Thursday, 19 March 2015

April Verch - Release: The Newpart & Dates in Ireland & UK

April Verch, the only woman to have won the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition, will be coming across the Atlantic in May - but more of that later.

'The Newpart', April's tenth album (produced by Casey Driessen) will be released by Slab Town Records on the 20th April. April's name is equally likely to appear on the lineup of a Bluegrass, Folk or Celtic festival and 'The Newpart' demonstrates why she has such a wide appeal.

Anyone familiar with April will know that dancing features significantly in her performances and 'The Newpart' is no exception; listening the the album, when the track 'Gilchrist' began I scribbled 'musical feet' only to later find that April described 'Gilchrist' as "a tune for feet". 'Gilchrist' is named after Donnie Gilchrist who taught April's stepdancing teacher, Buster Brown.

For those not familiar with April and her dancing, here is an example:

As might be expected, there are traditional tunes (such as Belle Election, Polska From Kumla & Dry Bones), tunes and songs written by April (sometimes with Cody Walters) but also songs which evoked and earlier age. Again, referring to notes, I wrote about some songs that 'could be from a bygone age' and 'not out of place in a black & white era romantic film' to subsequently find that these songs were discovered in recordings from the 1920's and 30's from artists such as Nick Lucas, Seger Ellis and Lew Childre yet beautifully interpreted by April, guitarist Hayes Griffin and banjo/bassist Cody Walters. Did I mention that there is a John Hartford song too?

April talking about 'The Newpart' which is part of her family home and which gives it's name to her new album :

Back to the tour...

April will be perfoming concerts (mostly) in Ireland throughout May with two dates in England (Derby & Bury) but will be returning to the UK in November for further dates.

  • Weds 6 Carrick-on-Shannon The Dock
  • Thurs 7 Listowel St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre
  • Fri 8 Wexford Wexford Opera House
  • Sat 9 Cork Triskel Christchurch
  • Sun 10 Baltimore Fiddle Fair NB: Afternoon show at 3pm
  • Tues 12 Clifden Station House Theatre
  • Weds 13 Dublin The Sugar Club
  • Thurs 14 Bray Mermaid Arts Centre
  • Friday 15 Drogheda Droichead Arts Centre

Northern Ireland
  • Weds 20 Belfast Black Box
  • Thurs 21 Portstewart Flowerfield Arts Centre
  • Fri 22 Lisburn Island Arts Centre

  • Sat 23 Derby Robert Ludlam Theatre
  • Sun 24 Bury The Met