April Verch - Verchuosity

Verchuosity

April Verch

82161-7019-2 Rounder Records Corp.
One Camp St
Cambridge, MA 02140
info@rounder.com

A review written for Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Jim Zimmerschied
(banjoz@aol.com)

This is not a typical fiddle album. When April Verch lights up her fiddle a whole orchestra of sound and sweet notes pours forth. Verchuosity is one of those albums which is hard to put away once you start listening. April is a Canadian Grand Master Fiddle champion who has put together here a fantastic array of traditional and contemporary fiddle music.

There are 16 titles on the CD but many are medleys so you get 26 tunes for your money. There are about equal numbers of traditional vs. contemporary tunes. April has contributed six of them from her own composition. I like the traditional tunes the best and would rate the other music here as only -- excellent. There are French Canadian dance tunes such as Reel de la Broue, an Appalachian tune called Lost Boy which has a lively frailed banjo accompaniment, and the time honored Dusty Miller and Wood Chopper's Reel. One of my favorites on the CD is a Scottish traditional called Ross' Reel No. 4. All played to perfection by April. As if that isn't enough, according to informative liner notes, she step dances while playing some of the tunes. [Remember some of us have trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time.]

The modern tunes are enjoyable too. April's Brittany is a lovely waltz. Diabinho Malucco is a lively Brazilian tune. Sneaky is a tune with a jazzy flavor, co-authored by April and Taylor Buckley. The last tune on the album The Old Rugged Cross is like one old time fiddler I know says, "One for the Lord". It is truly beautiful in this rendition.

In summary Verchuosity is worth its weight in gold and a must for anyone who loves fiddle music.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

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