Che Apalache. (Contributed photo.)

Che Apalache. (Contributed photo.)

Grammy-nominated Che Apalache comes to Orcas Center Feb. 18

  • Tue Feb 4th, 2020 1:30am
  • Life

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Troop taught bluegrass and old-time for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage.

The band plays at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18 on Center Stage. Tickets range from $15-$47 and are available at www.OrcasCenter.org

Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have curated an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives, evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes. Their most recent album, 2019’s “Rearrange My Heart,” was produced by banjo legend Béla Fleck and was nominated for a Grammy™ award in the Best Folk Album category.