A native of northern Minnesota, Brian Miller fell in love with Irish traditional music as a teenager in the crowd at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. His passion led him to spend a college semester abroad at University College Cork where he fell deeper in love with the music and the Rebel City–making many happy returns there. Based in St. Paul since 1998, Brian is also the product of the rich Irish music scene of the Twin Cities that continues to strengthen each year.
Brian is active as a musician, researcher and librarian. He provides guitar and bouzouki accompaniment for the band Bua with whom he has travelled all over the United States. He also performs with Belfast-born fiddler Danny Diamond. As a researcher, and with his duo The Lost Forty, Brian revives Irish-influenced songs collected in the Great Lakes region and the stories of the singers and fiddle players that carried them. He directs the Eoin McKiernan Library, writes the blog “Northwoods Songs” and teaches at the Center for Irish Music.
Instructor — Bouzouki | Enrichment Class – Irish Music Accompaniment and the Transformation of Irish Music: 1962-1975