Brian Trew

Fiddle, Vocals

Brian Trew’s musical career began at the age of 11 where he picked up the viola in his middle school orchestra. While in the orchestra, he along with his friends formed an Irish folk group called the Celtic Rogues. With this group, Brian had the opportunity to record three albums, play all over Florida and the United Kingdom, and perform with many great musicians. Along with heavy influences from Celtic groups such as the Cheftians, Altan, and The Clancy Brothers, while growing up in Fort Pierce, Florida he was exposed to a healthy dose of country and southern rock.

His Uncle Billy (who hand crafts all of Brian’s fiddles) played every weekend and exposed him to the likes of Charlie Daniels, Gary Stewart, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt band. After finishing high school Brian received a full scholarship to attend Florida Atlantic University for viola performance; he later played both viola and violin for the orchestra and began an interest in world music. During his junior year at FAU, Brian met Uproot Hootenanny and has played fiddle with the group ever since. His Celtic roots bring a distinct sound to the already unique style of Uproot Hootenanny.

Brian plays a five string three-piece back Uncle Billy Fiddle with an L.R. Baggs pick up thru a L.R. Baggs Para D.I. box. He uses Tomastik Dominate strings. He proudly endorses CodaBow and is currently using their Diamond GX model.

Photo credit Robert Badillo and Blindfold Magazine

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