- Earle Hitchner
(b Bronx, NY, June 16, 1961). American traditional Irish music fiddler. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries he was considered the greatest living exponent of the so-called New York Sligo style of fiddling, typified by a brisk but unrushed tempo and rhythmic, fluid bowing. Encouraged by his Co. Tyrone-born, violin-playing parents, he started fiddle lessons in 1972 with the Co. Limerick-born, Bronx resident fiddler and teacher Martin Mulvihill. Further refinement of Conway’s technique in the Bronx came from the Co. Sligo-born fiddler Martin Wynne and the New York-born fiddler andy McGann, who had studied with the Sligo fiddling master Michael Coleman. In 1973, after just 18 months of tutelage, Conway won his first all-Ireland junior fiddle title and the following year added another. In 1986 he became the fourth US-born competitor to win the all-Ireland senior fiddle championship. Among Conway’s recordings are The Apple in Winter...