Music of the Season from Canada to the Ozarks
Featuring Joe Newberry & April Verch
Saturday, December 14th at 4 PM- 25 E. Main Street, Frostburg, MD
$15 Suggested Donation
Growing up, musicians Joe Newberry and April Verch absorbed traditions of home and hearth -in his Missouri Ozarks and her Ottawa Valley of Canada. The holidays have always been a special time of year for both, with the lure of family and friends, festive decorations, gifts under the tree, and always.... music. So now, each year the duo sets out in a modern-day sleigh (with four-wheel drive) to perform their eagerly anticipated holiday tour. Original songs join timeless hymns. Stories warm the heart and give a twinkle to the eye. Lively fiddle and banjo numbers combine with traditional dance steps to illustrate happy times when people made their own fun at the holidays, and all year long. Make your holiday concert list,and check it twice... Newberry and Verch are coming to town!
Joe Newberry grew up in a family full of singers and dancers. He took up the guitar and banjoas a teenager and learned fiddle tunes from great Missouri fiddlers. April Verch grew uplistening to her Dad’s country band play for dances in the Ottawa Valley. She started stepdancing at age three and fiddling at age six. Both Newberry & Verch became masters of their traditions and tour the world with their respective bands and projects. Yet they never forgetthe roots of their music, that connection to the people in the audience, on the dance floor, to the community sparked by a good song.
For these veteran performers who come from distinct traditions and parts of the world, their collaboration is fueled by their kindred passion for bringing people together to celebrate traditional music. Blues and ballads stem into Canadian regional styles and originals. Their voices blend in harmony, their tasteful instrumentals prove that these masters have nothingleft to prove, and then their feet kick up the dust in perfect rhythm...and together, they make you remember why this music existed in the first place.
For more information call 301-687-8040. Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University in partnership with the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council and FrostburgFirst.