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Hailing from California, Sweden, and Pennsylvania, three fiddling multi-instrumentalists unite for an evening of old-time and Swedish music at Seman Violins in Skokie, Illinois.
California-born Brittany Haas is widely regarded as one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation. She grew up honing her craft in fiddle camps nationwide, and came to her unique sound through the old time fiddling of Bruce Molsky and the innovative stylings of Darol Anger, her mentors. She has toured with seminal chamber-grass band Crooked Still, played fiddle on Steve Martin's Grammy Award-winning CD, "The Crow," and performed in his band on Letterman and SNL. She released her debut self-titled solo album at 17, produced by Darol Anger and featuring Bruce Molsky, Mike Marshall, Alison Brown and others. Currently residing in Boston, she recently released the debut album of all original music "you got this" with her trio Haas Kowert Tice (with Punch Brothers bassist Paul Kowert and New York guitarist Jordan Tice).
Patrik Ahlberg is a Swedish native, fiddler, multi instrumentalist and violin making student now living in Chicago. Patrik focuses on contemporary fiddling as well as traditional Swedish and American fiddle styles. His mentors include Sergio Crisostomo (Stockholm Lisboa Project), Simon Stålspets (Svart Kaffe, Stockholm Lisboa Project) and Ingrid Ekman. Patrik has a Swedish bagpipes duo with his good friend and "Riksspelman" Anton Olausson.
Matt Brown teaches fiddle, banjo, and guitar to students of all ages at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Thanks to his banjo-playing father, Matt grew up with the old-time music of the Appalachian south. He learned old-time music from tradition bearers Brad Leftwich, Bruce Molsky, Rafe Stefanini, Paul Brown, Ginny Hawker, and Tracy Schwarz. Matt has toured as a soloist, with the percussive dance ensembles Rhythm in Shoes and Footworks, and has made guest appearances with Tim O'Brien, The John Hartford Stringband, Uncle Earl, Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus, and Della Mae. His latest album, “My Native Home,” includes collaborations with Tim O’Brien, Ben Krakauer, Brittany Haas, and Mark Schatz. Matt is also featured on “Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie,” a 2014 release on Compass Records.