April Verch, best known as a fiddle master and for two decades of international touring with The April Verch Band, and banjoist Joe Newberry, well-known for his work with mandolin icon Mike Compton, as well as The Transatlantic Sessions and A Prairie Home Companion, are masters of their traditions and will be touring this summer as a duo. For these veteran performers who come from distinct traditions and parts of the world, their collaboration is fueled by their kindred passion for bringing people together to celebrate traditional music. Blues and ballads stem into Canadian and Ozark regional styles and originals. Their voices blend in harmony, their tasteful instrumentals prove that these masters have nothing left to prove, and then their feet kick up the dust in perfect rhythm...and together, they make you remember why this music existed in the first place. April has often energized the Opera House stage and this summer we welcome her with Joe Newberry. Discounted tickets available through the box office at 207-633-5159.