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Oct. 12: April Verch Band

Performance to feature French Canadian and Celtic roots music.

2014-10-13
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 9-19-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Fiddler/step dancer/singer April Verch performs 7:30 pm Sunday, Oct. 12 with her trio, playing traditional and original tunes of French Canadian and Celtic roots music. The Performance Series event takes place in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Verch is performing in support of her latest album, "Bright Like Gold." Special album guests include Bluegrass hall of famer Mac Wiseman, 5-time IBMA banjo player of the year Sammy Shelor, and old-time fiddle master Bruce Molsky.

In the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter, Verch's music has been described as "Canada's Ottawa Valley meets Old-Time Appalachia." The April Verch band - rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin - is an energetic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that's not soon forgotten when they depart the stage.

Her past has been extremely successful, winning the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship while still enrolled in high school. In addition, she later won the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition, the only Canadian to win both titles. In addition, Verch represented Canada's fiddling tradition by performing in the opening ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

"We make a living playing music that we love and it touches other people," Verch says in a press release. "We feel like we're extremely lucky to do that, but also we 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."

Concert admission is $15; $13 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for university students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

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