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The Focal Point does not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination, negative COVID-19 tests, or masks. There may be future shows where these are required at the request of the performer. This will be clearly noted on our website and all social media platforms when the event is advertised. We will also continue to follow the St. Louis County Health Department guidelines and will update our practices accordingly. Thank you for your continued support for The Focal Point.
Joe Newberry & Chris Brashear
April 14 @ 8:00 pm$20 – $25
Chris Brashear plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar and he is a singer with a wide vocal range and a clear, distinctive voice. Growing up in Ozark, Missouri, in the rolling farm country situated south of the James River between Springfield and Branson, Chris frequented “the Shack” on Saturday nights to hear and play along with fiddlers Emmanuel Woods and Art Galbraith, the Woods family and Byron “Bye” Kelly. He also knew Max Hunter and a variety of regional singers interested in learning, singing and performing ballads from the Ozarks. Chris’s Ozarkian heritage remains a vital piece of his creativity and repertoire. In 2017, he was asked to be part of the Berea College Music Festival as a presenter and performer of music from the Ozarks region. Brashear’s solo recordings were produced by Jody Stecher and Jim Rooney.
Known around the world for his clawhammer banjo playing, Missouri native Joe Newberry is also a powerful guitarist, singer and songwriter. Growing up in a family full of Ozarks singers and dancers, with roots in Springeld, Mo., West Plains, Mo., and Eureka Springs, Ark., his Grandfather Newberry was a long-time hunting and fishing companion of Ozark song collector Vance Randolph. Joe’s dad was a classmate and friend of song collector Max Hunter. A longtime and frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, Newberry was a featured singer on the Transatlantic Sessions 2016 tour of the U.K. with fiddler Aly Bain and Dobro master Jerry Douglas, and at the Transatlantic Session’s debut at Merlefest in 2017. In addition to his Ozarks collaboration with Chris Brashear, he plays in a duo with mandolin icon Mike Compton, and with the fiddler and step-dancer April Verch.