Che Apalache

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:30 pm
Whittier Theatre
Adults $26
Student Reserved $16
Student RUSH (at door only) $5

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 music 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.

Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repetoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have created an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives. Evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album, “Latingrass,” is a testament to a powerful cultural and musical exchange.


February 19, 2020, 2:00 pm
Way Down South: Blending Latin American Musical Traditions with Bluegrass and Old-Time Music.

Join Joe Troop (fiddle), Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin)of Che Apalache in exploring the intersection of Appalachian and Latin musical traditions. Explore the building blocks of the musical styles instrument by instrument, vocal part by vocal part as the group breaks down their most popular songs. Throughout the workshop, Che Apalache will share personal tales from their time on the road and playing this unique blend for different audiences.