Struble and Oscar
Eric is a self-taught player of the Schwyzerörgeli, playing since 1992 when he bought his first Schwyzeroergeli almost by chance at Tempo Trend Music in Victoria. Don has been playing the Steirische Harmonika for more than 15 years, starting out in a button-box band in central California where he is from. The two met in the mid-'90s in Kimberley at the annual Kimberley International Old-Time Accordion Championships, and started playing duets together. Since then they have played at various Swiss festivals, Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle, and have won numerous prizes at the Kimberley and Leavenworth, WA accordion competitions. Eric has also played with other BC Swiss musicians at various events in WA state, on the Island and on the Mainland including a Swiss TV production in Whistler. The other musicians on both CDs were drawn from Don's friends and from friends made at the Swiss festivals.