An illustrated talk with Zak Van der Vyver
Zak was born in 1933 in Cape Town and first played guitar and mouth organ. He started playing concertina at the age of 14, a 30-button Wheatstone Anglo with rosewood ends. He learned tunes from other players, off 78 rpm records and progressed from playing at parties to playing with bigger bands, and eventually graduated to concerts and radio broadcasts. He also recorded several 78 rpm records and 33 rpm LPs.
And for the concertina aficionados….. he still has the concertina purchased new in 1954 for £47.10s, a 40-button Wheatstone Anglo with ebony wooden ends (serial number 55629)