The Sparrow Agency

Original Music, Original Musicians.

We are a booking agency and radio promotion company working with Roots, Americana, Folk, and Classical Artists as well as distinguished Playwrights and Novelists.

Just as contemporary bluegrass has Alison Krauss as an ambassador, the Ottawa Valley has April Verch.
— Marco Werman: NPR’s “The World”
 

THE April verch band

Bow. Feet. Vox. A trifecta of talent, keeping tradition feisty.

PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

There is no doubting the quality of April Verch’s fiddle playing and her voice is exquisite.
— No Depression
To witness a performance by April Verch is to participate in a multi-sensory experience. Some of the many hats she wears include fiddler, singer and stepdancer, all of which she combines into a single performance.
— Heartstrings
Now a bona fide quadruple threat, she’s a singer with a sweet and reedy voice; a talented songwriter; a fiddle virtuoso who’s equally at home in laid-back numbers and blazing barn burner; and also a stepdancer.
— The Wire
Without doubt April Verch is the complete package as her records continue to match the magnetism and grace of the live performance.
— Three Chords and the Truth
April Verch stands out as a violin virtuoso playing ‘old style’ fiddle, as a stepdancer, and a vocalist with a character that combines early jazz with old time.
— Music Central
In addition to possessing a delightfully angelic soprano singing voice, Verch is also a fiddle player extraordinaire
— New Country UK
Verch has managed to craft her own unique style of music by resurrecting elements of old American roots and bluegrass and blending them with the simplicity of folk
— Pure M
 

Fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She grew up surrounded by living, breathing roots music—her father’s country band rehearsing in the “Newpart,” the beloved Verch family room; the lively music at church and at community dances; the tunes she rocked out to win fiddle competitions—and decided early she wanted to be a professional musician.

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, bass and clawhammer banjo in addition to Verch’s vocals, fiddle and foot percussion.

Now on her milestone 10th album The Newpart (release: April 7, 2015), with producer Casey Driessen, Verch digs deep into songs and tunes from the era before the often-mined mid-century heyday of bluegrass and folk. Harkening back to vaudeville and beyond, Verch and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of acoustic instruments, voices, and stepping in intimate conversation.

With ten albums and years of touring under her belt, Verch has moved from upstart prodigy to mature and reflective songwriter, interpreter, and storyteller.  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.

Verch keeps the community-fired celebratory side of her music at the forefront, honing a keen awareness of how to engage contemporary listeners. Yet she never forgets the roots of her music, that connection to the people out there in the audience, on the dance floor, to the community sparked by a good song. It’s about doing less to engage more. “I’ve lived with these songs and tunes, and my job is to get out of the way and let them hit the listener. To let them shine on their own and to leave space for interpretation,” Verch muses. “It’s all about touching people, about bringing them together in a community to celebrate music. I’ve understood that better and better as time has passed: how to take this music that is at the center of my life, and make it live and breathe for other people.”

The Newpart has the ability to take you away to another time and place altogether, just be sure to have your dancing shoes ready.
— Northern Life
 

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