Known around the world for his clawhammer banjo playing, Joe Newberry is also a powerful guitarist, singer and songwriter. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing As We Rise” won the 2012 IBMA “Gospel Recorded Performance” Award. With Eric Gibson, he shared the 2013 IBMA “Song of the Year” Award for “They Called It Music.” A longtime and frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the Transatlantic Sessions in the U.K., and at the Session’s debut at Merlefest.
with Special Guests
Matt watroba is a song leader, a song writer, and a custodian of American folk and roots music. He is committed to getting the world to sing, one town at a time. He has shared his compassion for the music as a writer, performer, and radio host for more than 30 years with one goal in mind: to leave the audience feeling better than they did when they got there.
April Verch and Cody Walters
For more than two decades, fiddler, singer-songwriter and step dancer April Verch has been recording and captivating listeners worldwide. Her signature sound blends together regional Canadian, American old-time, bluegrass, country and Americana. She and husband Cody Walters, who plays with her in the April Verch Band, have spent quarantine time producing a new children’s music project – “Top of the Hill.”
Befriended and mentored by Bill Monroe, the acknowledged Father of Bluegrass Music, Mike Compton is one of today’s foremost interpreters of Monroe’s genre-creating mandolin style. Mandolin students from around the world make the pilgrimage to his annual Monroe Mandolin Camp in Nashville, Tenn. His songbag is deep as well, and his singing is like a masterclass in finding the heart of a vocal.
With a beautiful ear for language, a heart that understands pain and glory, and a voice to match all of that, Darcy Wilkin is an unerring guide to the human condition, and a singular songwriter and performer. Based in Kalamazoo, Mich., she is a founding member of the Americana band The Corn Fed Girls, and co-hosts the long-running radio program Grassroots, with her father Mark Sahlgren.
With our 2020-21 jam & workshop series, the Ashokan Center invites the local and global community to learn, build community, and connect thru music & dance!