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John Kalinowski
concertina and accordion

John Kalinowski: Concertina and accordion

John Kalinowski comes from a family tradition of ethnic music. He learned to play accordion at an early age while listening to radio performances of his father's polka band. He became intrigued with the Anglo concertina several years ago and now studies with well-known concertina player Noel Hill of County Clare, Ireland. John is a mainstay of southern New England sessions and contra dances.  Look for him playing his concertina at Hartford's City Steam Irish Session every Wednesday evening.

A founding member of The Wild Notes, John is also a founding member and fifer with Connecticut Valley Field Music, a Civil War Fife and Drum corps, and has performed traditional Irish music and sea music with Full Gael.

John holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and a master's degree in Computer Science. When he's not playing music, he works as a Test Systems Engineer at Pratt & Whitney. John, a.k.a K1DUQ is an Amatuer Radio enthusiast and in what little spare time is left, likes to ride his recumbent.


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