FolkLib Index - Wisconsin Concertina Players

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      This page lists links for current and former Wisconsin resident Concertina players. The initial list came from those inducted into the World Concertina Congress (WCC) Hall of Fame (HOF), as listed on pages 239-256 of The Chemnitzer Concertina: A History and an Accolade, by LaVern J. Rippley, 2006. Only Wisconsin residents in that list appear here. As noted, a few are not primarily recording artists. All known recordings by these musicians will be listed in my forthcoming book, (ca. 2028), FolkLib Index: Wisconsin Discography.

Please write if you know about any current or former Wisconsin resident Concertina recording artist not listed, or if you have additional information about, or links for, a listed artist.

    A  
  1. .Altenburg, Art (WCC 1997) (concertina) - Former owner ( Art Altenburg's Concertina Bar) [Mosinee / Milwaukee]
    B  
  2. .Bondowski, Lester (WCC 1984) (concertina) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF), Orders ( Accordiona Music Sales), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) [Shawano]
  3. .Brueggen, Gary W. (concertina, tuba, button accordion, keyboard, drums, valve trombone, vocals) (aka "Wisconsin's Concertina Kid") - Page ( Polish American Journal), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) - (leader: Gary Brueggen and the Ridgeland Dutchmen) - (former member: Uncle Ozzie's Band ?-2001) [Viroqua / Cashton / Ontario]
    C  
  4. .Check, John F. (WCC 1981) (concertina, piano) - Discog ( FolkLib Index), Page ( International Polka Association), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF), Orders ( Accordiona Music Sales [Archive]), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) - (former leader: John Check and the Michigan Dutchmen 1959-1966, John Check and the Wisconsin Dutchmen 1966-19??, The Three of Us 19??-) [Vermillion, SD / Rosholt / grad. UW-Stevens Point 194? / grad. UW-Madison 1959 Ph.D. / Flint, MI 1959-1966 / UW Oshkosh Educational Psychology Faculty 1966-1987 / Vermillion, SD 2009-2013]
  5. .Checkalski, Arnie (concertina, keyboards, bass, saxophone, clarienet, drums, vocals) - Discog ( FolkLib Index) [Rice Lake]
  6. .Concertina Kid, Wisconsin's - (see: Gary W. Brueggen)
  7. .Concertina Millie (Mildred Kaminski) (WCC 1982) (concertina) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF) [Milwaukee]
  8. .Concertina Patti - (see: Patti Wolfe)
    D  
  9. .Dewitz, Irving (WCC 1978) (concertina, club organizer, player, teacher) [Hustisford.]    
    G  
  10. .Gajewski, Max (WCC 1979) (concertina, bandleader, artist) [Milwaukee]
  11. .Gruetzmacher, Dan (WCC 1979) (concertina) - Page ( Neal Wysocki), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF) [Wausau]    
    J  
  12. .Justman, Andy (WCC 2002) (concertina) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF) [Brownsville / Waupaca]
    K  
  13. .Kaminski, Mildred - (see: "Concertina" Millie)
  14. .Karpek, Andrew (WCC 1976) (concertina, repair, retail, tuner, builder) [Milwaukee]
  15. .Klesmith, Felix (concertina) - (member: Benny Gagas Downbeat Orchestra) [Stevens Point]
  16. .Konkol, Ray and his Orchestra (aka The Ray Konkol Band) (WCC 2003) (concertina) - Discog ( FolkLib Index), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF), Orders ( Accordiona Music Sales [Archive]), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) [Active: 1961-] [Stevens Point]
  17. .Konrath, Lloyd M. (concertina) (Editor of The Bellows Paper, newsletter of the World Concertina Congress (WCC) [Germantown]
    L  
  18. .Larson, Keith Louis (concertina) - Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) [Chippewa Falls / New Alburn / grad. UW-Stout 1966 / Tomah]
  19. .Lech, Ron (WCC 1998) (concertina) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF) [Wisconsin Rapids]
  20. .Liebl, Syl (WCC 1997) (concertina) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) - (leader: Syl Liebl and the Jolly Swiss Boys) [?, MN / La Crosse]  
    N  
  21. .Neuman, Carl (concertina) - Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) - (former member: Die Spiel Meisters) [Waupun.]
  22. .Nowicki, Stan (WCC 1976) (concertina, arranger, teacher) [Milwaukee]
    O  
  23. .O'Donnell, Bryan (concertina) [Franklin]
    P  
  24. .Patek, Rudy (WCC 1976) (concertina) [Chicago, IL / Weyauwega]
  25. .Peters, Max (WCC 1980) (bandonion specialist) [Milwaukee]  
    R  
  26. .Rodgers, Dick (WCC 1996) (concertina) - Page ( International Polka Association), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF) ( Polkamart [Archive]) [Chicago, IL / Green Bay / Pulaski]  
    T  
  27. .Teikowski, Ed (WCC 1976) (concertina, dealer, Teacher) [Milwaukee]  
    V  
  28. .Van Dyke, Susan (Sue) (tin whistle, concertina) - (member: Ceol Cairde, Wise Maids) [Milwaukee]
    W  
  29. .Watters, Pat (WCC 1976) (concertina, lifelong promoter) [Minneapolis, MN / Mosinee]
  30. .Wilfahrt, "Whoopee" Jim (James F.) (harmonica, concertina) - Discog ( FolkLib Index), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) - (member: BluesPool, Band in a Van) [his Great Uncle is "Whoopee" John Wilfahrt] [New Ulm, MN / grad. UW Oshkosh 1984 B.S. / Oshkosh]
  31. .Wolfe, Patti (aka Concertina Patti) (WCC 1984) (concertina) - Page ( World Concertina Congress HOF) [Milwaukee / Stevens Point]      
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