THEN AND NOW: APPRENTICE JOURNEYS WITH FIDDLER JOHN P. WILLIAMS, JR.
We’re happy to launch our fourth Then and Now: Apprentice Journeys video! Please visit our Missouri Folk Arts Program YouTube channel to watch Folk Arts Director Lisa Higgins interview master fiddler John P. Williams, Jr.
In April 2016 at the Missouri Folk Arts Program office, John Williams of Madison, Mo. shared his experiences as an apprentice in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program to the late Pete McMahan in the 1990s.
Almost two decades later, John took on his own apprentice, Bob Cathey. Since the video was recorded, John has also mentored Jessie Perrigo and now Sophie Cunningham, teaching the tunes and techniques of a regional Missouri fiddle style.
We hope you enjoy this video, excerpted and edited from the longer interview by Folklorist and Videographer Darcy Holtgrave, PhD.