Joe Newberry and April Verch will take you back to an era when people made their own fun at holiday time, and all year long, when they bring music of the Ozarks and the Ottawa Valley to Rochester for a Golden Link holiday concert on Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 pm.
The holidays have always been a special time for both of them, with traditions of home and family, festive decorations, and always the music. Lively fiddle and banjo numbers combine with traditional dance steps. You’ll hear original songs and timeless hymns, plus stories that warm the heart and give a twinkle to the eye.
Joe Newberry grew up in a family full of singers and dancers. He took up the guitar and banjo as a teenager and learned fiddle tunes from great Missouri fiddlers. A frequent guest on the radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” Newberry was featured on the Transatlantic Sessions tour in the United Kingdom with fiddler Aly Bain and dobro master Jerry Douglas.
April Verch grew up listening to her dad’s country band play for dances in the Ottawa Valley. She started step dancing at age three and fiddling at age six. Now with countless awards, 10 albums, and more than 16 years of touring under her belt, she has become a reflective songwriter, interpreter, and storyteller, engaging contemporary listeners with her fresh and feisty approach to traditional music.
Both have become masters of their traditions and tour the world with their respective bands and projects. Yet they never forget the roots of their music, that connection to the people in the audience, to the community sparked by a good song.
For a sample of Newberry & Verch’s music, watch this video of them performing “I’m Going Home,” co-written by Joe Newberry and Si Kahn:
Golden Link’s January concert features the Canadian songwriting duo The LYNNeS (Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson), who were just named Ensemble of the Year and English Songwriter of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards. These two multi-instrumentalists fuse tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics. They also have been known to leave the audience in stitches with their between-song banter.
We have added a concert by Michael P. Smith (he wrote “The Dutchman”) on April 13. Tickets will be on sale soon.
And don’t miss Golden Link’s special concert with Judy Collins on March 9 at Hochstein – and keep in mind that concert tickets make great holiday gifts!
Keep on singing!
– Janice Hanson
Janice Hanson is Concert Chair of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, which was founded in 1971 to present, promote, and preserve folk music in the Rochester area.