April Verch Band
Ontario's April Verch has won a slew of fiddle awards in Canada, mostly showing off her agility as a disciple of the Ottawa Valley school and its melting pot of French, Irish, Scottish, and Polish influences. As she's matured her influences have diversified, not only sneaking in blues, jazz, and Latin elements, but also embracing country, bluegrass, and old-time music from Appalachian traditions. Verch's That's How We Run, released last summer, is meant as a flat-out tribute to those Southern mountain roots, which it is. Except that she has woven them so thoroughly with the Great White North stuff, including her originals, that the lines are becoming increasingly blurred. That's particularly true of her impressive vocals, which wander into Allison Krauss/Dolly Parton territory on the Flatt & Scruggs cover "Waiting Until You Call Me Darling" and her own countrified "Still Trying." She'll be backed by guitarist Clay Ross and Cody Walters on bass and banjo. Opening will be Minnesota's own Roe Family Singers, who also like to stir what they freely admit to be "subversive and punk" influences into their old-timey meanderings. Check out the evidence when they crank up trad fare like "The Crawdad Song" and "O Susannah" from last summer's second Roe disc, The Owl and the Bat and the Bumblebee. (Photo by Marc Bru)
Thu., Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2012
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