John Holenko Contra Dance Encyclopedia

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Contra Dance Encyclopedia

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The Contra Dance Encyclopedia is a handbook for musicians who want to play for contra dances. Music from American fiddle tunes to the Irish tradition are presented in sets suitable for playing for dances (as well as sessions, concerts, and other gigs). There is also an extensive section of tunes grouped into Reels, Jigs, and Waltzes that can be used. Included is a short history of contra dance, as well as ideas on putting together a dance band. Instrumental and stylistic techniques for guitar, mandolin, whistle, and fiddle are discussed, as well as band dynamics and orchestration. Convenient and easy to use handbook Music from American fiddle tunes to Traditional Irish tunes are presented in sets suitable for dances Information on the history of the contra dance Instrumental and stylistic techniques for guitar, mandolin, whistle, and fiddle are discussed

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John Holenko has performed on classical guitar and historic instruments throughout the United States and in Europe. As a solo guitarist and chamber musician, Mr. Holenko performs the traditional repertoire for classical guitar, as well as new music for the instrument, and lesser known works from all periods. Called "a skilled soloist" by the Boston Globe, Mr. Holenko has given recitals and been featured in radio broadcasts in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and San Francisco, As a member of the early music ensemble Sonus, Mr. Holenko has performed on historic instruments in recitals in the United States and in Europe. Sonus' recordings for Dorian Discovery feature Mr. Holenko performing on oud, saz, psaltery, and other period instruments. His work with the cittern, Renaissance guitar, and Baroque guitar keep him involved in music of all periods. John also performs traditional American and Celtic music on guitar and mandolin. Mr. Holenko is on the faculty of Charleston Southern University where he directs the guitar program. He is the creator of the Fretwork radio program on South Carolina Public Radio, and is the coordinator of the Fretwork Concert Series for Piccolo Spoleto. Holenko received degrees in guitar performance from the New England Conservatory, and the University of Southern California, studying historic performance at both institutions, and premiering many new works.

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