One of the most esteemed fiddlers of her generation, Verch has been immersed in a deeply explorative musical journey since the age of three. While Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. Verch tours with world- class musicians as a trio, featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass and clawhammer banjo in addition to Verch’s vocals, fiddle and foot percussion.
One might suspect a performer with as many talents as Verch would pause to take a breath, or need to somewhat compartmentalize her skills during a live performance. But on stage, Verch is almost superhuman, flawlessly intertwining and overlapping different performative elements. She stepdances while fiddling. She sings while stepdancing. Sometimes she sings, steps and fiddles all at once, with apparent ease and precision. Verch is - as they say - a triple threat in performance, her live show a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust, and masterfully executed. For more info.: www.aprilverch.com
Concert tickets are $19 ($16 advance sale). Children 16 and under are half price and under 6 free. Purchase tickets at any Saturday concert, on the web or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego. Find more information online at http:// oswegomusichall.org/ or email: [email protected]
The Season continues with the Hook on Friday, Feb. 22 when Todd Hobin, Jim Shaffer and Avalon share the stage. Then on Feb. 26 and 27, there’s Open Mic/ Songwriting contests on Friday and End of America on Saturday with Cam Caruso opening. For a complete performance schedule visit the website or pick up an event calendar or poster from the lobby in the McCrobie Civic Center or from the river’s end bookstore.
The Music Hall is a non profit organization that has been run entirely by volunteers from its inception in 1978. Volunteers can earn admission to shows through various tasks— from running the sound board to making popcorn. Students can also earn credit for community service.
Concerts are made possible in part with funding by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.