April Verch, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer- songwriter, will be on the Fox Theatre's Dan Suderman Stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7.
“What I think is most impressive to me is that I’ve been doing this full time since 2000," Verch said. "We make a living playing music that we love and it touches other people. I feel like we’re extremely lucky to do that, but also I work really hard, not just at the music, but at every aspect of our career, to make that happen. That we find a way to make it work, and have had that kind of longevity, that's impressive to me.”
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 group.
The concert grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing—and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns—at once.
She’s fluent in folk traditions—the Canadian ones she was born into and the American ones she later found her way to—that old fiddle tunes like those featured in the Canadian medley “Dusty Miller,” “Fiddle Fingers” and “Grizzly Bear” and the Appalachian medley “Edward in the Treetop,” “Yellow Jacket” and “Quit That Tickling Me” sound positively reinvigorated. Originals like her instrumental waltz “Morris & Boris” and country courting number “The Only One” are clearly made to last.
Tickets for the show are $22.50 and general admission only.