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Saturday, June 30 • 9:30am - 10:00am
John Johansen Celtic Guitar

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The best description I could give myself as a musician is a hobby guitarist who enjoys playing for family, friends and occasionally at church. I have always been a big fan of traditional Scottish, Irish and Celtic music but it has only been in the last two years that I began to study this style of guitar. I am fascinated with the alternate tunings incorporated in this music and have enjoyed learning the history behind many of the songs.

My own personal story started about 10 years ago when I began taking guitar lessons from Nedra Millburn in Cedar Rapids. With Nedra I had the opportunity to learn a variety of music styles and to participate in local and regional music contests. In 2015 I met Dave Paris and began taking guitar lessons from him in Marion. Dave's teaching has helped me to grow musically from the good foundation I received from Nedra. Since starting to explore the Celtic guitar genre I have been learning and playing fingerstyle guitar arrangements written by Jim Tozier, El McMeen and Stephen Wake.

Playing in the Linn County Fair Free Entertainment Tent this summer will be a new experience. I look forward to sharing the Celtic music I have so much enjoyed learning.

John Johansen


Saturday June 30, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am CDT
Farm Bureau Free Entertainment Tent (#4)