Rosin the Bow – A Multi-Media Presentation

In 2015, storyteller, fiddler, and award-winning public radio journalist 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 United States and parts 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 podcast series and will become part of the permanent collection of violin-related materials at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Join the McHughs for a lively evening of stories, music, and other “notable” surprises as they share what they learned during their travels. They will also perform an assortment of fiddle and banjo duets and Celtic slow airs plus share stories drawn from the rich musical folklore of America, Scotland, Ireland, and Scandinavia.









Rosin the Bow is a wonderful program about the international adventures of Joe and Paula McHugh in their quest to learn more about violin-related instruments and the people who play, create, and treasure them. This lively program was very well loved by the large audience that showed up after-hours to enjoy it”

~ Sara Peté, Director of Adult Services, Olympia Timberland Library, Olympia, WA

“We had a wonderful session with Joe McHugh at the University of Kansas. The things he talked about provided our students with a glimpse of how music has been, and continues to be, an important fiber in the American social fabric away from fancy concert halls and highly produced multi-media productions. The responses from both our students and faculty were unusually positive. I encourage any program wanting to explore boundaries beyond the stereotypical traditional Western art music box to take advantage of Joe’s vast experience and impressive storytelling skills.”

~ Robert Walzel, Dean, School of Music, University of Kansas


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Joe McHugh speaker

Joe McHugh speaking at the Timberland Library event.