Sprung from the music of southern Appalachia, Julian is a free-spirited violinist who spins luscious tone with modern ease. Named the 2021 Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, Julian also won the 2016 Fresh Grass Fiddle Award and the 2017 RockyGrass fiddle competition. A member of Peter Rowan’s Bluegrass Band, Julian currently resides in Nashville where he works extensively as a sideman for artists such as Love Canon, Ben Sollee, Kyle Tuttle, and many others.
Julian spent his childhood surrounded by many iconic acoustic musicians in Asheville NC including fiddler Bobby Hicks – whose smooth and lush sound has had a big impact on Julian’s playing. Now residing in Boston and a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Julian has been honored with the 2016 Fletcher Bright Award and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival’s 2015 Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship.
Julian is often found, teaching at camps, recording, subbing with artists such as Molly Tuttle and The Stash Band, and has performed at many notable festivals including: Winnipeg and Calgary Folk festivals, Merlefest, Fresh Grass, and Rocky Mountain Folk Festival. Drawn by his love of improvising and the inherent expressiveness of acoustic music, Julian is a nuanced tune-writer and recently released his debut album of bluegrass inspired instrumentals in May 2019.
"His fiddle playing is unique and joyful, a rare mix of technical precision and soul. I was immediately struck by his musicianship, and his flexibility to be both a leader and an ensemble player."
- Aoife O'Donovan