Best Bets: April Verch brings Celtic traditions to Nancy's Farm

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 22, 2014 

April Verch

Fiddler/step dancer/singer April Verch performs with her trio playing traditional and original tunes of French Canadian and Celtic roots at 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014 at Nancy's Farm, 2030 E. Smith Road.

SANDLIN GAITHER — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Fiddler/step dancer/singer April Verch performs with her trio playing traditional and original tunes of French Canadian and Celtic roots at 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, at Nancy's Farm, 2030 E. Smith Road.

She's performing in support of her latest album, "Bright Like Gold." Special album guests include Bluegrass Hall of Famer Mac Wiseman, 5-time IBMA banjo player of the year Sammy Shelor, and old-time fiddle master Bruce Molsky.

In the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter, Verch's music has been described as "Canada's Ottawa Valley meets Old-Time Appalachia."

The April Verch Band - rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a master's degree in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory - is an energetic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that's not soon forgotten when they depart the stage.

"We make a living playing music that we love and it touches other people," Verch says in a press release. "I feel like we're extremely lucky to do that, but also I work really hard, not just at the music, but at every aspect of our career, to make that happen. That we find a way to make it work, and have had that kind of longevity, that's impressive to me."

Suggested donation is $15.

Details: nancysfarm.com

THE LEWIS & CLARK EXPEDITION

Mount Baker Theatre presents the 18th season of its Education Series,"The Lewis & Clark Expedition - A Celebration of American Teamwork" onstage eight times in the theater's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

There will be two performances each day at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. from Monday, March 24 through Thursday, March 27.

Fresh from his tour as inventor/prankster Thomas Edison, Patrick Garner has returned to cast his audience in the role of Lewis & Clark's "Corps of Discovery" to illustrate the mission to explore the newly-acquired Louisiana Purchase.

The Corps is led by captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Students learn of history's unsung hero, Clark's slave York; resourceful Sacagawea, who proves herself a role model for every generation (she made the entire trek carrying her newborn son, Pompey); her ne'er-do-well husband, Toussaint Charbonneau; the ill-fated Sergeant Floyd; accident-prone Pierre Cruzatte; and last minute savior, ancient Nez Pierce Watkuweis.

Even Lewis' Newfoundland dog, Seaman, is present on this exciting trip. Witness historic events, hair's-breadth escapes, chance reunions, ferocious animals, comic mishaps, scenic splendor, newborn babes, and ancient natives in one of America's greatest real-life adventures.

Tickets are $7 for the general public, and $8.50 for students in the Bellingham School District. The additional $1.50 offsets a portion of the district transportation costs.

Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.

NORTHWEST WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME

Join us to salute four inspiring women who help make this a caring community. They will join the YWCA Northwest Women's Hall of Fame at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23, in Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave.

This annual celebration is a highlight of Women's History Month.

Recipients are:

-- Superior Court Judge Deborra Garrett, who as an attorney, focused on employment and housing rights for low-income people and pro bono service to nonprofits;

-- Julianna Guy, a persistent spokesperson for a park and branch library in the underserved Cordata neighborhood, who is now helping to create a park in the King Mountain area;

-- Lummi leader Ramona Elizabeth Phare Morris who, for decades, has advocated for the rights of Native Americans in Whatcom County, throughout the Northwest and across the nation;

-- and Ann Marie Read, who has helped thousands families rear successful adults over the past 25 years as a parenting educator at Bellingham Technical College.

Tickets are $30. Details: 360-734-4820.

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