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Freddy Juárez Hernández

About Freddy Juárez Hernández

Mexican accordionist who is a member of Enigma Norteño, a Sinaloense band founded in 2010 and known for their songs The People of Now and The Güero Bastidas .  They released their debut album El Jardinero in 2004, and have released nearly a dozen since then. He has 60,000 followers on Instagram. 

Early life

His first Instagram post was on April 1 2016, and was of him, his wife, and his oldest son wearing matching Captain America shirts. 


He uses his Instagram to promote other accordion players, often reposting clips from other musicians. 

Family of Freddy Juárez Hernández

He married Daniela Rochin Ruiz in 2013. They have two sons, Noel Adrian (born 2012) and Erik Daniel (born 2017). 

Close associates of Freddy Juárez Hernández

In September 2018 he met the Houston Astros, and posted selfies with Roberto Osuna and Alex Bregman. 

Johnny Kongos

About Johnny Kongos

One of four members of the all-sibling alternative rock band KONGOS who plays the accordion and keyboards for the group, in addition to providing vocals. Their debut album was self-titled, and their follow ups are titled Lunatic and Egomaniac.

Early life

He attended Arizona State University where he studied jazz. He studied classical piano previously.


The group s song “Come with Me Now” was featured in the trailers of video games Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Payday 2, and in the trailer for the film Holy Motors.

Family of Johnny Kongos

He and the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona from London after being born in South Africa. His father is John Kongos.

Close associates of Johnny Kongos

He performs alongside siblings Dylan, Daniel and Jesse Kongos.

Berna Rodriguez

About Berna Rodriguez

Texas based musician who rose to fame playing the accordion for the group Las Fenix. The band was composed of sisters Nadia, Lesli, Adela, Berna, and Anahi. 

Early life

She and her sisters first performed at their father s birthday party.


She has competed in the Accordion Kings & Queens competition.

Family of Berna Rodriguez

She is the sister of Nadia, Lesli, Adela, and Anahi Rodriguez.

Close associates of Berna Rodriguez

She and her bandmates have appeared on ¡Despierta América! which was hosted by Alan Tacher. 

Jo-El Sonnier

About Jo-El Sonnier

Musician and accordionist whose prolific recording career showcased his mastery of country and Cajun music.

Early life

He started playing the accordion when he was three years old.


He was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Family of Jo-El Sonnier

He was the son of French-speaking sharecroppers residing in Rayne, Louisiana.

Close associates of Jo-El Sonnier

He covered Tear Stained Letter, Richard Thompson s classic song.


Art Van Damme

About Art Van Damme

American jazz accordionist who performed on The Dave Garroway Show and other NBC programs.

Early life

He started playing the accordion when he was nine years old and later joined Ben Bernie s Band.


He had his own, fifteen-minute segment, The Art Van Damme Show, on NBC radio.

Family of Art Van Damme

He had three children with his wife.

Close associates of Art Van Damme

He adapted some of Benny Goodman s jazz classics for the accordion.



Sharon Shannon

About Sharon Shannon

Traditional Irish musician who is known for her work with the accordion and fiddle. Her 1991 debut studio album was one of the best selling traditional Irish music albums of all time. 

Early life

She began her career as a recording artist in the late 1980 s and she joined a band called The Waterboys. 


She was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the Meteor Awards in 2009. 

Family of Sharon Shannon

She is the daughter of IJ and Mary Shannon and she has several siblings. 

Close associates of Sharon Shannon

She and Sinéad O Connor both contributed music for the compilation album Common Ground: Voices of Modern Irish Music.