Introducing the “April Verch Bigger Band”
The April Verch Band is pleased to announce the addition of Ivan Rosenberg & Ben Winship to their tight little trio, for the debut of “The April Verch Bigger Band”! The AVBB will premier at concerts in March 2014 in Alberta & British Columbia! This is just the exciting beginning, stay tuned for more details & tour dates to come! Until then, help us welcome Ivan & Ben, and go check out their music!
With 5 solo albums and many more collaborative projects to his credit, Ivan Rosenberg has gained a dedicated following for his melodic, expressive acoustic music on Dobro and clawhammer banjo. His original songs have appeared in over 300 television programs and films including The Daily Show, Oprah, Call of the Wildman, History Detectives, HBO’s Making Deadwood, the Special Edition DVD of Serenity, and the Hollywood blockbuster Kangaroo Jack. In recent years, Ivan earned an IBMA Award for co-writing the 2009 Song of the Year; played on the Jerry Douglas-produced CD Southern Filibuster: A Tribute to Tut Taylor; engineered and co-produced CDs for top acoustic artists such as Pharis and Jason Romero and John Reischman; and performed with Chris Coole, Chris Jones, and The Foggy Hogtown Boys among others. Ivan is also an expert instructor, having taught a combined 40 weeks at workshops such as Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, the CBA Music Camp, 108 Mile Cabin Fever, NBCMS Workshop, SoreFingers, the Grand Targhee Music Camp, and the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop (where Ivan was also artistic/program director for 5 years).
Ben Winship is a self taught musician who has been playing mandolin for over 30 years. He is a versatile player who is comfortable with a wide range of styles from bluegrass and old-time, to dixieland and blues. Performance-wise, Ben can most often be found on stage with Brother Mule and the Growling Old Men. Over the past 25 years, gigs have taken him everywhere from Hawaii to Shetland, Anchorage to Equator, with appearances along the way at places like the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, A Prairie Home Companion, NYC’s Bottom Line and the Vancouver Folk Festival. In addition to playing the mandolin, Ben is also a well respected songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist. The Boston Globe called his sound “A further leap from traditional hill country music.” While Tim O’Brien refers to him as “One of the acoustic music scene’s best writers.” When not performing, he can be found in his studio producing CDs, recording his own music and teaching.