April Verch Trio and Truckstop Honeymoon
A very special double bill with Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer April Verch and her Trio and Lawrence's own Truckstop Honeymoon.
April Verch, who Sam Bush calls "a world class fiddler," has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. She's grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist one of music's most unforgiving public transitions with grace and grit to spare.
The April Verch Band rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a masters degree in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit. 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.
It's a wonder to behold Verch pulling off those pristine double-time triplets with her feet, and the myriad other ways she represents an artist in touch with roots and in her element. She won't be the one to mention that by the time she was finishing up her first year of college she had become the first woman to win both the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition, or even the fact that she represented Canada's fiddling tradition by performing in the Opening Ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Truckstop Honeymoon play tough, funny, hi-octane songs about interstates, pinball arcades and true love. Katie Euliss pounds a doghouse bass while Mike West punishes a banjo mercilessly. Together they charm festival crowds and drive roadhouse drinkers to the dance-floor. "It's like the family story hour, a tent revival, a night at the speakeasy, a trip to a house of ill repute, and a family picnic all rolled into one." (F5, Wichita, KS).
On August 29 2005, flood waters submerged their home base in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Truckstop Honeymoon were on tour when the storm hit and so on-tour is where they stayed. Mike and Katie played shows every night, lived out of their van and kept their two daughters entertained in convenience stores across America. But eventually, the road weary family parked their rig as far from any large body of water as they could get: Lawrence, Kansas. "It's gritty, grisly and guttural, and makes for damn fine music. - Where Y'at Magazine, New Orleans LA
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