Brian was born in 1959, and lived in New England and Spain before his family settled in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1965. He began playing music with piano and chorus during elementary school. By the age of 13 he was performing at coffeehouses on the east coast, singing and playing guitar. At 14, he was playing professionally in the Bahamas. By 16, he'd made his first full circuit of the lower 48, a pattern he would continue almost every year up to the present. Through highschool, he was doing professional lecture performances on American folkmusic at elementary, highschools, and colleges on the east coast, as well as standard performances and coffeehouses and his first folk festivals. After highschool, he decided to stop pursuing
professional music and incorporated a treeplanting business, running a crew from Maine to Texas for three years, and planning on starting an organic farm and apiary, and leave music for recreational purposes.
When this partnership fell apart, he took off on a mountain bike, incidentally leaving his guitar behind and taking only the hammered dulcimer. A period of personal reflection and a 1983-1984 tour of Central America with the dulcimer set Brian back on the path of a performer. This time, however, he avoided the business and kept on a simple and anonymous path, with music as a spiritual calling rather than a business. Drawing on historical musical traditions, he followed the "bardic way", striving to serve the people with his gift, to use music to heal and enlighten, to bring joy and laughter, and solace, and even sometimes understanding, but not pursuing fame or fortune. He talked and told stories as much as played, trying to use both words and music as a means of spiritual, emotional, and social conciousness raising. He played street scenes, university commons, and busked at festivals and fairs, from the largest to the smallest, playing anywhere he happened to be, anywhere and anytime someone asked him to play, for anyone who stopped to listen. He played at campfires and cabins, on sailing ships and in airplanes, in small bars and cafes, livingrooms and kitchens. He lived the true life of a folksinger, though he never played at a folk festival, or music festival, or knew anything about who or what was going on in that world.
He spradically produced budget recordings because people kept asking him to, and gave them out on the street for donations. In 1996, he produced two CDs, one of originals and one ot traditionals. These are the recordings people have heard on the internet, mostly the traditionals.
The present chapter of his life begins with the decision to accept that his music deserves more serious efforts. He is now trying to bring his music to more people; making it available on CDs, offering to play at smore tandard venues, and for larger audiences, and using internet based promotion and distribution. He's assembled professional audio and video recording and production gear, not as much to make a record as leave a record. Still, he hopes to start producing regular recordings and videos, as time, energy, and funds allow. He produced the first CD with his own gear, A Hobo's Dulcimer, in 2004. His main plan for the future is to keep putting out recordings and begin travelling internationally, move beyond the routine circuit he follows from Florida (where he moors his sailboat) to Alaska (where he has 5 acres near Delta Junction) and back each year.
There is also a personal statement by Brian, talking
about his life and philosophy, illustrated with quotes from his songs. As well as actual tour journals covering many years in the ARCHIVE section of the site. A Video Tour Journal he made in 2000 is available at the Google video site.