This book and accompanying CD is dedicated to accordionists working in the Polish countryside after 1945. The accordionists changed traditional wedding custom by widening their repertoires and introducing new instruments. The result of this was the gradual elimination of traditional ceremonial music; modern pop hits replaced the mazurka and oberek. The unification process of rural and city music had begun.
In the 1950s a band consisted of a concertina or accordion, fiddle, saxophone or trumpet and a basic drum kit. From 1930 to 1950 Poland was a major producer of Polish accordions, with hundreds of workshops devoted to concertina manufacture and repair; today only a few remain. The Polish accordion era has ended. Something is changing, however. Young people are tentatively picking up accordion and learning to play. This is a brave step, considering that not so long ago accordions were contemptuously dubbed ?radiators? by the younger generation.