10/26/2016 Asheville Citizen-Times, Event preview , 'Asheville's Mountain Mix: Folk music and fun frights'

Joe Newberry grew up in Missouri among fiddlers and dancers who taught him the tunes of the Midwest. Transplanted to North Carolina as a young man, he’s become an important player in the traditional music scene. A powerful banjo player and prolific songwriter, the Gibson Brothers’ version of Newberry’s “Singing As We Rise” won the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association gospel recorded performance award and he shared co-writer honors with Eric Gibson for the 2013 IBMA song of the year, “They Called It Music.”

A stately figure with a warm smile and voice, he’s a frequent guest on “A Prairie Home Companion” and recently appeared on the Transatlantic Sessions tour with fiddler Aly Bain and dobro player Jerry Douglas.

Fiddler, singer and stepdancer April Verch grew up immersed in the music of her native Ottawa Valley, step dancing with an older sister at age 3 and fiddling at age 6. Fast-forward to today’s Canadian champion (the first woman ever to win both of her country’s top two fiddle contests) who loves international folk music, from Celtic to Southern Appalachian. The collaboration of these two passionate folk musicians is a surprising and fun show.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road, Asheville, $12 advance, $15 door, seated concert, tables available with dinner reservations, 828-575-2737, isisasheville.com.