FREEPORT – April Verch is known for her pure voice, energy, world-class fiddle playing and the depth of her repertoire, which ranges from bluegrass to Brazilian to Celtic, from a jaunty Canadian folk song to a poignant contemporary ballad.

Also a champion Ottawa Valley stepdancer and an acclaimed composer, she will bring her blend of folk, jazz, bluegrass and roots music to Discovery Park Saturday, June 14, to kick off L.L. Bean’s Summer Concert Series 2008.

Besides Verch, the April Verch Band features world-class musicians Marc Bru on percussion, Lincoln Meyers on guitar and Cody Walters on upright-electric bass. The April Verch Band tours tirelessly across Canada, the United States, the U.K. and Europe. They have won over audiences not only with sheer virtuosity on their respective instruments, but also with charm, humor and boundless energy on stage.

It was Verch’s time spent studying music at Berklee College of Music in Boston that first lead her to blend different types of traditional music to form her own distinct sound. 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.

Besides her vigorous touring schedule, she teaches workshops, master classes and music camps. She has released seven recordings to date. Her 2001 Rounder Records release earned a JUNO nomination, the Canadian equivalent to a Grammy, for Best Roots/Traditional Album.

The outdoor concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the park on Morse Street. Bring your lawn chairs. Admission is free.

L.L. Bean’s Summer Concert Series 2008:

Saturday, June 14

April Verch

Canadian fiddle

Saturday, June 21

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Swing

Saturday, June 28

Martin Sexton

Contemporary folk

Friday, July 4

Toby Lightman

Contemporary pop

Saturday, July 5

Daryl Hall

Pop

Saturday, July 12

Kathy Mattea

Acoustic country

Saturday, July 19

Portland Symphony Orchestra

Classical

Saturday, July 26

Buddy Holly’s Original Crickets

1950s rock ‘n’ roll

Saturday, Aug. 2

Brandi Carlile with guest Jason Spooner

Contemporary folk

Saturday, Aug. 9

Richie Havens

Folk

Saturday, Aug. 16

The Jerry Douglas Band

Contemporary bluegeass

Saturday, Aug. 23

John Hiatt and the Ageless Beauties

Contemporary folk

Saturday, Aug. 30

Lonestar

Pop country

Sunday, Aug. 31

Keb’ Mo’

Pop blues


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