Kiana Weber and Martin Howley | String Wizards | Episode One

Kiana June Weber is a once-in-a-generation musician and public figure that combines her classical training with her love for American and Irish folk music.

Kiana graduated early with a BM in violin performance from University of Michigan SMTD, and gave the commencement speech to her graduating class. At only 19, she was scouted by the violin troupe Barrage and toured internationally for three years. In 2012 she made a splash as the fiddler player in Celtic music’s favorite band, Gaelic Storm, with whom she recorded 4 billboard world No.1 albums. In 2017 she left the band to pursue her own career and toured as a special guest with Grammy award winning artist, Carlos Nunez. In 2018 she originated the role of fiddle on the First National tour of Broadway’s hit Come From Away.

Kiana is an educator par excellence, with a unique pedagogic philosophy that yields measurable success in all learning styles. She founded her own company to further contemporary violin education. American born and living in the West of Ireland, Kiana tours internationally much of the year and enjoys openly sharing her experience.

Martin Howley has been at the forefront of Irish Mandolin and Banjo for over a decade. Martin is a seven-time national champion on Mandolin and Banjo. He was the first Irish Banjo and Mandolinist to play at the hallowed Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee.

Martin is leading the vanguard of Irish mandolin, bringing the instruments to new levels of virtuosity and innovation, and introducing Irish Banjo and Mandolin to new audiences throughout the world. He has performed with The Chieftains, Ricky Skaggs, Eileen Ivers, Carlos Nunez, Steve Earle, Bela Fleck, Altan and Mumford & Sons amongst others.

In 2011, Martin founded We Banjo 3, with David Howley and Enda Scahill. We Banjo 3 began their career under the auspices of Music Network, recipients of the Music Network Young Musicwide award. Martin has managed We Banjo 3 and guided them to become the biggest Irish music act in the US. Their 6 albums to date have garnered multiple Album of the Year awards both in Ireland and the US, Billboard Chart World #1, and Songlines Top of the World Award.|-String-Wizards-|-Episode-One-id5183253-id585877608?country=us