Gabe Witcher

Birth name Gabriel Witcher
Born June 11, 1978
Genres Progressive bluegrass, bluegrass, Americana, Rock
Instruments Violin, fiddle, guitar, drums, mandolin, bass, vocals

Gabriel “Gabe” Witcher (born June 11, 1978) is an American multi-instrumentalist, producer, and arranger best known as a fiddle player and singer, He is a founding member of the string ensemble Punch Brothers. Witcher and his fellow Punch Brothers were named Affiliate Scholar of Oberlin Conservatory in 2014.

Gabe Witcher began his performing career in 1984, at the age of six, at the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite when he was invited on stage by Bill Monroe to perform a duet in front of a workshop crowd. Later that day Witcher, along with his father, were invited to perform three songs on the main stage in between acts. This launched the formation of “The Witcher Brothers” which performed throughout the southwest United States for 25 years.

In 1995 Witcher was asked to join the “Laurel Canyon Ramblers”, led by veteran bluegrass/country musician, Herb Pedersen, after their original fiddler, three-time National Fiddle Champion Byron Berline, moved from Los Angeles to Oklahoma. He was with them for four years and appeared on two albums with them.

In 1999, Witcher joined Bela Fleck’s “The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 2” tour (filling in for fiddler Stuart Duncan) with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton and Mark Schatz. In 2002 Witcher joined Jerry Douglas’ band and was a regular member until the formation of Punch Brothers in 2008.

Witcher spent 2005 working with Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina on the Loggins and Messina “Sittin’ In Again” tour where he played Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Percussion and sang.

In 2010, he joined the Dave Rawlings Machine for two weeks of tour dates. The lineup consisted of Rawlings, Gillian Welch, two members of Old Crow Medicine Show, and Witcher.

He performed with Eve 6 on the Horrorscope tour (2000-2001) performing bass and backing vocals, allowing Max Collins more mobility onstage. He also performed on the track “Anytime” from the 2001 film Out Cold.

Witcher has appeared on film & television scores including as The Good Dinosaur, The Hunger Games – Mockingjay 2, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Hunger Games, Brokeback Mountain, Cars, Toy Story, True Detective, Nashville, Better Call Saul, Sons of Anarchy and many others. He co-produced music with T-Bone Burnett for the television shows Nashville and True Detective.

Witcher has 9 Grammy nominations. 5 nominations with Punch Brothers and 4 Grammy nominations as a producer: 2017 Best Bluegrass Album for Noam Pikelny’s “Universal Favorite”, 2017 Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge “Mount Royal”, 2015 Bluegrass Album of the Year for “Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe”, and 2013 Bluegrass Album of the Year for Noam Pikelny’s “Beat The Devil and Carry a Rail”, which also won “Album of the Year” at the IBMA Awards in 2014. He has also appeared on records by Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Beck, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Fiona Apple, Shania Twain.

Witcher has written arrangements for Elton John, Kronos Quartet, Punch Brothers, Rhiannon Giddens, San Francisco Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, The Secret Sisters, Nashville and True Detective.

Personal life

On September 15, 2013, Witcher married actress Mary Faber

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