Ask about Brian Ritchie
Key Points
  • Brian Ritchie started as a busker on the streets of Milwaukee USA with alternative rock legends Violent Femmes.
  • The Femmes 30 year career saw them perform in over 40 countries and sell over 5 million records worldwide. 
  • Among venues Brian has performed include Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, northernmost concert in rock history at the Magnetic North Pole, Woodstock ’94, headlining the first Big Day Out, and the lost city of the Incas, Macchu Picchu.
  • In his musical life Brian has performed alongside artists such as Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Lou Reed, INXS, Ornette Coleman, and hundreds more. He has stories!
  • In 2006 Brian moved to Australia and took citizenship. 
  • Brian is currently an award-winning interdisciplinary art curator at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart.
  • His musical career in Australia includes performing with The Break (alongside ex-Midnight Oil members) and touring internationally with Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Topics
  • Who said life had to be predictable - The life and times of a busker turned rock star, turned curator, turned international music festival director.
  • Rock music performance to suit event as required.
Testimonials
“Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the AWME program. I was lucky enough to sit through almost all of your keynote address and it was just brilliant. The feedback from AWME and FTM delegates was overwhelmingly positive, with a number of people asking after a transcript of your speech if you were interested in sharing it.” I
lana Stewart-Australian Worldwide Music Expo 
 
“The presentation was charming, entertaining and insightful - everything we could have asked for and more.”
Maddy Gaspirinatos-Portable Curators Conference
 
“Brian’s talk kick-started our conference and gave us great talking points. He synthesized concepts that usually take laymen years to understand, not to mention articulate, and delivered them in a highly engaging personal style. “
Mark Hollick-Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Conference