Born a "Southern boy" in South Louisiana, I expanded my exposure to acoustic folk music as I moved around the country.
I eventually became a pretty good self-taught Celtic fiddler without learning to read music...I still can't and prefer to learn while sitting across the kitchen table from my mentors. Within the past three years, the sound of Appalachian music played on the open-backed banjo in the clawhammer style grabbed my spirit. Many of those tunes have words, and I decided to try and sing along while playing. The coordination of playing and singing was difficult and frustrating. Then, suddenly one morning, I could do it! Now, I should take voice lessons to discover my best key in which to sing.
I have always loved classical music since my teens. I am 73 years old now.