Joe Newberry and April Verch are both master musicians, and this Canadian/American duo collaboration is fuelled by a shared passion for traditional music. Newberry and Verch perform an entertaining blend of folk, bluegrass and old time Americana, with ballads, joyful fiddle tunes and poignant original and traditional songs. These two hugely talented musicians have been touring together as a duo for several years and released the first Newberry & Verch album Going Home in 2017. Their voices blend in harmony, their instrumental playing is unsurpassed, and the addition of April’s spectacular step dancing takes their performances to another level!
Every week in the late 50s and early 60s The Scotsman published a traditional Scottish folk song: lyrics and melody alongside an explanatory article. Findlay’s Grandfather, Findlay Cumming, cut them out and pasted them into an old ledger. These articles, by folklorist Norman Buchan, were later published as both the 101 Scottish Folks Songs and eventually as The Scottish Folksinger. These books have become two of the most influential books on the Scottish Folk scene past and present. Featuring songs that became the core material for artists such as Dick Gaughan and Barbara Dickson and bands like The Battlefield Band and The Tannahill Weavers. The Ledger is a time capsule of the fledgeling Scottish and UK Folk Scene and is brought to life by Findlay Napier, Gillian Frame and composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass.