Artist-in-Residence Brian Purwin Provides 'Bluegrass for Breakfast' at Local Festival

Brian Purwin plays violin. Photo/Erin Fulton
It seems like since arriving at Better Farm a little more than one year ago, Brian Purwin has played violin with everyone.

From the house band on Friday nights at the Dancing Dog to solo practice sessions during a part-time stint at the local wine store; from jam bands in smoky clubs to classical music as brides take the aisle, Brian's become a bit of a celebrity around town. His work has been utilized for full-length album recordings, private violin and piano lessons, and everything in between.

One of Brian's biggest efforts musically in the last year has been to get into the bluegrass circuit. And so, with due diligence and commitment, he has: as a major player in this year's "Bluegrass in the Vineyards" music festival held Aug. 27 and 28 at Coyote Moon Vineyards in Clayton, N.Y.

That festival featured local and national bluegrass artists picking and playing on-site at the winery, a two-day craft fair and market, and all the food and drinks you would ever need.

Brian's Foggy River Band performed Saturday and Sunday:
Foggy River Band is from left: Brian Purwin, Nick Piccininni, Chad Darou, Liza Atkinson, Perry Cleaveland, and Jim Treat. Photo/Erin Fulton
To contact Brian about private violin or piano lessons, to to book a gig, e-mail To learn more about our betterArts residency program, click here.