By the time people begin to arrive at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, held in the Salem County in Woodstown, NJ, just across the Delaware Memorial Bridge from Wilmington, Delaware, a crew of volunteers has worked for several days lining out the camping areas, cleaning the floors of the permanent buildings, erecting plastic fences, creating the infrastructure necessary for a well-oiled festival to run. When campers started to arrive, the staff at the gate was ready to move them through quickly so they could claim their preferred camping spots.
April Verch comes from the Ottowa Valley of northern Ontario, Canada to Delaware Valley via Berklee College of Music and years of touring. The result is a scintillating combination of music and dance from a variety of traditional, mostly Celtic, sources. Her show is filled with song, dance, and useful information. Supported by two fine musicians (Cody Walters on bass and banjo, Alex Rubin on guitar and Mandolin) who enrich her show while demonstrating their own virtuosity, Verch has refined and developed her program into a journey through North American folk dancing.
Danny Paisley comes from Southeaster Pennsylvania, where his parents moved to benefit from the industrial growth experienced in the region during the immediate post-World War II period. Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass became a major touring band, and Danny became lead singer on his father's death. They sing a raw, earthy brand of bluegrass that reflects hard times with the influence of both the mountains and move to a better life. With son Ryan emerging as the third generation of the Paisley family in the band, and the Lundy brothers, TJ and Bobby, continuing with the band, there's plenty of tradition and plenty of great singing and picking.