Newberry & Verch bring step dancing and original songs

Submitted by Orcas Center.

Through their strong musical traditions of the Ozarks and Canada’s Ottawa Valley, Joe Newberry and April Verch take a little bit of home with them wherever they go. They’ll be bringing their unique blend of Folk Music to Orcas Center on Friday, Feb. 10.

Verch, best known for two decades of international touring with The April Verch Band, and Newberry, well-known for his work with mandolin icon Mike Compton, as well as The Transatlantic Sessions and A Prairie Home Companion, say that this collaboration holds a special place in their hearts.

Joe and April each bring superb musicianship from their respective Ozark/Appalachian and Canadian Ottawa Valley roots and while they never lose sight of their own unique traditions, their work together also serves to craft an entirely new musical aesthetic, one with its own melting pot integrity.”

Ever since Newberry & Verch met, and discovered a musical spark that few can match, they have toured across North America, Europe, and the U.K., including the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in New York state, and Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland. Whether it is the power of two voices lifted in harmony, or the sound of traditional tunes calling people to get up and move, these two masters of tradition put on an unforgettable show. And, when their feet kick up the dust in perfect rhythm and those two voices become one, Joe Newberry and April Verch make folks remember why this music existed in the first place.

Don’t miss your chance to see Newberry and Verch live at Orcas Center. Ticket prices range from $15-$59. Masking is required in the theater. Call 360-376-2281 ext 100, or visit for tickets and more information. Can’t attend in person? Join us on the livestream by visiting the Orcas Center website at the time of the show.