Biographies

The Misfits of Avalon is a collaboration between longtime friends Brian Weiland and Max Cohen. 

The group also occasionally features Brian’s children Liam, Avalon, and Aiden.


 Brian Weiland ~ 

Hammered Dulcimer, Celtic Mandolin, Guitar, Penny Whistle, Recorder, Percussion, & Vocals

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Photo by Jim Hill

A classically trained percussionist, Brian is a multi-instrumentalist and singer who for many years has performed in a variety of musical groups in a wide range of styles. A lifelong love of Celtic music, combined with a trip to Ireland, inspired him to form the Misfits of Avalon. When not performing, Brian is a music teacher at a K-8 school, and composes music for children’s musical theater productions.


Max Cohen ~

Guitar, Bass, & Vocals

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Photo by Angela Cook

Max fuses impeccable fingerstyle artistry with a rock-solid groove. With several solo CDs to his credit, Max has been called a virtuoso by Guitar Player magazine, and lauded in the pages of Guitar for the Practicing Musician as “among the most musically complete players this column has seen.” In addition to his solo fingerstyle wizardry, Max is a well-respected songwriter, an in-demand session musician who has appeared on dozens of CDs, and a renowned accompanist of traditional music, most notably as a sideman for fiddler Donna Hébert. He also works as a producer and recording engineer in a variety of styles ranging from rock to children’s music.


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Liam Weiland ~  Percussion & Cello


Liam has played drums since before he could speak, and performed onstage at his first professional show when he was six years old. In addition to percussion, Liam plays the cello, bass, piano, guitar, and he sings. He is currently attending the Berklee College of Music where he is studying guitar performance and music production with a further concentration in music business. With his band, he is currently writing and recording an album of original music.


Avalon Weiland ~ Celtic Harp


The namesake of the group, Avalon is a sensitive and dynamic harpist who also plays the piano, guitar, penny whistle, and she sings- though not all at the same time! When not performing, Avalon is an accomplished artist, potter, and jewelry maker who also enjoys dance, figure skating, and horseback riding.


Aiden Weiland ~ Fiddle

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Photo by Angela Cook

The newest member of the group, Aiden's brilliant fiddling - on both raucous technical burners and slow beautiful melodic airs - belies his young age. He has been studying the instrument since he was four years old, and when not fiddling he enjoys reading and writing, all types of crafting especially leather working and whittling, and playing with his big squishy yellow lab Quinn.