Che Apalache


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Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage and road.

Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their compelling repertoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have curated an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives, evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes. Their most recent album, Rearrange My Heart, is produced by banjo legend Béla Fleck. How quickly they have soared from playing gigs in Argentina to being nominated for a 2020 Grammy!

Three standing ovations in one set at the 2020 Wintergrass in Bellevue, WA this February says it all! Grey Fox is thrilled to welcome Che Apalache for their debut appearance. Put this band on your “must see” list.