President & Commanding Officer of Traditional Music

Bought a 5-string banjo in about 1957-58 and
played it until about 1988 when I had to quit
due to arthritis in my shoulder. Started playing
fiddle in about 1965 and have continued playing
fiddle since then. Mostly old-time/bluegrass
until 1980 when I met Susan McCroskey; We got
married in 1981 and eventually I learned enough
Irish tunes to not embarrass her at a session.

I like to sing, especially Irish songs in Gaelic.
Not sean nos style, because I need instrumental
accompaniment to stay on key.

I play fiddle in a local Bluegrass band called
Ryegrass.

Posted by johnsburke: Posted 29 Feb 2008

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