© 2013 Crossings at Carnegie
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Doors open at 6:30pm
Performance next door at the State Theatre in Zumbrota (map)
“Verch is one of those young pickers who can drive away any angst you might feel about the future of bluegrass … Whether fiddling or dancing, she’s fully engaged.”
– David Morris, Bluegrass Today.com
World-class fiddler April Verch performs folk music of Canada and the southern United States, Celtic ballads and more, always finding the heart of the music and singing it truly, with no need to imitate. Verch, with Cody Walters on upright electric bass and banjo and Clay Ross on guitar, performs with a sultry voice and a fast-sawing fiddle bow.
The trio win over audiences not only with sheer virtuosity on their respective instruments, but also with charm, humor and boundless energy on stage. Audiences are drawn in, though, by subtle things – her pure voice, the finely detailed elegance of her fiddle phrasing and the depth of a repertoire that ranges through material from bluegrass to Brazilian to Celtic, from a jaunty Canadian folksong to a poignant contemporary ballad.
Verch doesn’t just perform music, she exudes it, sometimes engaging in fiddle licks so intense her bow sheds hair. The internationally renowned Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and stepdancer has a passion for performing. Her goal is to touch the lives of those who are listening. She became the first woman in history to win both of Canada’s most prestigious fiddle championships, the Grand Masters and Canadian Open; and when Canada hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, she was asked to represent her country’s music at the opening ceremonies.