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Occupation: Musician

Gender: Male
Age: 46

My Instruments:
Fiddle, banjo

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Created 4/22/2012
Last Visit 3/22/2015

Violinist and banjo player, Stergios grew up playing classical music but decided to change direction. Originally trained in the classical tradition, he was later on attracted to the expressiveness and freedom of swing and jazz violin. He is currently playing violin in the Swingtime Quartet, a gypsy swing band based in Greece. He was introduced to old-time fiddling by Lucas Paisley, a fiddler from North Carolina, whose mentality and musicianship led Stergios to delve into the archaic and ritual beauty of old-time fiddling. His later acquaintance with great fiddlers Dave Bing and Kate Lissauer, has proved invaluable along this musical path. Being a bluegrass fan from an early age he has been playing the 5-string banjo for many years. He was a founding member of the Salty Dog, the first known bluegrass band to be formed in Greece. Salty Dog performed around Greece in the late 1990's introducing bluegrass music to wider audiences. Today he is playing fiddle and banjo in the Train 45 bluegrass band, the descendant of Salty Dog, still the only known group to play original bluegrass music in Greece.

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