© 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 claiming her power as an artist and a woman,
and taking charge of her recording process.
Produced by Verch, Walters, Griffin, and their engineer
Chris Rosser, Bright Like Gold is, quite literally, the album of Verch’s life.
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.
The April Verch Band—rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a Masters in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory— is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that’s not soon forgotten when they depart the stage. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing—and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns—at once.
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.
FIDDLE PLAYERS AND MUSICIANS: Join April that afternoon for a rare opportunity to learn technique and inspiration: Canadian Fiddle Workshop Saturday, 3 - 4:30pm. $35.