John Pranio

John Pranio

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John started his musical life as a drummer before the age of ten, but through the encouragement of “his poor mother,” took up the quieter acoustic guitar in his teens. In high school John met a banjo player and was encouraged to try the fiddle. He was quickly hooked, and by the age of 20 began playing his “rhythmic” style of fiddling for contra dances around New York and New Jersey. 
In 1989 John moved to Maine and within a few years started the North Whitefield Contra dance with his wife Toki Oshima, and caller Ted Sannella. John has played in various bands for Maine contra dances over the past 20 years and currently plays with his family and friends in the “Henry Road Bandits,” known for their occasional rock and roll and Beatles specialty dances. John teaches fiddle and mandolin in Augusta and can be contacted at email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 549-3820.