The April Verch Band
Experiencing an April Verch show is like hopping a supersonic freight train from an old lumber camp in northern Ontario, across the wide open prairie, through the Appalachians, down the Mississippi to the Louisiana Bayou, across the sea to Brazil, France, the Scottish Highlands and back, with stops at Carnegie Hall and church thrown in for good measure. An April Verch concert is equal parts invigorating, surprising, heartbreaking, heartwarming, haunting, charming, thrilling, foot-stomping, faith restoring, and smile inducing — all in all, utterly unforgettable. It’s a musical journey you do not want to miss, one that will have you entranced from start to finish, and ultimately not wanting to get off that train that you hopped on just two hours earlier.
A performer since early childhood, April Verch is a seasoned entertainer with a demanding touring schedule. She has released seven albums, including her 2001 Rounder Records release, Verchuosity, which earned a JUNO nomination (the Canadian equivalent to a Grammy) for best roots/traditional album. Her 2008 release features her touring band and includes other familiar names — Tim Stafford, Larry Cordle, Ron Block, Melonie Cannon, and Sam Bush — among the songwriters, harmony vocalists, and instrumentalists.
Following a year of intensive study at Boston’s Berklee School of Music (under Matt Glaser and Darol Anger), she launched her professional career by winning the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and the Canadian Open Fiddle Champion titles (the first and only woman to win both).
April is not just a world-class fiddler, she is a world-class dancer and a singer whose voice has been hailed as “absolutely captivating” by the Toronto Star. She tours tirelessly, winning over audiences not only with sheer technical ability, but also with her charm, humor, and boundless energy on stage. She crosses genres easily from bluegrass to Brazilian to Celtic, from a jaunty Canadian folksong to a poignant contemporary ballad, and the audience is with her all the way.
April is an utterly unique performer, whose high energy brand of musicianship inevitably brings audiences to their feet, whether at a folk festival in Finland, a concert hall like the Ryman Auditorium, a bluegrass festival in Oklahoma, or a Celtic festival in California.
Bass - Cody Walters
An experienced fiddle teacher, having taught at several prestigious fiddle camps (including Mark O’Connor’s)
Cody grew up in rural northeastern Kansas, and started playing upright bass while attending college at the University of Kansas in 1999. He has since played in various bands, performing different styles of music, focused on bluegrass, but ranging from jazz to alt-country, folk to latin. He currently resides in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts and has been a member of the April Verch Band since January 2007.
Guitar - Lincoln Meyers
Born and raised in the Midwest, Lincoln spent long hours of his early teens teaching himself the guitar. During college, Lincoln and some local pickers formed the “Missouri Breaks” and played bluegrass festivals in and around Missouri. This allowed Lincoln to hone his skills as a rhythm player as well as a flat-picker and eventually brought him to the National Flat-picking Championships in Winfield, Kansas where he finished in the top five. For the last decade Lincoln’s talents have been in demand on stage and in the studio by many of New England’s finest bands. He’s been a member of the April Verch Band since January 2008.
Percussion - Marc Bru
Marc grew up in rural Saskatchewan and as any young Canadian boy played hockey nearly everyday. He discovered music in his early twenties and realized that percussion was what he really loved. He has been a member of the April Verch Band since 2000 and is widely recognized as one of the best bodhran players in North America. Marc uses various types of folk percussion including bodhran (Irish frame drum) and French Canadian spoons.