Boulder Junction Public Library

Rosin the Bow: A Fiddler’s Journey through the Fascinating World of the Violin Family

From July 17, 2018 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Categories: Special Events
Storyteller, fiddler, and award-winning radio journalist Joe McHugh will present “Rosin the Bow: A Fiddler’s Journey through the Fascinating World of the Violin Family” on Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm, at the Boulder Junction Community Center.

In 2015, Joe McHugh set out on a quest to explore the many roles the violin family of instruments play in the world today. Traveling throughout the Unites States and part of Italy, France and Ireland, Joe and his wife, Paula, recorded interviews with gifted musicians who play a variety of musical styles from classical to jazz, folk to rock. They also interviewed violin makers, dealers, collectors, tone wood producers, composers, string designers, museum curators – even FBI agents who helped recover stolen violins. These interviews are now featured in an exciting new public radio/podcast series and will become party of the permanent collection of violin-related materials at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Join the McHugh’s for a lively evening of stories, music, and other “notable” surprises at they share what they learned so far during their travels. They will also have an assortment of fiddle and banjo duets, Celtic slow airs, and stories drawn from the rich musical folklore of American, Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia.

Joe McHugh is a storyteller, writer, historian, and traditional Appalachian and Celtic fiddler. He is the producer and host of the radio series The Telling Takes Us Home, a Celebration of American Family Stories and has produced a number of radio documentaries and oral history projects looking at the foster care system, educational leadership, juvenile judges, and the allure and danger and whitewater rafting among others. Working with his daughter Anna McHugh, he received the 2000 Golden Reel Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for best local public affairs documentary. He is the author of a number of books including The Phantom Fiddler and Other Notable Tales, a collection of original short stories inspired by the rich folklore of the violin.

All members of the public are welcome to attend this free presentation and refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the library at 715-385-2050.

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