Brian Alley Music

"A banjo will get you through times of no money, but money won't get you through times of no banjo" -John Hartford


Howdy! I'm brian. my number one earthly passion/vice/happy place is playing my banjo. nowadays i live and strum in portland, oregon- via new york, japan, and colorado, which i will always consider "home". i've grown up loving, learning and exploring all sorts of music and hope that comes through in my playing. I also get a lot of satisfaction out of teaching. and i love helping people realize their own musical ambitions.

i can fully relate to the excitement and the challenge of learning an instrument. my all-too-clear memories of learning the fundamentals helps me relate to newcomers who are still getting the basics down; and my constant pursuit at reinventing my own playing might give intermediate and advanced players some fresh insight into developing their own style. drop me a line via my lessons page. oh and you might as well check out my gigs page- I'd love to catch you at a show!