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Compton & Newberry

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry mine one of the more neglected segments of country music history: the period during the ‘30s and '40s when brother duet music was transitioning into, what is now known today as, bluegrass. Both masters of the bedrock instruments of traditional music, they collaborate with a vision that is both modern and ageless.


As virtuosos of mandolin, banjo, and guitar, their music has reached millions of people, including the more than 4 million regular listeners of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and also the of devoted fans of the Grammy Award-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain soundtracks.  Compton & Newberry are represented by Live Arts and Attractions.  For more information, contact Mark Ross.                                                       

Photo - David Bragger

Photo - Thomas Beck

Newberry & Verch

Ever since Joe Newberry and April Verch met, and discovered a musical spark that few can match, they have toured across North America, Europe, and the U.K., including Nova Scotia’s signature festival Celtic Colours International Festival, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in New York state, and Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland.  Their CD, “Going Home,” was released to wide acclaim, as was their most recent project, a holiday collection titled, "On This Christmas Day."


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. Newberry & Verch can be reached here or here.

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