April Verch Band
Fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She grew up surrounded by living, breathing roots musicher fathers country band rehearsing in the Newpart, the beloved Verch family room; the lively music at church and at community dances; the tunes she rocked out to win fiddle competitionsand decided early she wanted to be a professional musician.
She took that leap, and has been quietly leaping into new, nuanced places for more than two decades. Moving from exuberant stepdancer to fiddle wunderkind and silver-voiced singer, Verch may still spend many a fond hour rehearsing in the Newpart, when at home and not on tour, but like tradition itself, she has never been content to stand still. When you really know and love this music, Verch reflects, you want to go deeper, to bring out new dimensions, without straying too much into novelty.
Verchs inspiration often comes from unexpected quarters: the mix made by a dedicated fan or regional music aficionado (how Verch discovered many of great Old-Time American tunes in her repertoire), a field recording played in the tour van that left Verch and her two trio-mates dumbstruck. The rough blues gems, the ballads with roosters crowing and dinner cooking in the background: Old recordings often touch Verch profoundly.
Yet Verch never forgets the roots of her music, that connection to the people out there in the audience, on the dance floor, to the community sparked by a good song. Its about doing less to engage more. Ive lived with these songs and tunes, and my job is to get out of the way and let them hit the listener. To let them shine on their own and to leave space for interpretation, Verch muses. Its all about touching people, about bringing them together in a community to celebrate music. Ive understood that better and better as time has passed: how to take this music that is at the center of my life, and make it live and breathe for other people.
The April Verch Band features world-class musicians Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo, and Alex Rubin on guitar and mandolin. Together, these three passionate musicians tour tirelessly across Canada, the United States, the U.K., Europe, Australia & Asia. 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 Nelson Odeon (View)
4035 Nelson Rd.
Nelson, NY 13035
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