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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661706224
  • Catalog Number: 617062
  • Sales rank: 140,799

Album Credits

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
Ken Irwin Mastering
Buddy Miller Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
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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