Verch attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and rubbed elbows with a lot of musicians there, but perhaps the most important thing she learned was that old-time music wasn't always old-time, and that being sexy while playing it is not a crime. If you like Natalie MacMaster, who hasn't been heard much lately around here, be aware that Verch is the best Canadian traditional musician to come along since MacMaster held the stage at the Summer Festival in the 1990s. She's been ahead of the curve in the current old-time efflorescence, and her talents are still developing as she encounters musicians from other traditions. A rare pleasure is in store.
[Originally published in April, 2013.]