Wayne Cantwell performs as a strolling fiddler providing traditional old time, Celtic, or gospel music for festivals, church events, private parties, dances weddings, funerals, and other events. If the situation calls for it he can perform while wearing period clothing of the 19th Century.
For concerts Wayne also plays old time claw hammer banjo and mountain dulcimer.
When playing as a strolling fiddler for an event Wayne takes great care in being aware of his surroundings so as not to interfere with guests conversation or activities unless appropriate.
Wayne's journey into music began in 1974 at the age of 13. He started learning guitar hoping to play in a rock band but as he got older he drifted towards Bluegrass. In 1984 Wayne attended a meeting of the Oklahoma City Traditional Music Association and was introduced to the wonders of traditional old time and Celtic music. He loved it so much that he even served a term as president of the OCTMA for a year in 1986-87.
In 1986 Wayne, along with a friend, formed "The Prairie Land String Band" which became one of Oklahoma's leading old time string bands. While performing with Prairie Land Wayne was able to greatly expand his knowledge and repertoire of traditional old time and Celtic music.
From 2002 to 2004 Wayne performed with the Irish band Calliope House playing fiddle, tenor banjo, mandolin and guitar.
From 2004 to 2009 wayne performed with the Irish band Suspicious Contra Band.
Wayne has also performed with the bluegrass bands Dutch Creek, From the Heartland and Sugarfoot Bluegrass Band.
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