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Biographies:  Oliver Browne

oliver browne, irish fiddler

Dublin-born fiddler and West Virginia State Fiddle Champion, Oliver Browne has been playing Irish fiddle since he was seven years old. His early lessons were with Padruig O'Keefe and Denis Murphy. As a teenager, he took 2nd place in the All-Ireland fiddle championship for his age group. During the 1970's he played and recorded with the Irish ensemble, Blackthorn. In the 1980's he emigrated to the U.S. He won the West Virginia State Fiddle Championship at Glenville in 1985, and has been playing the fiddle for many years at Irish Step Dancing competitions in the U.S.


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