Joe Hertz lives in Calgary, Alberta, and is the newest member of Cowboy Celtic. He has been playing fiddle with the group for about 16 years, and is also a closet (and word has it, accomplished) mandolin player.
Joe has been playing the fiddle for 20 years, starting at the tender age of four. His repertoire includes classical, eastern European, Irish traditional and, of course, cowboy. Joe was a member of the Calgary-based youth group, the Calgary Fiddlers, for several years before striking out on his own to help form the musical group Fiddlers GF. This group evolved into two groups, Barrage and Clanterra. Joe played an important role in the formation and sound of all three groups, and recorded Waiting for the Wicker Man with Clanterra.
Joe and his fiddle are in constant high demand, and he plays with several groups locally and internationally when he is not engaged with Cowboy Celtic. A CD featuring Joe, Scott and David is nearing completion, and should be released in mid 2003.
The recording studio is no stranger to Joe, as he has recorded on four Calgary Fiddlers albums, the Fiddlers GF album Imprint, Cowboy Celtic’s The Drover Road, Fiddlestix’ CD Fiddlestix, Barry Hertz’ Sure Cure, and Scott Ring’s My Own Rocky Coast.