The Master Player – Alf Radunz

The Master Player – Alf Radunz Alf Radunz (1910-1996) was arguably the greatest button accordian player in Queensland. Fifteen out of his sixteen brothers and sisters could play an instrument- the other could only play the gramophone! Alf grew up in the Coolabunia district, just outside Kingaroy, in southeast Queensland. […]

Button Accordion Styles

  Button Accordian Styles of the Vienna system button accordian (C, G, C-F, G-C, A-D, G-C-F etc) After many years closely observing many traditional diatonic button accordion players throughout eastern Australia and parts of South Australia, with a particular emphasis on southern Queensland it was possible to reach some conclusions based […]

‘Vindjammers’ – the button accordion or Squeezebox in German-Queensland Culture!

‘Vindjammers’ – the button accordion or Squeezebox in German-Queensland Culture!     Unknown squeezebox player with accompanying violin player.  Photograph from the Lockyer Valley. And of course when it comes to German settlers and their unique and traditional music we cannot forget the old ‘Vindjammer’, or button accordion (squeezebox).  Nearly […]

Music from my Heimatland

MUSIC FROM MY HEIMATLAND: Queensland is Different!! By Mark Schuster (Toowoomba, Qld) Although it was early June 1999, the familiar pale blue glare stung the eyes and the slanting rays of late afternoon sunlight still held their characteristic sting.  Shedding my coat at Brisbane airport the soft light and verdant […]

Ringing Strings of the Burnett

Ringing Strings of the Burnett: The German-Queensland Zither Tradition For more than two decades I have sought out and recorded the unique German-Queensland musical traditions of the farming communities in southern Queensland.  I had the wonderful opportunity to savour and record the ‘tail end’ of a once enormous tradition of […]

German Brass Band Traditions

German Brass Band Traditions ‘The Toowoomba German Band had a practice hut strategically placed in Flegler’s vineyard, no doubt to make the lubricating of the players’ tonsils easy when the needs arose’  Photograph shows Herr Frederick Kretschmar, famous Toowoomba bandsman in the centre back of the picture. (from the late […]

Waltz Of Vienna

This popular old dance tune is a real favourite in the German-derived farming communities in southern Queensland – it could be termed a real classic.  The Waltz of Vienna is a stately dance and the tune is lovely and flowing.  Here played on button accordion by Mark Schuster with accompanying […]