Full Bio Blurb
Orrin Star is a nationally recognized folk & bluegrass performer
and teacher based in the Washington, DC area. Winner of the 1976 National Flatpicking Championship (the largest bluegrass guitar
contest in the country), he plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, sings, and performs solo, duo and with his band Orrin Star & the Sultans of String.

His repertoire spans old-time, western swing, celtic and original
songwriting in addition to more mainstream bluegrass and
folk material. An accomplished storyteller and entertainer (he
worked as a stand-up comic for five years in the Boston area)
he has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and has three
recordings on Flying Fish Records. He is the author of a popular
guitar instruction book ("Hot Licks for Bluegrass Guitar", Oak
Publications) and a columnist for Flatpicking Guitar magazine.

An avocational graphic designer, his hobbies include table
tennis, zydeco dancing and cribbage.