World class fiddle, banjo, guitar, song and dance!
Now booking UK tour dates for April 2018
Joe Newberry & April Verch are both master musicians, busy recording and touring with a variety of projects on both sides of the Atlantic. Their American/ Canadian duo collaboration is fuelled by a shared passion for bringing people together to celebrate traditional music, blending folk, bluegrass and old time Americana, with ballads, joyful fiddle tunes and poignant original and traditional songs.
Joe Newberry is a top notch banjoist, guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a guest star on 2016’s popular Transatlantic Sessions live tour and his award-winning songs have been recorded by artists including Ricky Skaggs and the Gibson Brothers. Joe also performs with other bands and musicians including mandolin legend Mike Compton – True North Music was proud to work with Compton & Newberry on their successful UK tour in early 2017. Joe regularly teaches guitar, singing and clawhammer banjo across the USA and Europe, and is a charismatic performer who charms audiences wherever he goes.
April Verch is a world class fiddle player, step dancer and singer from Canada’s Ottawa Valley. She grew up surrounded by living, breathing roots music, started step dancing at age three and playing the fiddle at age six! April has countless awards, ten albums and sixteen years of touring around the world under her belt with the April Verch Band, who True North Music were delighted to host in concert on their last UK tour. Passionate about sharing her skills and passing on folk traditions, April makes master classes, workshops and camps a regular part of her touring activity.
These two hugely talented musicians have now come together for this very special duo project. Their voices blend in harmony, their instrumental playing is unsurpassed, and the addition of April’s spectacular step dancing takes their performance to another level! Their first album Going Home, was also recently released on Apple Music.
“Verch’s lively, expressive fiddle is served well by Newberry’s understated rhythm work. The joy and immediacy captured in this album are unmistakeable. .” – International Bluegrass