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April Verch Trio Bluegrass Concert opens the new concert season

Bluegrass music sensation April Verch will perform at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Friday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Bluegrass music sensation April Verch -- a fiddler, singer and step dancer -- is joined by her band-mates Cody Walters on claw hammer banjo and upright base and Hayes Griffin on guitar for a hot concert for a cold winter night at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Friday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

It is said April Verch doesn't just perform music, she exudes it. The internationally renowned Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and step dancer has a passion for performing and her goal is to touch the lives of those who are listening at any given moment.

"The world is this amazing puzzle that we can't fully understand and music is the joy that pulls it all together and helps us make sense of it," said Verch, with a dynamic excitement and confidence that makes you believe her in a heartbeat.

Dirk Powell, a multi-instrumentalist, who's worked with Jack White, Joan Baez, Riverdance and the film "Cold Mountain," is awed by Verch's ability to play any kind of roots music as though it was her native tongue.

"She's so fluent in the language of music that she never needs to imitate," Powell said. "She hears the heart of it and lets that become part of her core. April's just got that, man; she's always speaking the language for real. She is a rare mix of all the technique and super-flashy things, along with the deep soul and tradition that comes from having grown up with the music."

On her eighth CD, "That's How We Run," Verch explores the southern mountain traditions known as old time music, but always brings her northern roots with her. Plucky, straight-backed

Canadian tunes fit so snugly beside ancient Appalachian airs that you'd think they'd been neighbors for centuries. When she sings her own songs, you feel sultry Southern air blowing through every wet, bluesy slide of "That's How We Run," just as you feel the tight-shouldered Northern chill in her heartbroken "Still Trying."

Admission is $15 advance sale and $18 at the door. Student admission is $8 for this concert. Call (218) 385-3339 to reserve a ticket.