Joe McHugh is a storyteller, fiddler, and award-winning public radio journalist who travels the world exploring the many roles the violin family of instruments play in society today. He has interviewed gifted musicians who play a variety of styles—classical, folk, jazz, and rock—as well as master luthiers, dealers, collectors, tone wood producers, insurance agents, museum curators, rosin makers, string designers—even FBI agents who have helped recover stolen violins. The Rosin the Bow archive of recorded interviews will eventually become a permanent part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of violin-related materials.
Christian Howes - Jazz Violin and the Hero’s Journey - Part 2
This is part two of my fascinating interview with violinist and music educator Christian Howes.
Christian Howes - Jazz Violin and the Hero’s Journey - Part 1
Christian Howes is a gifted violinist who grew up in Ohio playing classical music, soloing with the Columbus Symphony at the age of sixteen. But then his life was turned upside down when he was sentenced to served four years in prison. I traveled to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2016 to ask Christ to share his remarkable story with us. This is part one of that conversation.
Mark Keenan - Irish Violin Maker
I recorded this hour-long interview with violin maker Mark Keenan in 2017 when my wife Paula and I traveled to Ireland. Mark's studio is inside the historic Belmont industrial flour mill in Co. Offaly. Mark's grandfather was also a violin maker at the beginning of the twentieth century in Dublin.
Jody Stecher - Old-time Musician - Part Two
Here is part two on my conversation with old-time musician Jody Stecher that ranges from music theory, what's in tune and what's not in tune when playing different fiddle tunes for instance, to the intricacies of an old ballad about two sisters who fall in love with the same young man with the refrain, "Oh the Dreadful Wind and Rain." Jody also shares his history with different violins he's owned over the years.
Jody Stecher - Old-time Musician - Part One
Jody Stecher is one of the most highly respected folk musicians in the world today. His knowledge of the genre is encyclopedic and his singing and skill on a variety of traditional string instruments is unrivaled. I interviewed Jody at his home in San Francisco in 2017. This is part one of that conversation.
Courtney Granger - Louisiana Fiddler
While attending the National Folk Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 2015, I had the opportunity to interview fiddler Courtney Granger who was performing at the festival with the Pine Leaf Boys. Sadly, Courtney passed away recently and I wanted to share this interview with others. He was a talented musician and a lovely human being. He will be missed.
I really enjoyed the episode about Thomas Jefferson!
A must listen podcast for all fiddle players!
Whether you play classical, old time, Irish or klesmer fiddle, you'll find this podcast super interesting and informative.
The podcast is done in interview format, with different names in the violin world. As of right now, it seems like most of the people have been luthiers, but there are also a bunch is music related episodes, and I've learned a ton from all of them.
Rosin the Bow
Love it! I have learned so much about music and life!