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Take Me Back
     

Take Me Back

by April Verch
 
On her third disc for the Rounder label, Canadian fiddler, singer, and step dancer April Verch continues to explore the folk traditions of her own native region as well as those of the regions south of the border (Canada's border with the U.S., that is) and more modern country and folk-rock sounds. Other artists might eventually meld all of those varied influences

Overview

On her third disc for the Rounder label, Canadian fiddler, singer, and step dancer April Verch continues to explore the folk traditions of her own native region as well as those of the regions south of the border (Canada's border with the U.S., that is) and more modern country and folk-rock sounds. Other artists might eventually meld all of those varied influences into a personal multicultural fusion, but that doesn't seem to be Verch's inclination. Instead, she jumps from one style to another, skirling out a vigorous set of jigs or crooked French reels one minute, then delivering a jazzy original tune or a straight-up country weeper the next. There's nothing willful at all about her sound. She's just making the music that she loves, and she happens to love several different kinds of music, so the overall mood is one of joyful eclecticism rather than pretentious overreaching. Verch is a very fine singer, and does a great job interpreting the Missy Raines/Claire Lynch composition "All in a Night" as acoustic country-rock, and is also very convincing on the slightly maudlin "I Still Cry." But she really shines when she pulls out the stops on the dance sets, the best of which include a brilliant medley of jigs titled "Loggers in the Short Grass" and the spectacular "Grand Slaque" set. There's something eternal about the combination of a fiddle, a piano, and an upbeat but slightly melancholy dance tune, and Verch has tapped into that something in a deep way. Kudos to producer Dirk Powell for keeping her sound clean, focused, and uncluttered -- and for pitching in some excellent fretless banjo on a couple of tracks. Very highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2006
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661706224
catalogNumber:
617062

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Performance Credits

April Verch   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Vocals
Sam Broussard   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Mike Burch   Percussion,Drums
Dirk Powell   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Mandolin,Piano,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Choir, Chorus
David Greeley   Vocal Harmony
Marc Bru   Percussion,Choir, Chorus,Spoons,Bodhran
Chas Justus   Choir, Chorus
Eric Frey   Choir, Chorus,Upright Bass,Vocal Harmony
Benoit Legault   Piano

Technical Credits

Julie Miller   Composer
Claire Lynch   Composer
Andy Cutting   Composer
Buddy Miller   Composer
Dirk Powell   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Missy Raines   Composer
Jon Weisberger   Liner Notes
Cindy Greene   Composer
Traditional   Composer
April Verch   Composer,Liner Notes,Step Dancing
Taylor Buckley   Composer

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