Revision 23.05.2018





28th German-Concertina-Meeting 2019


17. bis 19. May 2019

( extended 16. – 20.5. )


2018@ Seminarhof Drawehn with Vivien Zeller, Jim Penny and others





This was the:

27th German-Concertina-Meeting 2018


4. bis 6. May 2018

( extended 3. – 7.5. )


2017@ Seminarhof Drawehn withAdrian Brown, Claus Kessler and others


For the 27th time we will celebrate the German Concertina Meeting in 2018 –for the fifth time 

at the seminar-center “Seminarhof Drawehn”. By now the meeting could well be

called “European Concertina Meeting”, as over the years we had visitors from

Czech Republic, France, Holland, Belgium, Scottland, England, Denmark and Sweden


This years there will be changes! Several of our regular teachers will not be able to attend.

Due to too much competition from other events featuring the Irish concertina, it doesn’t make sense  

anymore to bring in teachers from Ireland.


( So this year there will be no paid teachers and no fixed program! )

We will create our program together…

So bring ideas and your favorite music!!




At short notice we have been able to convince Jim & Vivien to teach at the meeting!!


Welcome are all players ( beginner to advanced ) of all concertina systems

( English, Anglo, Duet, Anglo-German, Deutsch ) with any style of music!

With a bit of luck there will be music available for download

before the event…





Core-time 4th to 6th of Mai

Friday afternoon until Sunday after tea


Everybody is welcome to come Thursday evening (3rd) and stay on until Monday ( 7th May )…


There will not be a concert on Sunday evening!





Seminarhof Drawehn ( Wendland ) Link





Workshops, play-arounds, questions & answers,

concertina-concert, sessions, open exchange, concertina-clinic,

concertina-flea-market ( bring’em all! )

Hopefully there will be a versatile program for all levels.

You can come without instrument and experience the different systems,

or get new impulses as an advanced player…





( This year without teachers!! )

There will be more or less experienced players of the different systems around

-        for help and exchange.




At short notice we have been able to convince Jim & Vivien to teach at the meeting!!

Nils and Jürgen will also be around to help!




Jim Penny (England)



Jim has over twenty years of experience playing the anglo concertina.

He has played for balfolk in many countries, notably with Red Dog Green Dog with whom he developed

an approach focussed on rhythmic, chordal playing. At present he plays with Owl Light Trio.

Jim’s workshop will explore techniques to define melodies using rhythm and incorporating chordal elements.


Jim and the Owl Light Trio


With Red Dog Green Dog



Vivien Zeller ( Berlin )




Vievien plays besides balfolk and own compositions mainly traditional music from Germany.

Regularly she is on tour in Europe with her bands Malbrook and Zeller/Suchanel,

playing concerts and for dances or teaching workshops.

In her workshops she will develop simple arrangements focussing on variations and dance…

Neue Geigenmusik...





Nils Meyn: ( engische Concertina und Ensemble )




Nils is a regular at the meeting playing English-system concertina –

both on his own and with his band Antuaid.

He will look after ES-beginners and invite to experiment with easy arrangements.



Jürgen Suttner: Concertina Clinic




As one of the founders of the meeting Jürgen will be around and look after

Instruments in need of some loving care!

For well over 25 years Jürgen has been supplying good instruments to the scene

and has helped to make the concertina popular in Germany and the world!




 How much?


( No Tuition-Fee! )


Since we do have teachers now, we will ask for 50€ tuition-fee!

If you are not happy with that change, please let me know…!




The costs of full board are:

116 € in double or tripple-room

86 € external / tent / camper-van etc.

 152 € single-room

 extra night from Thursday incl. meals 50€ / 35€ / 60€

 extra night until Tuesday incl. Dinner & brunch 50€ / 35€ / 60€


Single-rooms can only be secured two weeks before the weekend,

so that nobody else might have to stay home ( limited rooms! )

Bring your own bedware and towels ( or rent for 5€ / 1€ )


Please pay cash at arrival ( no cards! ), no deposit necessary.


We can help with transportation to pick you up at Schnega station

( preferably at 17.22! )




Please book by mail stating preferred accomodation,

your concertina system, your playing experience

and your favourite music…


Robert Pich, Proitzer Mühle, 29465 Schnega


Please pay cash on location ( no cards accepted! )




Same procedure as last year? Same procedure as every year!


2016@Seminarhof Drawehn with Tim Collins,

Dave Townsend and others


2015@Seminarhof Drawehn

with Mary Macnamara and others


2014@Seminarhof Drawehn

u.a. mit Edel Fox und Rainer Süßmilch



with Edel Fox and Simon Thoumire



with Mary Macnamara and Dave Townsend



with Alistair Anderson and Mary Macnamara


2010@Proitzer Mühle

with Juliette Daum and Rainer Süßmilch


Mario & Jürgen 2008 in Bielefeld


Mario Kliemann took the initiative for the first German-Concertina-Meeting in

Bielefeld. Together with Jürgen Leo and Jürgen Suttner I had been one of the co-founders

of the meeting and after Mario’s sudden death in 2008 I took over the responsibility 2009.




Keep squeeezing!!!