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The New­part

Slab Town Records If you chance upon a fid­dle-car­ry­ing Canadian with a pair of fly­ing feet in the com­ing weeks don’t be alarmed. It’s just April Verch and her two string band side­kicks mak­ing their way around Ire­land fol­low­ing the re­lease of her 10th al­bum. The set is as en­gag­ing as the story be­hind its name. In the late 1970s her par­ents added to their con­verted On­tario school­house home and called it the New­part. It would be­come the site of many ses­sions rich in mu­sic and mem­ory. This theme of small his­tory in­forms the al­bum as Verch leans heav­ily on old coun­try and vaudeville tunes and songs. The lively opener Belle

Elec­tion is a strong ex­am­ple as is It Don’t Do Noth­ing But Rain. Verch has a light, sweet, reedy voice that ex­udes per­son­al­ity. Her play­ing is equally ex­pres­sive and her step-danc­ing adds a dash of rhythm and drama.

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