Brittany Haas

violin

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, who were her mentors. A prodigious youth, she began touring with Darol's Republic of Strings at the age of 14. She simultaneously studied baboons in the evolutionary biology department of Princeton University while minoring in music performance, and composition with professor Dan Trueman. During that time, she also joined the seminal chamber-grass band Crooked Still with whom she toured. Brittany also performed with Yonder Mountain String Band, Tony Trischka, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas -- her cellist sister -- and Abigail Washburn. She played her fiddle on Steve Martin's Grammy Award-winning CD The Crow and performed in his band on Letterman and Saturday Night Live. Brittany released her debut solo album at 17, which was produced by Darol Anger and features Bruce Molsky, Mike Marshall, Alison Brown, and others. She recently released You Got This, an album of all original music with her trio Haas Kowert Tice. Brittany plays in the Dave Rawlings Machine with Gillian Welch, and in a duo with Swedish fiddler Lena Jonsson.