Steve Shapiro has been involved in folk music since he was a teen having been introduced to singing and dancing as an active participant at summer camps. He taught himself to play guitar and was influenced by the likes of Dave Van Ronk, Rev. Gary Davis and Elizabeth Cotten. This introduction has led to a lifelong love for and exploration of the many worlds of folk music. In the 1970’s, he discovered Contradancing and this became a springboard for a deeper involvement in the folk community. From the 1980s onwards Steve played in a variety of contra dance and Celtic bands. He also plays Irish tenor banjo, Appalachian fiddle, 5-string banjo and mandolin. He is president of FolkWorks organization and co-publisher of FolkWorks website.
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