Chip Cohen has been fiddling for audiences across the United States since the 1970s. After studying classical violin as a youth in Maryland, he traveled to the Great Smokey Mountains, where he immersed himself in bluegrass and old-time fiddling. He's been fiddling ever since, playing everywhere from taverns and street corners to music festivals and concert halls, and working with such internationally acclaimed artists as the Holy Modal Rounders, the Johnson Mountain Boys, Ferlin Huskey, and Michelle Shocked. Along his musical journey, he has added Celtic, Cajun, and Klezmer fiddle, classical guitar, and original compositions to his repertoire.
Since arriving in Oregon in 1984, Chip has played with several popular Northwest bands including the Cascadia Folk Quartet, winners of the Portland Music Association's 1987 Crystal Award for outstanding folk music act, and the Conjugal Visitors, voted best acoustic band in the 2008 Eugene Weekly readers poll. He currently performs as a soloist, and with several bands playing a variety of musical styles, and teaches fiddle lessons and workshops.
Chip has published two volumes of Tall Tales and Twin Fiddles, and has recorded his music on numerous CDs, including his solo album Horsehair, which the Eugene Weekly hailed as a "musical masterpiece".