April Verch Band July 13, 2013 - 7:30 PM Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 51 W. 5th St. Grand Marais, MN
Tickets $15 adults, $5 students 18 & under, general seating. For sale in advance at www.tix.com (no fees) or at the door. Box office opens at 6:30 pm
April Verch is an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. Raised in Ottawa Valley, a melting pot of Franco-Celtic flavors from the hard-working loggers who settled the area, Verch was immersed in folk music and dance from childhood. Ferried to dance-filled old-time gatherings and country & western jamborees by her music-loving parents, she followed her older sister into step dancing at age 3, and picked up the fiddle at age 6. By the time Verch graduated high school, she’d won the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and released a pair of albums, followed by a year at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and a win at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition, which made her the first woman ever to take both of her country’s two top contests. From there she dove into a full-time music career, signing with Rounder Records for a trio of albums—produced by the likes of Bruce Molsky and Dirk Powell—starting to put her delicate soprano to use and experimenting with a more contemporary palette.
The April Verch Band is rounded out by upright-electric bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a Masters in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory. Together, these three passionate musicians tour tirelessly across Canada, the United States, the U.K., Europe and Australia. They have established a reputation as consummate performers, winning over audiences not only with sheer virtuosity on their respective instruments, but also with charm, humor and boundless energy on stage.
The band is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, which concludes each concert with Verch fiddling and step dancing—and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns—at once.
“A show that ranges from quiet and intimate to raucously spirited, but always compelling.” ~ Nashville Scene
“Slowly taking the world by storm with a sound that is uniquely Canadian.” ~ Roots Music Canada
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