme country. Booked artists include Les Primitivs Du Futur, Flook, Bratsch, and Renaud Gacia Fons and Jean Louis Matinier.

Norway

  • Mats Tony Lileng's accordion festival calendar for Norway (in Norwegian)

Russia

  • Peter and Paul Harmonicas Assembly, formerly known as "Baltica-Harmonika", in St Petersburg, Russia, will next be held from April 21st, 2001 (and last a week?)
  • The 1st International Festival of Accordion Music Vivat Bayan in the Samara provice of Russia, is organised by Sergei Voitenko. It features monthly concerts from December 2002 to April 2003, plus a series of master classes by Friedrich Lips in March.

Sweden

  • The Baltic Accordion Society organises the Baltic Accordion Festival, August 5th - 8th 1999, in Lundegård, Sweden.
  • In the Dalarna region in Sweden, apart from some general folk festivals, August 20-22, 1999 there is an accordion festival in Tällberg.
  • Accordions events in Scandinavia (in Swedish) listed by Martin Kullberg's Dragspelskällaren Västergötlands Dragspelsförbund

  • Oscarshamns Dragspelsfestival Oskarhamn, (in Swedish) Sweden, will be held next on 28-29 September 2001.
  • A list of Accordion festivals in Sweden

Switzerland

  • The 13th Eidgenössisches Harmonika- und Akkordeon-Musikfest, (in German) in Luzern, Switzerland, June 16-18, 2000
  • The Internationales Akkordeon-Symposium St. Gallen (in German) (Switzerland), May 23 - 26, 2001, for teachers, students, and laymen, music pedagogues and instrument makers, with workshops and concerts.

United Kingdom

  • UK music festivals
  • The Ninth National Cajun and Zydeco Festival at The Met, Bury, Lancashire, England, October 2 - 4, 1998

USA

  • The Accordion Federation of North America was founded in 1955 to stimulate the general public's interest in the accordion and to improve teaching. It organises a yearly festival in Los Angeles, California. Their 53rd annual festival will be held August 15 - 17, 2008.
  • The second The Accordionists Manufacturers And Dealers Association (AMADA) Convention will be held June 26 - 29, 2006, in Las Vegas. AMADA was founded by prominent businesspeople in the accordion industry with the intent to promote the accordion at all levels.
  • The Bakersfield Accordion Festival will be held at the Kern County Basque Club in Bakersfield, California, on May 28, 2004.

  • Cajun and Zydeco Events. The Festival International de Louisiana was held on 22-27 April 1997.
  • The New Braunsfels Wurstfest in New Braunsfels, Texas, offers plenty accordion music. The next one is November 2 -- 11, 2001.
  • Jason O'Rourke's concertina events page

  • Polkapalooza '96 in Seattle, Washingtonon Saturday, August 31, 1996: with polka music, dancing (and polka dance lessons!) yodeling, a Hales Ales Beer Garden and an attempt to set a record for the world's largest accordion band. So, to cite the announcement: We need accordionists! Dust off your old accordion or borrow one for the evening. Accordionists of all ages and all abilities are needed to help set a world's record. Accordion players, yodelers, alpen-horn players, and any other vaguely Germanic or Scandinavian-influenced artists are welcome to perform on our second stage project room, transformed into the Firewater Follies Vaudeville Theatre by artists Curtis Taylor and Friese Undine. For more information about these events, please call the Center on Contemporary Art at 206-728-1980. or COCA POLKA Coordinator and Board Member Marlow Harris at 206-728-1980 or email at marlow@nwlink.com
  • The San Francisco Celtic Music and Arts Festival (4-5 March 1995)
  • The Zydeco Crawfish Festival was last held in Houston, Texas, on May 28th 2001

Workshops

  • An Autumn Music Break is at St. Audries nr. Minehead UK, August 31 - September 7 2002, with two programmes: Classical Accordion Technique, taught by John Leslie, and Folk Dance Music for all instruments, taught by Rod Stradling (accordion) and Aidan Broadbridge (violin).

Germany

  • The Edberg Hof in the Degendorfer Land, in Nature Park Bayerischer Wald, offers Steyrische workshops led by Stanko Zagar throughout the year. The next one will be held April 18 - 24, 2004.
  • The 8. Internationale Akkordeon-Seminar-Woche 2001 (in German) (8th International Accordion Seminar Week 2001) will be held in Ottweiler, Saarland, Germany, July 14 - 21, 2001. Seminars in German or English, by Stefan Hussong, Hugo Noth, Ivan Koval, Gregor Siegler and Adriana Hölszky.

Ireland

  • Eigse Mrs Crotty Festival of Concertina Music in Kilrush, West Clare, Ireland, is a Concertina Summer School & Traditional Music Festival, celebrating the music of Elizabeth Crotty (1885-1960). It was last held August 13-17, 2003.

The Netherlands

  • On November 12 and 13, 2005, Andrea Capezzuoli, of the North Italian group Din delòn, gives a workshop on Italian diatonic accordion (in Dutch) (in C/F) in Groningen

Spain

  • Cultural association Acco Land organises a yearly accordion workshop in San Sebastian, Spain. This year, it will be held July 13 - 22, and the teachers are Jean-Luc Manca (France) for accordion, and Anne Landa (Spain) for Alexander Technique (for players of any instrument) Contact: accoland@hotmail.com

United Kingdom

  • Button Boxes and Moothies is a free-reed convention which will be held in Aberdeen, on October 26-28, 2007, with workshops, concerts, etc. On the button box side teachers and performers include Jackie Daly, Fred Davidson, Stuart Eydmann, Vic Gammon, Robert Harbron, Katie Howson, Régis Lechatelier, John MacDonald, Mary MacNamara, Simon Thoumire, Tom Roche and Frances Wilkins.
  • Karen Tweed organises various Adventures In Music workshops, usually for various instruments and voice: September 9 - 10, 2006 in Tetford, Lincolnshire; a combined Art and Music course November 25 - December 2, 2006 in Tuscany, Italy, with Karen (accordion/art) and Graham Pirt (voice/art); and December 9 - 10, 2006 in Pocklington, East Yorkshire.
  • Week one of Dartington Summer School in Devon, England, July 27 - August 3, 2002, includes accordion workshops and master classes by Dermot Dunne, as well as "Composition and Performance: The Theatre of the Accordion", by composer Deirdre Gribbin, theatre director Lou Stein, and Dermot Dunne.

  • Glow Arts organises a day of master classes during Edinburgh's Ceilidh Culture on Saturday April 22, 2006, including an accordion master class by Martin Green
  • The 16th Harwich Accordionists Annual Residential Orchestral Accordion Week will be held in Harwich, UK, on August 19-23, 2002
  • Northern Lights Festal and Music School '96, Ballycastle, UK, May 31st - June 2nd '96, includes accordion workshops

  • The Seed, co-directed by Karen Tweed, organises a workshop weekend in Llandinam, Wales, on June 9 - 11, 2006. Tutors include Karen Tweed and John Kirkpatrick. There will be an Adventures In Music Course immediately preceding the weekend, June 6 - 9.
  • Scottish Summer Schools at the University of Stirling include an Accordion Summer Schools, July 2 - 7, 2006: Accordion playing (Scottish style), tutor Ian Muir. Also there are sprint and autumn accordion weekends.

USA

  • Texas Folklife Resources organises the Accordion Kings Camp and Jamboree on August 26 -- 27, 2000 in Round Rock, Texas, with workshops, organised jams and dance on Saturday evening. Teachers include Geno Delafose (Zydeco), Eva Ybarra (Conjunto), Gary Bertrand (Cajun) and John Dujka (Czech Polka).
  • The French & Breton Music and Dance Celebration, in Mendochino, CA, June 21 - 27, 1999. Cyril Roche teaches advanced diatonic accordeon, John Paul teaches beginning/intermediate diatonic accordeon, and Gary Breitbard theaches beginning/intermediate piano accordion, banjo, and French dance

Manufacturers and Brands

  • The Musikk Instrument Akademiet in Sarpsborg, Norway is an instrument maker school, that offers studies within instrumentbuilding - including accordion. In addition to the school's exam its students take a German Craft Certificate.
  • Pigini Bandoneons from Castelfidardo, Italy makes bandoneons with chromatic keyboards (as in chromatic button accordions).
  • On the site of SEMA, (in French) the Société d'Encouragement aux Métiers d'Art, there is a dossier about accordion manufacturers (in French)

Manufacturers of Parts and Accessories

  • Together with Andy Bakke, Arleigh Baker has developed the Augustina Accordion Microphone System
  • CAM from Castelfidardo produces accordion accessories and parts such as aluminium casings and reed blocks.
  • Chalula from San Antonio, Texas, makes accordion pads (for protecting the back side of the bellows).

  • RythMic microphone systems for accordions, etc. Located in Roskilde, Denmark
  • Salpa Reeds from Castelfidardo manufactures reeds and reed plates for accordions, bandoneons and concertinas.
  • The Showmans Strap from San Antonio, Texas, makes custom accordion (and guitar) straps in all colours, shapes and sizes.

  • Siva produces Antonelli reeds
  • Sonerfisa produces reed blocks.

Retailers and Repairers

  • Accordion Rose (Rose Trick Ridgeway) from Port Aransas, Texas, repairs and sells accordions
  • ACP Productions from Clifton, New Jersey, sells Ukrainian bayans, Bell/Bugari accordions as well as Ukrainian recordings.
  • Haight Ashbury Music Center in San Francisco sells Hohner accordions

  • Historical Accordion Recordings owned by Ernie Horne, sells (reissues of) - you guessed it - historical accordion recordings
  • Button accordion repair worldwide, listed by The Erin Breeze
  • Archie McPhee, in Seattle, sells the Hero/Golden Cup cajun accordion and other weird and wonderful oddities you can own.

  • Olga's Musical World of Accordions sells accordions and (Anglo?) concertinas
  • Rolston Accordions from Motherwell, Scotland sells new and used accordions. Loretta Rolston also publishes "The Accordion Times and News".
  • Shanghai Internet Trading & Consultancy Co. exports musical instruments, among which Heroes (48 and 120 bass)

  • Manuel Torres from Madrid, Spain, is distributor for Acordeones Damiani. He also teaches the accordion, and he publishes sheet music.
  • Trident Music is an online retailer selling Scandalli accordions
  • Ziggies Music from Phoenix, Arizona, sells and repairs accordions. They offer lessons as well

Argentina

  • Música Argentina, from Buenos Aires, led by Agustín Raffo, sells tango sheet music for amongst others accordion and bandoneon. They can also provide custom arrangements, for amongst others accordion, bandoneon or orquesta tipica; the arrangers are Juan "Pollo" Raffo and Julian Hasse (for bandoneon). They also sell bandoneons.

Australia

  • Keyboard Corner & KC's Rock Shop from Boronia, Melbourne, sells Weltmeister and Fantini accordions and Stagi concertinas, as well as second hand instruments.
  • Online music store Planet TX sells a few types of piano accordions (Hohner, Baile) and diatonic button accordions (Mirelli, Dino Baffetti), as well as Hero toy accordions.

Canada

  • Harmony Lane Music from Calgary, Alberta is the largest accordion retailer in Western Canada. They sell all types of accordions, as well as bandoneons and concertinas, and also sell MIDI and Zero Sette reedless accordions.

Denmark

  • ProCordion, (in Danish) from Kongens Lyngby, owned by Torben Ejersbo, is a company specialized in tuning and repairing accordions. For tuning they have developed the "BellowMeter". They sell the Cavagnolo Odyssee.

Finland

  • Hellin Music is a one-woman company from Helsinki that specialises in digital accordions and keyboard instruments, including the Roland V-Accordion.
  • Musik & Dragspelsservice SB-Tech (in Swedish) (in Finnish) from Vasa, owned by Svante Betlehem sells new (Giulietti, Borsini, Dino Baffetti) and second hand accordions, as well as accessories, MIDI and microphone systems. They also do repairs, tunings, etc.

France

  • Accord Chouette (in French) from Lyon, owned by Yves Marta, sells accordions and bandoneons. They are the distributor of Premier bandoneons for France and Switzerland.
  • Accordez....Accordéons (in French) from Paris, owned by Gilles Briselance, sells Fisitalia accordions, and repairs accordions. They also teach chromatic and diatonic button accordion.
  • InstrumentsGate is devoted to musical instruments, with links for makers, buyers, sellers and repairers; mainly French. Accordions are classified under wind instruments.

  • Maintenance Accordeon in Roubaix is owned by Richard Szaraz.

Germany

  • CordAria is a CD label that publishes mainly accordion CDs
  • Music Shop Geretsried in Geretsried, Bavaria sells diatonic accordions.
  • Der Harmonikaladen (in German) from Leupoldsgrün, Oberfranken, is owned by Oliver Baum. He sells and repairs accordions, including piano accordions, free-bass accordions and diatonic accordions, from amongst others Pigini, Beltuna, and Hohner.

  • Music Mail order company Prokordeon (in German) from Barsinghausen sells amongst others accordions and accordion sheet music. It is owned by Klaus Werner, who also teaches and repairs accordions.
  • Musikfachgeschäft Egon Spengler (in German) from Gaimersheim specialises in Steyrische accordions. They also teach how to play them: both regular weekly or bi-weekly lessons and weekend workshops are available.
  • Vecchioni (in German) from Essen imports Bugari Armando accordions, as well as own brand (Vecchioni) accordions. They also repair accordions, and sell parts.

  • Musikhaus Weber (in German) from Ibbenbüren sells amongst others accordions (piano accordions and Steyrische)
  • Musikhaus Zupan Pur from Heinsberg-Karken, owned by Gerd Aufdenkamp, is the Zupan distributor for the Benelux

The Netherlands

  • Knop & Toets (in Dutch) is a market place for second hand accordions, set up by Rob van de Bunt. Placing an ad is free, as far as I can see. The site also features a concert diary, and a link list.
  • Antoon Reijnen Accordeons (in Dutch) from Wijchen, Gelderland, had forty years of experience in tuning and repairing accordions -- he died February 2007. He also sold accordions, performed and taught.
  • Squeezebox (in Dutch) from Eygelshoven (near Kerkrade), owned by Ron Janssen, repairs and tunes chromatic and diatonic accordions. They also sell Rumberger microphone systems.

Norway

  • Internordic Group (in Norwegian) from Hundhammern sell Italian accordions, in particular Ballone Burini, Scandalli, Paolo Soprani, Sem, and their own brand, Maestro -- also from their online shop. They also repair and tune accordions Their website also contains some informative pages about e.g. tuning, transporting accordions, and amplification/microphones, and (private) advertisements for second hand instruments.

Portugal

  • Serenata in Alcobaça is an "accordion school of avant-garde", led by Anibal Leão Freire. They offer music lessons for classical, jazz and popular music, and organise stages in cooperation with accordionists like Friedrich Lips, Frederic Deschamps, V.Semionov, Peter Soave, Inaki Diegues, J.M.Marroni etc. They also sell accordions; they are a Pigini distributor.

Russia

  • Accordion Norte is an on-line shop selling books, methods, CDs and sheet music

Spain

  • Etno-Música from Arroyo de la Miel sells "musical instruments from the five continents", including a few models of (2-row) diatonic accordions.
  • Musicbox (in Spanish) from Spain sells diatonic accordions

Sweden

  • Dragspelsservice (in Swedish) in Björkenäs, Jämjö, owned by Rolf Mattsson, sells new and used accordions, tunes and repairs accordion, and installs MIDI and microphones
  • Janne Persson from Norrala sells and repairs accordions.

Switzerland

  • Music shop Madeleine (in French) from Payerne sells Maugein accordions, as well as other brands,
  • Marcato from Lucerne sells CD's, cassettes, books, instruments, etc.

United Kingdom

  • Melodeons Online (formerly Castagnari Express), owned by John Garner, imports and sells Castagnari accordions.
  • Jimmy Clinkscale Musicstation from Galashiels is the importer of Beltuna for the UK and Ireland, and also stocks Crucianelli, Guerrini, Paolo Soprani, Hohner, Delicia, Baile and Parrot, as well as MIDI.
  • Geoff Holter Accordions from Darlington sells and repairs accordions. Geoff Holter founded the business in 1987 when Bell Accordions, where he was manager, closed their northern workshops. His staff also used to work there.

  • Stan Mayhew is an accordion tuner and repairer with 20 years factory experience. Address: 1 Haystoun Close, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom, BN22 0EP. Telephone: 01323 508362; email: accordionstan@btinternet.com
  • Stepan Pasicznyk (formerly of The Ukrainians) has set up a "buy and sell" accordion list
  • Windband ( windband@cableinet.co.uk) is a music shop in Shrewsbury, England, selling new and used concertinas, melodeons and accordions.

USA

  • Accordion Center in New York is owned by Angelo Mastra. He sells new and second hand accordions, as well as accessories.
  • Bell Duovox from New York. sells new and second hand accordions (piano, chromatic, diatonic), including MIDI accordions. Aldo Mencaccini (co-owner with Lou Lazaro) provides repairs and tuning.
  • Borel's in Pt. Arthur, Texas, sells Goodlin accordions

  • Cesar's Music Enterprise, Inc. in Chicago, IL, sells Di'Marco and Di'Carlo diatonic and piano accordions, as well as Hohner accordions.
  • The Erin Breeze a.k.a. www.buttonaccordion.com is a California-based online shop that specializes in button accordion, melodeon and wooden flute sales.
  • Gavilan Custom Accordions a.k.a. Just another Acordéon Store in Texas from Fort Worth, Texas sells customized German and Italian diatonic models (for Norteño and Conjunto) under the Gavilan brand name. They've also published Just Another Acordeón Book by Steve Clary, on learning to play the 3 row button accordion in G/C/F.

  • John's Accordions, located in Noblesville, Indiana, specialises in the repair and reconditioning of piano accordions, and sells secondhand instruments.
  • Patrick McClune is the East Coast dealer for Cairdin accordions
  • Mike's Accordions from Rocky Ford, Colorado, sells sells Ranco Accordions and Master MIDI accordions

  • Music Music from Bradington, Florida sells (Mexican-made) Gabernelli diatonic accordions.
  • Allen Puwalski buys too many accordions, so he wants to sell some
  • The Roberts family from San Leandro, California, love and sell Chinese accordions

  • Route 99 Musical Instruments from Woodburn, Oregon, sells accordions and other Tejano musical instruments. New (Excelsior, Gabbanelli, Hohner, Weltmeister etc.) and used, and they do repairs as well.
  • Schatzie Music sells Swiss folklore recordings (in the US), amongst others of Schwyzerörgeli and accordion duos
  • Accordion Exchange, owned by Jerry Venturi from Madera, California, claims to be the largest used accordion store on the Web.

  • Mike Verban, a.k.a. the Accordyman from Milwaukee, Michigan, sells and repairs accordions. He also performs within Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.
  • Weltmeister Online (weltmeisteronline.com) is an American subsidiary of Weltmeister who sell new Weltmeister accordions of all types plus accessories.

Novelties and Gifts

  • Sunshine Glass Creations (Joanna Arnold) makes accordion-related stained glass items
  • Motti Mizrachi has a statue of an Accordionist on a Column for sale (1992, Bronze, 40x15x10 cm., Edition of 9. Price: US $ 1,750.- ).

Magazines, Newspapers and Organisations

  • The Bill Sharp Trust was set up in memory of Scottish accordionist Bill Sharp, to provide an annual scholarship to a young accordionist to enhance their musical development.
  • The International Accordion Society

International

  • A list of instrument magazines from Dirty Linen describes Accordion-Gram, Accordion Monthly News, Accordion World and Concertina and Squeezebox

France

  • Accordéon Magazine (in French)

Hungary

  • Magyar Harmonika Társaság (the Hungarian Accordion Association) aims to promote appreciation of the accordion, amongst others by organising master courses, meetings and festivals; they co-organised the 2003 Coupe Mondiale. They also publish CDs with (Hungarian) accordion music.

Japan

  • In a list of music organisations: the All Japan Accordion League

Sweden

  • The society Klubbkontakt för Mellansveriges Dragspelsklubbar (in Swedish) publishes Klubkontakt (in Swedish)

United Kingdom

  • The Concertina Newsletter isn't published anymore, but there are stillsome back issues available. It was edited by Neil Wayne

USA

  • The Accordion Federation of North America was founded in 1955 to stimulate the general public's interest in the accordion and to improve teaching. It organises a yearly festival in Los Angeles, California. Their 53rd annual festival will be held August 15 - 17, 2008.

Museums and Collections

  • AkkZent is an accordion museum in Sissach, Switzerland, and a society for promotion of the accordion.

  • At the John Brown Museum you can see the melodeon that played at John Brown's funeral (that's the John Brown of 'John Brown's body')
  • Svend Mikkelsen's accordion collection contains all kinds of accordions (and concertinas) from the period between 1850 and 1945. He has collected information about 857 manufactures from all over the wold.

  • Romalt Harmonika Museum in Randers, Denmark is a private accordion museums with many accordions (and bandoneons and concertinas).
  • Stigs Dragspelsmuseum med Klock- och Allmogemuseum (in Swedish) in Hägghult Lönsboda has Sweden's largest collections of playable accordions, some 630 of them.
  • In aller Munde (in German) is an exhibition in the Technical Museum in Vienna, from Janary 24 - March 30, 2003, about free-reed instruments. Part of the exhibition is on loan from the Deutsche Harmonika-Museum from Trossingen, part is contributed by the Technical Museum (focussed on Austrian instruments and music).

    In the Zupan House in Menges, Slovenia there is a museum with a large collection of vintage accordions (including Zupan accordions, of course), as well as documented history of accordion making in Slovenia and surrounding countries.

Music Publishers and Sheet Music

Sheet music (or MIDI) on the Net

  • transcriptions of Balkan Tunes from the Balkan Tunes magazine [these pages still exist, but the transcriptions have gone :-(
  • Arthur Banks has arrangements for free reeds instruments (baritone and treble English concertinas, McCann style duet concertinas, button accordions and mouth organs), available as midi files and gif files of the scores.
  • Dan Beimborn's Virtual Tunebook

  • traditional music for accordion, (in Spanish) in PDF and MIDI format (a.o. Brazil, Lustige Nakht)
  • One of the eleven folk-music files in folk.zip, cornrigs.mid - "Corn Rigs", by Robert Burns, sequenced by Glen F. Marshall, is described as `a nice concertina tune'
  • Eddy Buycks accordion site with sheet music for a number of tunes he wrote or arranged, and a few accordion cartoons (The site is only accessible between 09:00 and 21:00 Central European Time, it seems).

  • Stephan Claassen's MIDI tunes with amongst others tunes for one-row diatonic accordion Cajun, Irish, Swedish, Dutch) and a tune for two-row ("Hakketoone"),
  • The site of Philippe Coquemont (in French) contains arrangements for accordion of amongst others César Frank's "Prelude, Fuge et Variation" (for free bass accordion) and Erik Satie's "1ere gymnopedie" (for free bass or Stradella bass), as well as educational material, including notes about registrations, keyboard layouts (for C system chromatic button accordion), and an essay for composer, on how to write accordionistically.
  • Tunes from the French Alps in tablature, with the normal dots, and in MIDI (and downloadable in Tabledit or abc format), On Alexandre Coronel's website for L'Escolo de la Mountagno (in French)

  • Dait Da Zansal (in French) is a site with tablature for diatonic accordion for mostly Breton and French music.
  • Sheet music for a few Danish tunes
  • One of the tunes in Richard Darsie's TuneWeb is a hornpipe called The Concertina

  • Luc Dördregter's Tune of the month
  • Dragan Savic's Tunebook with a few Yugoslavian folk tunes and songs.
  • French chansons, (in French) texts with MIDI tunes for a number of them.

  • Traditional French tunes in abc format. Bourrees, mazurkas and the like.
  • Musette compositions by Michael Ganian
  • David Glenn's Irish tunes for the anglo concertina

  • Gloria's Memory Lane - Polka MIDI files (and some Old time tunes, waltzes and country as well).
  • Jean-Marc Henry is a diatonic accordion player from the la Manche department of France. His site includes sheet music for amongst others folk music from Normandy (in abc format), as well as tablature for some tunes.
  • irishtunes.net is Devin McCabe's collection of hist transcriptions of some (mostly) Irish tunes, in GIF and abc format.

  • Garry Kaluzny from Ann Arbor, Michigan, plays Cajun one-row accordion in Cajun and Zydeco band Maison Bleue. His site has some Cajun and Zydeco tunes with tablature in PDF format (with the regular dots and chords as well)
  • Geen idee (no idea), an accordion tune by Kees Koot
  • Michael Löhr's Small Collection of Folk Music.

  • There's a bagpipe tune called "Accordion Man"
  • Michigan Music has a collection of Past Tunes of the Day -- from March 14 to June 14, 2004 anyway. Some American, some Irish, and about half with chords. They also sell sheet music books and videos for accordion and concertina: amongst other Hal Leonard and Mel Bay books, and various tutor books and video for Conjunto button accordion, Irish button accordion and concertina.
  • Arrangements for accordion orchestras by Werner Partner, of amongst others Béla Bartok's Rumanian Dances and Astor Piazzolla's Close Your Eyes And Listen. (in German)

  • gammeldans music (in Norwegian) provided by Kim Pedersen; some of it sheet music (Noteworthy format), some of it MIDI, and some of it as sound files, of diatonic and chromatic accordion.
  • Dean Myran's Snowplow Music provides sheet music for mostly polkas and waltzes. It also has listings of clubs, bands, festivals, calendar and many polka links.
  • Diatonic accordion group De Trekkebuuls from Hengelo (Gelderland), with a library of MIDI files for diatonic accordion on their site.

  • Vinny's MIDI music page, with golden oldies recorded by Vinny on his MIDI accordion.
  • Allen Zagel's (polka) MIDI files

Music Publishers

  • Accordion Music (in Swedish) in Luleå, Sweden, specialises in accordion sheet music and CDs
  • Accordion4me, (in Dutch) set up by Evert Grem, is, or aims to be, a catalogue of works and arrangements of Dutch composers and arrangers. Of some works samples in MIDI format are available. [that page doesn't work for me, but Accordion4me's main page (in Dutch) does]
  • Mike Anderman has concertina books for sale

  • The Balkan Tunes magazine
  • Dutch Music publisher De Bonte Hond (in Dutch) has published a series of Klezmer music books, arranged by Mart Heijmans.
  • At www.buchhandel.de, (in German) the Verzeichnis Lieferbarer Musikalien contains a few thousand accordion titles; so many that searching for "Akkordeon" will simply return a "too many results" errors. A reasonable list is returned if you select "Erscheinungsjahr" from 1 to 1999. Searching for "Akkordeonorchester" also works. (You need to search in "VLM Musikalien")

  • Elkan & Schildknecht, Emil Carelius (in Swedish) has published a number of sheet music albums for accordion.
  • Nando Francia (in Italian) is an Italian folk music composer. The site contains sheet music (in tiff format) and MIDI files of his compositions.
  • Musikverlag Gentner Hartmann (in German) from Germany publishes music for accordion orchestras, accordion solo, duo, or chamber music, and other instruments.

  • Lars-Åke Gustafsson teaches accordion. He has also published some accordion sheet music.
  • Music Graphics Press publishes amongst others a large collections of original works and transcriptions by Anthony Galla-Rini and Fabio Scala's "Accordion Adventures" music course.
  • Música Argentina, from Buenos Aires, led by Agustín Raffo, sells tango sheet music for amongst others accordion and bandoneon. They can also provide custom arrangements, for amongst others accordion, bandoneon or orquesta tipica; the arrangers are Juan "Pollo" Raffo and Julian Hasse (for bandoneon). They also sell bandoneons.

  • Musica Bona sells Czech classical sheet music, for amongst others accordion.
  • net4music is a site with downloadable sheet music for sale (with previews of the first page, mostly), with at the moment some 100 items for accordion. Apart from sheet music, it also has articles about practice, composition, improvisation, etc.
  • Note & Notes

  • Jane Peterer Music Corporation (JPMC) publishes amongst others books with sheet music for accordion. They are the exclusive North American distributor for Hablig/Ancora, Van Teeseling and Edition Melodie Zürich, all of which publish many accordion books, and also for the PICK record label, which is strong in Swiss folk music.
  • Accordiona Music Sales & Video Productions Intl., a.k.a. polka-store.com, in Saratosa, Florida, sells books, a calendar, videos, tapes & CDs, sheet music, and musical animals
  • Music publisher Preissler publishes instruction books, single editions, and scores for accordion ensembles and orchestras

  • theaccordionclub.com is set up to allow members to purchase original copies of out of print sheet music. Per month 20 songs will be uploaded in PDF format, for members to preview.
  • 2K Music Distributors from Blackie, AB, Canada, sells Irish accordion tutors.
  • ZIK (Publishing Group) sells Astor Piazzolla sheet music for piano and for guitar and violin.

Recordings

CDs

  • Accordion Music (in Swedish) in Luleå, Sweden, specialises in accordion sheet music and CDs
  • CordAria is a CD label that publishes mainly accordion CDs
  • FinPro sells Finnish music cassettes and CDs, amongst others one by Viola Turpeinen

  • Historical Accordion Recordings owned by Ernie Horne, sells (reissues of) - you guessed it - historical accordion recordings
  • JMK Accordion Specials, owned by John Kristoffersen, Greenwich, Connecticut, sells Scandinavian accordion CDs, in various genres: entertainment, gammeldans, (modern) classical, accordion orchestra, etc.
  • Magyar Harmonika Társaság (the Hungarian Accordion Association) aims to promote appreciation of the accordion, amongst others by organising master courses, meetings and festivals; they co-organised the 2003 Coupe Mondiale. They also publish CDs with (Hungarian) accordion music.

  • Musette anthologies Paris Musette vol. 1 Paris Musette vol. 2 and Paris Musette vol. 3
  • Rykodisc albums featuring accordions
  • Schatzie Music sells Swiss folklore recordings (in the US), amongst others of Schwyzerorgeli and accordion duos

  • A Swedish CD club that brings out three accordion CDs every month (in Swedish)

Videos

  • Lumic International sells accordion videos of the CAISTER accordion festival and of bayanist Alexander Korbakov
  • Accordiona Music Sales & Video Productions Intl., a.k.a. polka-store.com, in Saratosa, Florida, sells books, a calendar, videos, tapes & CDs, sheet music, and musical animals
  • tranches de video (in French) is a video blog by Pierre Poussard, with video (concert) recordings of various French accordionists

  • Scottish Traditional Music Project has published two accordion tuition videos, both with Sandy Brechin: "Scottish Accordion for Beginners" and "Learn Scottish Accordion" for intermediate players. (and he is a good tutor -- I've had the pleasure of attending a workshop he gave at a Folkworks weekend in Darlington)
  • In The Squeezebox Video John Young talks to you about how the accordion is constructed, gives an outline of musical theory and notation, and demonstrates how the accordion is played. It is aimed at beginning and intermediate 'ear' players, and concentrates on left hand techniques.

Online Audio

  • The Balkan, Greek and West Asian MP3 library contains over 100 complete recordings in MP3 format, free.
  • Diatonic accordion soundclips provided (but not all played) by Eduard Bekker
  • A two-hour edition of Dutch radio channel VPRO's Grensverkeer, (in Dutch) presented by Bart Vonk, was completely devoted to the accordion; it is available in real-audio (two time one hour), and includes genres as diverse as baroque, musette, merengue, Tex Mex and Irish.

  • On www.harmonicahoek.nl: What the diatonic accordion sounds like, (in Dutch) various (MP3) sound clips.
  • La Cueva de Krak (in Spanish) with tangos in RealAudio and MIDI format
  • On his music page, Matti Larborn has recorded amongst others a tango, a foxtrot and various other Finnish tunes

  • gammeldans music (in Norwegian) provided by Kim Pedersen; some of it sheet music (Noteworthy format), some of it MIDI, and some of it as sound files, of diatonic and chromatic accordion.
  • Polka Madnes is an Internet polka show in Real-Audio format, compiled by 15 year old DJ Nick Koryluk from Long Island, New York. The show is updated every two weeks.
  • Bob Tedrow's audio quiz -- can you identify the concertinas from their sound?

  • @ccordionscandinavia, (temporarily closed, unfortunately) set up by Håkan Widar, features accordion records and and a picture gallery of legendary accordionists. His sound archive contains Real Audio sound clips of Guido Deiro, Pietro Frosini, John Kimmel and Alexander Prince. He also teaches the accordion.

Schools, Conservatories, Universities and Teachers

Conservatories

France

  • At the International Higher Music Academy Gaillard Benjamin Oleinikoff teaches accordion.

Hungary

  • László Ernyei teaches accordion at the Music Teachers Training Institute of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest

Ukraine

  • At the Faculty of Folk Instruments of the Chaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev acting Professor Cherkazova Eugeniy teaches (piano) accordion, and Prof. Vladimir Besfamilnov, Prof. Nikola Davidov, Prof. Mykola Rizol and many others teach bayan.

United Kingdom

  • Una Bryson-Cunningham teaches free-bass accordion at the Ian Tomlin School of Music, part of Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland

USA

  • Lana Gore has been teaching accordion at the Wayne State University School for the Fine and Performing Arts since 1984. Also, Peter Soave teaches accordion/bayan and bandoneon.

Schools

  • Musikfachgeschäft Egon Spengler (in German) from Gaimersheim specialises in Steyrische accordions. They also teach how to play them: both regular weekly or bi-weekly lessons and weekend workshops are available.

Andorra

  • Apart from regular lessons, Harmonia Music School in Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra, also organises summer schools, and an International Accordion Competition, "Gran Premi d' Escaldes-Engordany", the 3rd edition of which will be held September 23 - 26, 2005.

Canada

  • The Northern Academy of Music in Grande Prairie, AB, provides accordion lessons.

Denmark

  • At Helsingør kommunale Musikskole (in Danish)

France

  • Accordez....Accordéons (in French) from Paris, owned by Gilles Briselance, sells Fisitalia accordions, and repairs accordions. They also teach chromatic and diatonic button accordion.

Germany

  • Sabine Koblizek teaches accordion at the Musikschule Katzelsdorf (in German)
  • Musikschule Nawrot (in German) with branches in Bad Saulgau, Ostrach and Altshausen, was founded by Wladimir Nawrot (who taught amongst others piano accordion and Steyrische). After his death in 2006 the music school is now owned by his sons, Roman and Manuel.
  • Angelika Lüdke teaches amongst others accordion at Musikschule Wetter (in German)

Italy

  • Accademia Musicale (in Italian) in Caselle di Altivole, director: Francesco Visentin

The Netherlands

  • Muziekschool De Hoogste Noot in Ede (in Dutch)
  • At cultural centre Parnassos (in Dutch) in Utrecht Irena Filippova teaches accordion

Norway

  • The Musikk Instrument Akademiet in Sarpsborg, Norway is an instrument maker school, that offers studies within instrumentbuilding - including accordion. In addition to the school's exam its students take a German Craft Certificate.

Portugal

  • A list of music schools in Portugal, (in Portuguese) or possibly secondary schools with a music specialisation? Per school, apart from the address information, the list of subjects taught is listed (if available, Acordeão is the first in the list).
  • Serenata in Alcobaça is an "accordion school of avant-garde", led by Anibal Leão Freire. They offer music lessons for classical, jazz and popular music, and organise stages in cooperation with accordionists like Friedrich Lips, Frederic Deschamps, V.Semionov, Peter Soave, Inaki Diegues, J.M.Marroni etc. They also sell accordions; they are a Pigini distributor.

Russia

  • Russian instrument ensemble EMMA from Togliatti, Samara Region, Russia, play Russian folk songs, Russia and foreign classics, variations of folk melodies and also original arrangements and compositions; They won a first prize at the 1999 Klingenthal competition. Their bayan player, Vasily Kormishin, is a graduate of the Gnessin Academy in Moscow, where he studied with prof. Semionov. All other members are conservatory graduates as well, and all are teachers of the Togliatti Musical College and the Children's Music School No.1 named after M.A.Balakirev.

USA

  • Accordions 4 All is a piano accordion school which offers accordion group classes Folsom, Roseville, and Sacramento, California area for children of 7 years old and above.
  • Young Musicians of America YMA is a private, non-profit music school located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with studios in Denver, Littleton and Colorado Springs, Colorado. They teach about 250 students weekly in private lessons.

Yugoslavia

  • Accordion schools and teachers in Yugoslavia (in Serbian)

Universities

Germany

  • Ingrid Sedelmayr teaches accordion at the Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten (in German)

Teachers

International

  • A list of Button accordion teachers worldwide

Argentina

  • Antonio Barenghi (in Spanish) teaches accordion in Capital Federal, Argentinia: chamamé, cumbia, ranchera, waltz, classical music, modern music, etc. Apart from teaching, he plays in Los Musiqueros Entrerrianos.

China

  • Wu Jie

France

  • Association des Professeurs Hohner, (in French) Hohner-"accredited" accordion/piano/organ teachers

Spain

  • Manuel Torres from Madrid, Spain, is distributor for Acordeones Damiani. He also teaches the accordion, and he publishes sheet music.

Sweden

  • Lars-Åke Gustafsson teaches accordion. He has also published some accordion sheet music.

Switzerland

  • An article scanned from L'Accord about Lionel Chapuis (in French)

United Kingdom

  • David Bowen is an accordion tutor and performer from Inverness, Scotland. He has played with many dance bands over the last 30 years or so, on a 1927/1928 Hohner Morino 4 with free bass.
  • Beverly Loates from Colchester or thereabouts is a Licentiate of the Victoria College of Music (Teacher's Diploma). She is a member of the Colchester Accordion Showband.

USA

  • Irish Button Accordion Instructors in the US
  • Naum M. Koyfman, living in Marietta, GA, teaches accordion and Bayan. Originally he is from Odessa, Ukraine.
  • Joe Sardina teaches the accordion in San Diego, California.

Yugoslavia

  • Dragan Radosavljevic (in Serbian) is director of music school "Dr.Vojislav Vuckovic".

Instruments

Instruments

  • Terry Knight's accordion and concertina pages with diagrams of key and button layouts for various types of accordions and concertinas.

Accordions

Piano Accordions

  • The (visible) parts of the accordion (in Dutch)

Diatonic Accordions

  • www.harmonikatwente.nl (in Dutch) is a site about the Steyrische accordion, with amongst others pictures of instruments and artists, and a diary of (diatonic) accordion events in the Netherlands (To get round the flash buttons, try this directory )
  • History of the (diatonic) accordion (in French) with the birth of the accordion, pictures, the accordion in Corrèze (the main region in France for accordion production, with amongst others Maugein), instrument makers, and the bal musette.
  • A discussion on the Irish Box: to B/C or to C#/D?

  • What's a melodeon?
  • The Melodeon Discussion Pages by Orest Lechnowsky aims to discuss all aspects of playing and learning the melodeon. It includes pages on music theory for diatonic accordionists, how to learn, how to choose a (type of) accordion, etc.
  • OzBox is an Australian / Queensland-German button accordion website, by Mark Schuster and Maria Zann. Both play the accordion (Maria mainly plays fiddle, though). The site features amongst others biographies of players, some recordings, and information about some (Australian) accordion repairers, and an explanation about styles: apparently, the Southern Australian Style is Anglo-Celtic derived (one-row), and the Queensland Cross-Row Style is European derived: more German etc. immigrants settled in Queensland, it seems. They also have some CDs for sale: some of their own recordings, some historical.

  • Tim Willets' Button Box FAQ

Concertinas

  • Gilbert Carrère's site about The concertina in France (in French)
  • A bit on the history of the concertina
  • Toby Koosman has collected concertina related links (!) This includes a photo of On-Line Squeezers at the NE Squeeze-In

  • Jason O'Rourke's concertina page
  • The concertina in South Africa and traditional South African Boer music
  • Bob Tedrow's audio quiz -- can you identify the concertinas from their sound?

English Concertinas

  • Accompagnying the BBC programme Local Heroes: a biography of Charles Wheatstone and how to make a concertina from bits of wood and the like
  • Bob McKay's English Concertinas page
  • Helmut Wegenkittl's Virtual Wheatstone English Concertina [Flash] -- click on the buttons to listen to original captured sounds of his tina. (It's pretty tough to play a legato melody, though...)

Anglo Concertinas

  • David Glenn's information about the Anglo concertina
  • Lloyd McDaniel's Anglo
  • Leon Peek's chord charts for the left hand on the C/G Anglo

  • Pied Piper (Brenda Williams)' Learn to play the [Anglo] Concertina -- by ear. One huge page.

Duet Concertinas

  • Marc Lamb has fingering charts for 60 and 61 button McCann system Lachenal Edeophones, a 48 button Crane duet system and a 46 button Hayden duet system. He's also got a fingering chart for the Castagnari 'Rik' A/D/G accordion.
  • Bob Knaus plays a Wheatstone McCann duet concertina He has a few photocopies of a 1930's tutor published by Wheatstone for sale.

Chemnitzers

  • Theodore Kloba's The (Chemnitzer) Concertina Novice with keyboard layouts and scales charts, pictures of the inside of a Chemnitzer, and for a comparison, a page with pictures of other types of free-reed instruments.
  • Ernie Moch's Chemnitzer concertina page has a gallery of Chemnitzer concertina photos.

Bandoneons

  • Some information about the bandoneon, with diagrams of the keyboard layout, provided by David Hodges, bandoneon player of the Guerrilla Parlour Ensemble.
  • Greg's & Blaise's Bandoneon and Tango pages with links, a list of bandoneon players, and a mailing list.

Other Free Reed Instruments

  • For a wider view, the Harmonium pages contains a Free reed Taxonomy, and free reed links as well
  • If you are looking for otherkeyboard instruments, try Mario Saquel's keyboard page
  • The Symphonetta (in Dutch) is an exotic branch of the family: more or less like you what you would get if you would cut a bandoneon in halves and put the halves next to each other

The Accordion in Other Arts

Movies

  • On February 10, 2002, The Hessische Rundfunk showed Georg Bense's Akkordeon, accordéon, (in German) a documentary about the past and present of the accordion.
  • `Stavros Kouperakis' plays the accordion in the soap Guiding Light
  • Listed under Instrumentals from (Hindi) Films : 'All Time Favourites on Accordion' ($12.95 INS1002 MELODY) by K.Bharat Suraj Sathe and 'Film Hits' ($12.95 INS1027 MELODY) with Joshaf H Manohari Singh on accordion, available from S. K. Productions.

  • In Toy Story, Buzz (Lightyear) was originally a tin musician with an accordion and drum.
  • Verhängnis is a film about a Russian tramp with an accordion in Berlin (that played at the Rotterdam Film Festival last January)

Literary Mentions

Poems

  • Maarten van der Elzen: Het innerlijke is poëzie : Gare de Namur (in Dutch)
  • Postcard from Florida, for an Old Friend by Zack Finley
  • Bob Holman: What is it

  • Jackson Mac Low's poem cater loaf is rather modern
  • Poetry Brian Ross Likes includes poems by himself about the accordion
  • Serious Poems by David P. Shreiner. 'Future Woman':[...] / the timeless blue of infinite space stretching around / into itself like an endless concertina's tones. That suggests a very good change of bellows direction :-)

  • The poem A river in summer by Ko Un (that's the English translation)

Novels

  • Boken om Sara och de andra i Broköping, (in Swedish) in which Sara's mother plays the accordion, was the result of a writing project
  • In Peter Gelman's 'Moonifest Destiny', a concertina is played in chapter 20, and laying tramped to splinters in chapter 29

Short Stories

  • Did you know the boy?, a story by Jonathan Adam Klein
  • Frozen Brownies, a short story by Kevin Plumb (with a lovely punchline)

Paintings and Sculptures

  • Sunshine Glass Creations (Joanna Arnold) makes accordion-related stained glass items
  • CD Cover art of all the CDs reviewed at the Classical Free-Reed' Free-Reed Review
  • In the Yugo Next Gallery : a sculpture of an Accordion by James Diresta

  • Paintings by Youji Maruyama : A Dream Of The Accordion and Accordion
  • Paintings by Rodney Matthews :one of an insect playing an accordion, and two dancing, one of a band of insects
  • A Squeezebox painting by Adam McCauley

  • A sculpture of an accordion playing woman with child by Inuit artist Elijah Michael. A side view of the same
  • Motti Mizrachi has a statue of an Accordionist on a Column for sale (1992, Bronze, 40x15x10 cm., Edition of 9. Price: US $ 1,750.- ).
  • Napachie Pootoogook is one of the Inuit Women Artists: Voices from Cape Dorset. The cover of that book is one of her paintings, featuring an accordion playing woman.

  • The homepage picture for Stoli vodka.
  • Untitled (1990), a painting by Steve Lloyd Wilson
  • Wolfgang Wundram (1922 - 1995) painted Bandoneon Triptichon 1 and Bandoneon Triptichon 3, dedicated to Juan Jose Mosalini.

Humour

  • An Accordion Baby cartoon
  • Dave Barry: Accordion repair crisis
  • Eddy Buycks accordion site with sheet music for a number of tunes he wrote or arranged, and a few accordion cartoons (The site is only accessible between 09:00 and 21:00 Central European Time, it seems).

  • Musician jokes with even two accordion specific jokes.Best one: The patron Saint of accordion -- Our Lady of Spain.
  • A Crabby Road cartoon about National Accordion Awareness Month
  • 123greetings.com has some Accordion Day Ecards. Accordion Day is January 13th, it seems

  • A Dutch Jokes (in Dutch) page. Let's try to translate number 5: A plane crashes in the jungle. The only survivor is John Woodhouse [a Dutch accordionist]. With his accordion he goes on his way back to civilisation. Suddenly a lion appears. John Woodhouse begins to play his accordion and the lion doesn't do anything to him. A moment later a second lion appears. John Woodhouse starts playing a bit louder and this lion doesn't do anything to him either. Then a third lion appears. John Woodhouse plays even louder, but the lion keeps on going towards him and eats him. There are two monkeys sitting in a tree. Says the one to the other: "I told you. When the deaf one comes: he'll get him!" On the same page one of the jokes that also appeared in the Journal des Enfant: A drunk enters a music shop and says: "I'ld like that red trumpet and that white accordion". Says the shop keeper: "You can have the fire extinguisher, but you can't have the central heating"
  • Wayne Lutzow has collected a list of Accordion Bumper stickers
  • Music jokes collected by HMTrad's Wendy, accordion jokes (plus other instruments) and the silliest discussions from the accordion mailinglist (they were very silly at times. like the extensive Albertiddles thread).

  • "Excuse me, Sir, could you inform the man next to you that his accordion has been nicked?"
  • Brooke McEldowney's Pibgorn comic from December 10, 2003 onwards featurs an accordion as a fearsome weapon.
  • If you may believe Gianni Piccini, Gigi di Burino (in Italian) from the mythical Mercatale Val Di Pesa (in Italy, near Firenze) has a 120 bass (or 120 octave?) accordion worth 100 million Italian Lires. But that might just be my lousy Italian...

History

    A history of the accordion (in Danish) written by Torild Aassen of the accordion school on Sydfyn. (in Danish)
  • An article on Vaudeville duo The Great Boudinis
  • History of the (diatonic) accordion (in French) with the birth of the accordion, pictures, the accordion in Corrèze (the main region in France for accordion production, with amongst others Maugein), instrument makers, and the bal musette.

  • A bit on the history of the concertina
  • A history of the free reed from the harmonium point of view
  • A history of the accordion (in German) by Gerhard Schlehuber (based on Walter Maurer)

  • An accordion history
  • Roger Wadier's book Accordéons (in French) has sections about accordion history, instruments, producers, etc.

Venues

  • In Minotel AlaMarenda in Grimentz, Switzerland, the proprietor entertains his guests on the accordion, in a family atmosphere.
  • Stacey Freeman's Favorite Napa Valley Accommodation is the Calistoga Wayside Inn. She comments: While you're there, ask Carmine for his accordion wake-up call.
  • A Concertina bar!

  • Macgregor House, a dorm at MIT, has a house accordion.
  • Vilnius in your pocket recommends of restaurant Magde: "Don't miss their accordion music on Thursday and Friday."
  • Restaurant Le Petit Robinson (in French) in Paris hosts the TV show "Dimanche en Guinguette" on FR3.

  • Restaurant La Taverne Beaumontoise (in French) in Beaumont sur Oise, near Paris, features accordion music to dance to almost every Saturday.

Other

  • An on-line accordeonclub, (in Dutch) for discussions and new about the accordion
  • No respect: I want people to stop telling accordion jokes, an article by Brian Brennan in the Calgary Herald Online
  • Gospel 'accordion' to Joe Caringi is an article in the Toronto Star about accordionist and accordion shop owner Joe Caringi -- and Hans Palm's pages

  • The Incompleat Accordionist by "Cybergeezer" Bill Cooke, who invites you to follow his progress as he starts from scratch learning to play chromatic button accordion.
  • From an article from le Quotidien des électeurs (in French) I gather that the former French prime minister and (former?) minister of Finance, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing plays accordion. Perhaps even in the election campaign: Telle est aussi la question del'élection. Entre un Giscard qui joue de l'accordéon ou un Clinton qui joue du saxo, le ton est donné. A qui faire confiance?
  • Dave Hedges has been bitten by the accordinism bug. Lovely picture of Yoda!

  • Mark Hereld has collected a few accordion trivia
  • The eminent Russian explorer, Dr. William Junker, (born in 1840), began his African travels about 1876, exploring portions of Tunis and Upper Egypt. In 1880 he went into the heart of Africa, [...] I venture to say that when English geographers see his map they will forget his bad English and all else, and only see honest Junker trudging patiently with his tiny caravan, making music with his accordion to the wondering tribe of the Welle-Makwa Valley, and collating valuable facts for civilized mankind.
  • Squeeze play, an article from the Star-Ledger by Stuart Miller about the come-back of the accordion

  • Seb's accordion page
  • Yahoo clubs for people interested in the accordion

Dutch Pages/Nederlandse Pagina's

Orkesten

  • De Almelonia's uit Almelo
  • Het accordeonorkest van muziekvereniging "Excelsior 64" uit Ammerstol in Zuid Holland speelt voornamelijk wat lichtere en eenvoudige stukken. De dirigente is een 3e jaars studente van het Rotterdams conservatorium. Momenteel telt het orkest 9 leden, maar uitbreiding is welkom. Contact: Hans Taverne
  • accordeonverenigingen in Amsterdam (8 stuks plus de NOVAM-afdeling)

  • Hollandia Showorkest uit Apeldoorn speelt allerlei soorten muziek, maar vooral populaire showmuziek.
  • Apeldoorns Accordeonorkest De Rigolo's
  • Accordeonvereniging Arnhem Zuid (in Dutch)

  • Accordeonvereniging Vol Van Wilskracht uit Arnhem heeft een beginnersorkest en een orkest voor gevorderden.
  • Een pagina voor Accordeonvereniging De Golfbrekers (in Dutch) uit Callantsoog, en voor Het Jaques Schermer Ensemble.
  • Nelly Wijsbek zong bij Accordeonclub Crescendo (1941-1943), rond 1960 bij Kwartet Jo Budie, en eind jaren 60 in Sextet Johnny Holshuysen - dat is John Woodhouse.

  • Accordeonorkest Knop & Toets, Denekamp.
  • Accordeon Vereniging Drechtsteden uit Dordrecht.
  • Accordeonvereniging Musica uit Duiven

  • Trekharmonicagroep Positief uit Emmen treedt op en organiseert ludieke acties om geld in te zamelen voor goede doelen.
  • Accordionorkest Ancora uit Enschede
  • Een recentie van een concert van het Hengelo's Accordeon Orkest uit Hengelo (Ov) (gratis registratie nodig)

  • Harmonicagroep De Trekkebuuls uit Hengelo (Gelderland)
  • Accordeonvereninging Apollo '77 uit Hilvarenbeek
  • De Eerste Hoornse Accordeon Vereniging

  • IJmuidens Roem werd oktober 2004 opgeheven, na bijna 80 jaar.
  • Accordeonvereniging Elsene uit Nieuwstadt (Limburg) heeft zo'n 20 spelende leden. Het repertoire bestaat uit klassieke tot moderne muziek.
  • De drie orkesten van Rotterdamse AccordeonVereniging Philharmonica staan onder leiding van dirigente Ria van Dinther.

  • Zeeuws-Vlaamse Accordeonvereniging La Musica uit Terneuzen
  • Accordion Ensemble "Con Brio" "Con Brio" uit Tilburg heeft twee orkesten.
  • De Veendammer Accordeonvereniging "FRESCO" is opgericht in 1998. De repetities zijn iedere donderdag in Muntendam.

  • Accordeonvereniging Paolo Soprani uit Weesp
  • Con Amore vierde in 2003 haar 25-jarig jubileum
  • Accordeonorkest Melodia Zwolle

Muziekscholen

  • Muziekschool De Hoogste Noot in Ede
  • "Schoolorkest Musica" of Muziekschool Hans Piek (in Dutch) from Culemborg plays mainly `songs from the old box' (liedjes uit de oude doos)
  • Op Cultureel Centrum Utrecht Parnassos geeft Irena Filippova accordeonles.

Agenda

Andere concerten en workshops

    Die Jungen Original Oberkrainer in Eygelshoven

    Die Jungen Original Oberkrainer treden op 25 maart 2006 om 20:00 op in zaal Socio Project in Eygelshoven. Entree : 15 euro voorverkoop en 20 euro aan de avondkassa. Info en bestellen van kaarten via 06-42873480 John Vredeveld Het 11de Internationaal Harmonikatreffen werd 12 oktober 2002 gehouden in Eygelshoven- Kerkrade. Het is een festival voor 'Volkstumlige Musik', met veel Steyrische harmonika's.

    Workshop Italiaanse trekharmonika

    Op 12 en 13 november 2005 geeft Andrea Capezzuoli, van de Noord-italiaanse groep Din delòn, een workshop Italiaanse trekharmonika (in C/F) in Groningen

Agenda's elders

  • De Agenda van Nederland
  • De Uitgaansagenda
  • Knop & Toets is een marktplaats voor tweedehands accordeons (en harmonikas en keyboards), opgezet door Rob van de Bunt. Er is ook een concertagenda, en een pagina met links.

  • De agenda van Folkcafé De Lantaern
  • Een Nederlandse [piano-] accordeon-agenda, beheerd door Hillebrand van der Veen
  • De agenda van Theater voor Wereldmuziek WeMuT in Utrecht