DateSaturday, July 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
Fiddler, singer, and step dancer April Verch was raised surrounded by roots music—her father’s country band rehearsing; the lively music at church and at community dances; the tunes she rocked out to win fiddle competitions. She is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, yet her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and far beyond. Verch and her fellow trio members, Cody Walters (upright-electric bass, banjo), and Alex Rubin (guitar, mandolin) pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, voices, fiddle, and stepping to create an intimate musical conversation.
The members of Grayson County Daredevils are longtime aficionados of old-time Southern string band music. The group is known for playing a variety of less commonly heard fiddle tunes and songs featuring three styles of banjo accompaniment. The Grayson County Daredevils are Tom Mylet (banjo, guitar, vocals), Kyle Dean Smith (guitar, banjo), Jerry Correll (fiddle, vocals), and Donna Correll (bass, vocals). Tickets are $15.
Since 2013, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has supported concert programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center in keeping with the nonprofit’s mission to ensure cultural and historical preservation, along with natural resource protection, educational outreach, and visitor enjoyment now and for future generations.