Past Festivals

What is squeezebox?
What is squeezebox?
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Joe Webster
Joe Webster

Joe "Buttons" Webster was once Australia's best busker.

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Piano accordion
Piano accordion
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Kevin Frank and Jeanette Kummerow
Kevin Frank and Jeanette Kummerow

Kevin and Jeanette have been playing their harmonicas together for many years.

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David Gourlay
David Gourlay

Murwillumbah local David Gourlay has been coming to the festival each year to 'get his musical fix'.

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Eli Pegg and Harold Kowitz
Eli Pegg and Harold Kowitz

Left-handed Eli Pegg learns a few tips from 'old-hand' Harold Kowitz.

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'Washboard Sandy"
'Washboard Sandy"

Sandy has been playing the washboard for over 20 years.

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Tim Peters and Les Weedon
Tim Peters and Les Weedon

'Music man' Les Weedon with his young protege Tim Peters in 2004.

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Brian Oberhardt
Brian Oberhardt

Burpengary resident Brian Oberhardt got his first accordion from an old shearer.

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Peter Davenport
Peter Davenport

Elanora resident Peter Davenport was a young friend and protege of the late Nerang identity and master button accordion player Bill Fechner who was in much demand for old time dances in the Gold Coast and hinterland districts many decades ago.

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Jessie and Edwy Dent
Jessie and Edwy Dent

Edwy and Jessie Dent regularly travel from Gayndah to attend the festival.

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Frank Schroder
Frank Schroder

Frank's favourite instrument is his 120-year English concertina made by Sir Charles Wheatstone. It has the same range of notes as a violin.

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John Colville's accordion
John Colville's accordion

Visitors love the sounds which come out of John Colville's electric chromatic accordion.

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Harold Kowitz and Jeanette Kummerow
Harold Kowitz and Jeanette Kummerow

Harold's interest in accordion music began in the 1950s and Jeanette began playing the button accordion in 2005.

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Leo Day
Leo Day

89-year old Leo Day has been playing the drums for over 70 years.

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Les Weedon
Les Weedon

The Maclagan Squeezebox Festival was the brainchild of Les Weedon in 2003.

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John Colville
John Colville

John Colville is a leading exponent of the button accordion.

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Karl Quaill
Karl Quaill

Karl plays songs his father taught him when he was 14 years old.

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Button accordion bargain
Button accordion bargain

Keith and Doreen Nauschutz of Haden bought this 130-year old button accordion at a clearing sale for $30.

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Cec Maroske
Cec Maroske

Cec started playing when he was 14 years old and by the age of 20 he was playing with bands in and around Brisbane.

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Accordion fun
Accordion fun

Joan van Kuijck 'pretending' at the 2015 festival.

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An old button accordion
An old button accordion

This old button accordion is over 120 years old.

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Tea chest bass and accordion
Tea chest bass and accordion

Karl Quaill of Burpengary on tea chest bass and David Gourlay of Murwillumbah on accordion at the 2012 festival.

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot?

Singing of Old Lang Syne to finish the festival.

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Old-time dance
Old-time dance

The song and dance traditions continue at the old-time dance on Saturday evening.

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Dressing for the occasion
Dressing for the occasion

Beautiful outfits at the Saturday night dance.

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Ted and Veronica
Ted and Veronica

Ted Schiffke and Veronica Robson wouldn't miss the Squeezebox festival for quids.

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Old-time dance favourite
Old-time dance favourite

Keeping the song and dance traditions alive...

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Saturday evening dance
Saturday evening dance

Dance halls in the 50s and 60s were the 'Tinder' of the time and many long-term relationships began in places such as this.

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Evening dance
Evening dance

Fast-turning, spinning and two-stepping at the evening dance.

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Saturday 8 OCTOBER 2022