Wednesday, September 28, 2011

CD Review: April Verch's 'That's How We Run'

That’s How We Run
Slab Town Records

Already known amongst Canadians, April Verch is Ottawa Valley’s shining star on the fiddle. Now, a regular fixture on the U.S. touring circuit, April has made a name for her fiddling away and proclaiming the historical and original tunes of Canada for most of her life. The last few recordings touched on U.S. folk tunes and traditions, which are relatively connected with their northern kin of Canada. Nevertheless, April presents us with seventeen delicious tracks of original and traditional tunes. Some are completely instrumental, incorporating the fiddle, banjo, bass, guitar, accordion, and pedal steel, while others possess April’s sweet and tender vocal abilities. Though, Riley Baugus adds vocals to “Lazy John.” Each track is upbeat and spritely. Anyone with an interest in fiddle tunes, bluegrass, Americana, and folk music should add April Verch to their collection. ~ Matthew Forss  

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