Che Apalache, which means “my Appalachian homeboy,” is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group is led by North Carolina native Joe Troop, who immigrated to Argentina in 2010. While making a name for himself in the local music scene, Joe made a living teaching bluegrass and oldtime. After a few years and numerous late night beers, he and his students had become picking buddies. In 2013, it was time to hit the stage.
Che Apalache began as a traditional Appalachian string band but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repetoir. The result is an authentic South-americana cambalache (mishmash) reminiscent of the Port City melting pot it came out of.
Joe Troop (fiddle, vocals), Pau Andrés Barjau Mateu (banjo, vocals), Franco Martino (guitar, vocals), Martin Bobrik (mandolin, vocals)