Brian Ritchie started his musical career in Milwaukee, USA as a busker with folk-punk pioneers Violent Femme which skyrocketed to record deals, press notoriety and international touring, playing more than 2000 concerts, 40 countries, over 30 years.

He is currently Music Curator at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Tasmania and Artistic Director of MONA FOMA. Brian has continued his performing career as a member of modern surf-rock band The Break with three ex-Midnight Oil members and Italian Punk band Zen Circus. He is a master shakuhachi (bamboo flute) player, regularly tours internationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and also is currently touring again with The Violent Femmes.

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Brian Ritchie

Creative partner of Bleach* Festival since 2011