Saturday, July 30, 2016

More biographical information

John Whitacre performs traditional music of the British Isles specializing in tunes popular in colonial America on violin, mandolin family instruments, and mountain dulcimer.
He started violin in fifth grade in North Canton schools and played in school orchestra. He played for four years in the Canton Youth Symphony and for nine years in the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra, but he was always drawn to traditional music. He started guitar in ninth grade, added other instruments over the years, and discovered Celtic music in 1989. He began studying historical Celtic music after a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1993. He has studied music theory and also plays ukulele, Autoharp, and banjo.
John is working on recording music of the 18th century and original music written in the style of 18th-century Scottish music. He is a historian with a B.A. from Kent State, a calligrapher, and an avid reader of many subjects.

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