MCTA Presents Holiday Concert With Joe Newberry and April Verch
Frostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will host a holiday concert featuring Joe Newberry and April Verch in “Music of the Season From the Ottawa Valley to the Ozarks,” on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The live entertainment is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $15.
Newberry and Verch are masters of their traditions. With beautiful harmony singing, breathtaking instrumentals and exquisite dancing, these two hit the stage in perfect rhythm, performing tunes, ballads, step dancing and original songs by way of Canada and the Ozarks.
Newberry, from the Missouri Ozarks, and Verch, from Ottawa Valley, absorbed traditions of home and hearth. The holidays have always been a special time of year for both, so every year the duo sets out in a modern-day sleigh (with four-wheel drive) to perform their holiday tour. Original songs join timeless hymns, along with lively fiddle and banjo numbers combined with traditional dance steps, to illustrate when people made their own fun at the holidays, and all year long.
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. Verch grew up listening to her dad’s country band play for dances in the Ottawa Valley. She started step dancing at age 3 and fiddling at age 6. Both Newberry and Verch became 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 and to the community sparked by a good song.
For more information, email MCTA at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 301-687-8040 or like Mountain City Traditional Arts on Facebook.
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 4:00pm
Mountain City Traditional Arts
25 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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