Matt Brown

ARMP Faculty

Instruments: Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar
Currently Teaching: Summer Programs

Matt Brown was introduced to old-time music by his banjo-playing father, Tim, who encouraged him from an early age to play the fiddle. The family attended banjo gatherings and old-time music festivals, and hosted old-time jams and various folk music concerts in their home and in nearby venues. Matt studied classical violin with Linda Litwin and Richard Amoroso and began to play the fiddle formally under the tutelage of Palmer Loux. In his teens, he attended several immersive residential summer camps devoted to old-time music where he met and began to study with an array of extraordinary old-time musicians including Bruce Greene, Brad Leftwich, Bruce Molsky, Rayna Gellert, Kirk Sutphin, Garry Harrison, Rafe Stefanini, Paul Brown, Dirk Powell, Ginny Hawker, and Tracy Schwarz. Those connections then led to visits with venerated musicians Benton Flippen, Red Wilson, and Lester McCumbers. Matt has toured as a soloist, performed with the percussive dance ensembles Rhythm in Shoes and Footworks, and made guest appearances with Tim O’Brien, The John Hartford Stringband, Uncle Earl, Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus, Della Mae, and with Mike Snider on the Grand Ole Opry. He has been on staff at The Colorado Suzuki Institute, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Strings by the Sea, Old-Time Week at The Swannanoa Gathering, and Southern Week at Ashokan. He has taught workshops at Berklee College of Music, Morehead State University, The School For Strings, Music for Youth, and the Music Institute of Chicago. His most recent album, a duo with guitarist Greg Reish, Speed of the Plow, draws its inspirations from Virginia fiddler Emmett Lundy, Oklahoma’s Uncle Dick Hutchison, West Virginia-born Ed Haley, North Carolina’s Benton Flippen, and many more.