Trail Mix | April Verch

first_imgMy grandmother was a violinist.When I was much younger, I can remember her describing in detail her efforts to learn to play it and how, after an injury from an automobile accident, she had to set her violin down.Stuck in my mind most vividly, I remember how she told me it was one of the most difficult instruments in the world to master, and I remember being awed by her willingness to try it.These discussions with my grandmother came to mind as I sat down to listen to April Verch, who – somehow – has managed to add an extra level of difficulty to the already taxing task of fiddle playing.Verch, who hails from Ottawa Valley, Canada, is a prodigious fiddle player, having taken up the instrument at the age of six. Though it is hard to believe, Verch – at the ripe old age of the average Kindergartner – was already an established traditional step dancer, a skill she began honing at just three years old, when she first laid bow to strings.The Berklee College of Music graduate now punctuates her ferocious fiddling with traditional step dance routines. Verch’s performances are truly a remarkable one-two punch, with her fiddle prowess matched equally by her dance moves.This month, Verch released The April Verch Anthology, a compilation of eighteen tracks that chronicle her nearly twenty year recording career. I recently caught up with April to chat about the new anthology, learning to both fiddle and dance, and amateur entomology.BRO – How hard was it for you to pick the eighteen tracks on this anthology?AV – I kind of thought that listening through all of the old releases might make me cringe a bit, honestly, and that it would be hard to find enough that I felt good about. But it wasn’t like that at all. It was enjoyable, and the only hard part was deciding how to narrow it down. We basically decided to try to approach it by including a healthy mix of both fan favorites and personal favorites. which are surprisingly almost always two different things. I think we achieved a nice blend and that the end result gives a good overall picture of my career thus far.BRO – If you had to add one more, what track might you pick?AV – It’s a bit hard to pick just one more, but I think I would have to go with “Lazy John,” from my 2011 release That’s How We Run. That track featured Riley Baugus and Dirk Powell and is pretty special. They are the real deal, and I love that old song.BRO – We are featuring “Jump Cricket, Jump” on this month’s Trail Mix. How much cricket studying did you have to do to get this track just right?AV – I am extremely fortunate to have two great scientists in my band. Cody Walters, who plays bass and banjo, has a degree in environmental science, and Alex Rubin, who plays guitar, is a neurobiologist. Together we measured and the number of chirps per minute that a cricket makes to determine the best tempo and groove for the track, all depending on the temperature of the day, of course. It gets rather complicated when we’re touring, so we base our findings on a rolling three day mean of temperature and humidity surrounding the gigs’ locations, as well as other factors, which I probably shouldn’t get into here, like pollen counts and local fishing conditions.*BRO – You picked up fiddling and dancing at very young ages. Which was harder to learn?AV – I started dancing at three and fiddling at six, and as far as I remember now, both were equal in degree of difficulty. Everything is easier when you’re a kid, though, isn’t it? I remember feeling like I could do anything that I put my mind to! And I think I had some natural ability, so things weren’t so hard at first. Then I realized several plateaus as I got older and more experienced, and that’s when the work really began, to overcome those challenges. I was lucky to have great teachers and to be surrounded by local musicians and dancers, too, which made all the difference to me.BRO – Any advice for parents of kids learning the fiddle?AV – Let them squeak. Don’t even mention it! I think the best way to get past the awkward squawks that come with learning an instrument is to let them fly so that you can learn to avoid them. Encourage a fearless approach, rather than trying to get them to play more quietly to avoid them, and they’ll end up with better tone more quickly. And remind kids that playing music is about expressing yourself and having fun, not about being being perfect. Actually, that’s not a bad thing for parents to remember, too.April Verch and her band have shows scheduled in Nashville, Louisiana, and even my hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi, this week. For more information on April, her band, or when she might be coming to a stage near you, please check our her website.Also, be sure to listen to “Jump Cricket, Jump,” along with tracks from Shinyribs, Nicki Lane, Bell The Band, Southern Avenue, and more on this month’s Trail Mix.* This might be the best answer I have ever gotten in a Trail Mix interview, and I really, really want to believe it to be true.last_img read more

California man arrives to police station with dead body and confesses to killing three others

first_imgAuthorities in Mount Shasta, California have arrested a man after he arrived to the police station with a body in his vehicle and confessed to killing four people.The incident occurred at 12:11 pm Monday.Officials say the suspect walked into the lobby of the Mt Shasta Police station and told authorities that he murdered four people inside of his apartment in Roseville.Investigators found a deceased person inside the suspect’s vehicle and another three bodies inside the suspects apartment which was over 200 miles away.Investigators reported that they believe the suspect knew the victims and stated that he was not a threat to the general public.The name of the suspect and the victims have not yet been released by police. Authorities also did not provide any other details on the killings.last_img read more

Middletown Democrat Sparks Firestorm

first_img“The comments made (by) Jeana Sager shouldn’t be said on camera or behind closed doors, because they are unequivocally wrong. Her false and demeaning assertions do not represent the values of the Monmouth County Democratic Party or the dozens of Democratic candidates trying to better their community across our county,” county chairman David Brown said in a statement Sept. 21. “Our party will not stand for or support this disgraceful way of thinking, which is why we are refusing all resources to the Sager campaign and formally withdrawing the endorsement of the Monmouth County Democrats. Let it be a clear message: The Monmouth County Democratic Party will not stand for this disgraceful behavior now or in the future.” “But what constitutes a criminal?” Sager asked. “Because to me, a lot of police are criminals.” “Just saying ‘a lot of cops are criminals’ is not something that I could endorse or be part of or be comfortable campaigning with,” he said. Saying “a lot of police are criminals,” she can be seen standing outside the Middletown Township municipal building and offering her views on drug policy to members of the public, which included at least one journalist and marijuana advocates who had spoken at the township committee workshop meeting earlier. Sager’s remarks, first reported by More Monmouth Musings, a website friendly to Republicans, ignited a political firestorm and threw the upcoming contest for two seats on the governing body into turmoil. Her fellow Democrats denounced her comments, with even her running mate, Sean F. Byrnes, saying he was suspending his candidacy over what she said. Members of the township committee, including Mayor Tony Perry, and the president of the Middletown PBA issued statements critical of her as well. Perry reacted Sept. 21 to Sager’s statement by saying the Democrat had “chosen to double down on her feelings and comments.” Sager can be heard talking on the roughly 15 1⁄2-minute-long video saying that, if elected to the township committee, “I would love to start addressing drug policy.” For instance, she offered her support for needle exchange programs. In addition to angering her party, Sager also was criticized by the leader of the police union in the township. Middletown PBA Local 124 president Adam Colfer said her comments “are completely unacceptable.” “All across the country members of law enforcement are continuing to face the real threat of physical violence, so the last thing we would expect is to be branded ‘criminals’ by someone who wants to serve in elected office,” he said in a statement released Sept. 20. “Candidate Sager should apologize immediately to the Middletown Police Department, and to law enforcement ever ywhere, for her hateful rhetoric against the very people who have chosen to take on the responsibility of protecting our neighborhoods.” After the video’s release, Democrats sought to distance themselves from Sager. The leadership at the party’s local and county levels issued statements on the same day saying they had pulled their support from her. “Ms. Sager appears to be using her candidacy as a platform for her offensive and dangerous agenda that would be nothing short of harmful and detrimental to Middletown and its future,” he said. According to More Monmouth Musings, the video of Sager speaking was shot by “marijuana activist” Edward Grimes, who put it on Facebook. The website published the entire video as well as an excerpt of it. In a statement Sept. 20, Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore called Sager’s comments about police “disgusting and highly offensive.” But he said he was “equally disturbed with Ms. Sager’s covert plan, if elected, to decriminalize drugs and create safe injection sites and needle exchanges within this community.” MIDDLETOWN – Jeana Sager, a Democrat running for Middletown Township Committee, remained in the race despite bipartisan calls for her to drop out after video surfaced last week of her making anti-police comments in June. “Nothing will change unless there is a court order,” she said by email. But in her statement, Sager sought to turn the tables on her critics, particularly members of the township committee. Sager, who could not be reached for comment, appeared to be referring to an incident involving officer Carl F. Roth, who allegedly hit a motorcyclist in Ashland, New York, in August. The victim was not from New York, but Canada. Sager, though, sought to inject gender politics into the race by noting she was the only female candidate of the four people running for township committee. “It is a sad state of affairs when Americans cannot have honest conversations about timely issues such as police violence and the racist and prejudicial drug war, which is killing our youth, without fear of political crucifixion by both political parties,” she said. “The off-the-cuff conversation, which occurred in June in a parking lot, was not a prepared speech. I was not discussing a Middletown campaign platform. I was talking about issues that impact families in my community. My opponents held on to this information while they figured out how to hurt my candidacy, a move which clearly shows ulterior motives rather than being the forthright and honest people they would have you believe they are.” But Byrnes said he had suspended his campaign. Recognizing that she is running in a Republican town, she said she has to be “careful how I speak.” “We have withdrawn our endorsement of her candidacy for Township Committee and will commit no resources to her campaign, which we have asked her to end,” he said in a statement Sept. 21. “We are proud of our candidate Sean Byrnes who issued a statement setting for th his absolute disagreement with her comments and thanking the police for their service. In addition, we have spoken to county and state Democratic leaders who are in complete agreement with us.” By Philip Sean Curran “With regards to my reference to police crime, Mayor Perry, who is calling for my resignation, is one of the biggest hypocrites who sat silent along with Republican candidates Rick Hibell and Kevin Settembrino, when a Middletown police officer recently almost killed a New York resident while driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of a severe accident,” Sager said. “I encourage people to take a deep breath and focus on what was actually said about police violence and not what people say was said. If we can’t have an honest conversation about police, some of whom act criminally, then we are not protecting our citizens or the police who risk their lives for us.” Later, she said she wants to remove drug users from the criminal justice “realm” and said she did not want to stigmatize drug users as having an illness. In response, Sager released a statement Sept. 21 in which she did not apologize for remarks about police, called the controversy an “immature distraction” and said she was being attacked for her views. At this stage, Sager and Byrnes will remain on the ballot as the opponents to Republican incumbents Kevin M. Settembrino and Rick W. Hibell. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon said Sept. 23 that ballots have been printed. “There are plenty of people that I hang around with that are drug users and they use drugs recreationally and responsibly,” said Sager. Michael DiCicco, chairman of the Middletown Democratic Party, called her remarks about police “inaccurate, unfounded and hur tful.” In comments captured on video outside Town Hall in June, Middletown Township Committee Democratic candidate Jeana Sager made an anti-police comment that has sparked intense reaction from leaders of her own party, the PBA and the mayor. Democratic running mate Sean Byrnes has since suspended his bid.Photo courtesy YouTube “These liberal reckless polices have no place within our town, our county or anywhere in our state,” he said. “Our children should not be taught that it’s OK to inject drugs because we make it safe or be forced to walk over (hypodermic) needles on the way to school or while playing in our parks as children in San Francisco and other social utopias are being forced to do.” At one point, one man in the small group calls for getting the “criminal speakers” out of high schools who deliver opioid awareness messages. “People have always come up with reasons to silence and push women out of politics,” she said in her statement. “Just because I want to have tough conversations about difficult issues, some private and some public, doesn’t mean I will be bullied out of this space by the very cowards who think they are in a better position to ignore these issues to the detriment of our community.”last_img read more

Ready or not, here comes the 2011-12 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season

first_imgTyler Parfeniuk and Riley Henderson as well as season netminder Andrew Walton.The local contingent includes defenceman Blake Arcuri (out until mid-October due to off-season shoulder surgery, Kootenay Ice grad Carsen Willans along with Dallon Stoddart and Okanagan Hockey Association grad come home, Lynden Horswill.Of course, on the other side of the ice the Rebels have a few weapons of their own including 20-year-old forwards Anthony Delong, Scott Morriseau and Tyler Robinson.In goal Alex Ross will look to shake off that final game in Castlegar last season when the Osoyoos Coyotes filled the net en route to the KIJHL title.Castlegar also has momentum on their side having outscored the Leafs 14-5 during two preseason games.“I expect to see a different (Leaf) team when we begin play this weekend,” Maida predicts. “We’ll have (goalie) Andrew (Walton) in the lineup and we’ll have had a week to work on systems and some structure.”Nelson also will have a few other additions to the lineup in defenceman Walker Sidoni, with the Leafs after being released from Junior A camp and Cameron Dobransky a forward that comes to Nelson following a successful stint with Salmon Arm of the BCHL.Game time Friday in Castlegar is 7:30 p.m.Saturday’s return match goes at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Maida moves Hogg, gets center in returnLeaf coach finally was able to trade former goalie Darren Hogg to Osoyoos Coyotes in a four-team deal. Nelson acquired center Alexander Jmaeff of Creston in the transaction. The others teams involved in the deal were Grand Forks and Penticton.Special pre-game ceremonyThe Leafs hockey club will honour two special contributors to the club who are no longer with us. Longtime scorekeeper, Jim Kienholz and former goalie Gerry Koehle as well as two fans will be honoured during a moment of silence before the game. Kienholz was killed in a plane crash during the summer while Koehle died of [email protected] the 2011-12 starting lineup for the Green and White below. By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt doesn’t matter if the final roster is set or not, the show must go on.Friday night on ten fronts the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League kicks off its 2011-12 campaign.Included in opening night is the Nelson Leafs facing off in the Sunflower City against the defending Kootenay Conference Champions, Castlegar Rebels.“It’s the real deal,” said Leaf rookie coach Frank Maida on the eve of the home-and-home series against the Rebels.Despite not being able to finalize the roster — a major reason for some players not being made available is due to Junior A hockey clubs, like those in the BCHL, not starting the season for another week — Maida refuses to treat the weekend set as a tune-up for the rest of the season.“Because they’re points involved,” was Maida’s response to the suggestion of this weekend’s results not being that important.A few players returning that Maida has put a lot of stock include winger Colton Schell, who filled the net for Nelson during an exhibition tournament in Fruitvale along with veteran defencemanlast_img read more

Smokies’ head coach to stay in Trail

first_img“We’re happy to have Bill carry on in his role as our head coach and general manager,” said Smoke Eaters president Tom Gawryletz. “We were one of the hardest-working teams in the BCHL this season and I’m excited about the core of players eligible to return under Bill’s guidance next year.”Per club policy, contract terms will not be disclosed. The Trail Smoke Eaters announced today that head coach and general manager Bill Birks has accepted a contract extension.Birks joined the Smoke Eaters as an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season and was named head coach and general manager in May of 2011.This past season, Birks led the Smoke Eaters to a 26-28-0-2 overall record, more than doubling the previous season’s win total. Trail’s goal differential also improved over 2011-12 by a figure of +86 and three Smoke Eaters (Scott Davidson, Brent Baltus and Garrett McMullen) earned NCAA Division I scholarships.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Falls In Final Seconds At Illinois State

first_img Full Schedule Roster Story Links Box Score (HTML) The Drake University men’s basketball team erased a 13-point first-half deficit before Illinois State rallied back in the final minute to defeat the Bulldogs, 67-60, Sunday afternoon at Redbird Arena to snap the Bulldogs’ four-game win streak.Despite the loss, Drake remained in a tie for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings as fellow first-place team Loyola also lost Sunday.”It came down the wire again,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “We weren’t quite ourselves in the first half, but came back in the second half, competed hard and did a nice job getting the game even. Down the stretch, we weren’t able to convert on some opportunities and they had some guys make some big plays.”Drake (21-8, 10-6 MVC) senior Nick McGlynn narrowly missed another double-double as he led the Bulldogs with 18 points and nine rebounds. Tremell Murphy added 13 points while Brady Ellingson continued his torrid three-point shooting with three second-half three-pointers to help the Bulldogs erase their halftime deficit. Anthony Murphy also added nine rebounds and four assists.Illinois State (15-14, 8-8 MVC) earned the season sweep of the Bulldogs thanks to 21 points and eight rebounds from Milik Yarbrough and 14 points and nine rebounds from Phil Fayne.Drake opened the second half on a 9-0 run to tie the game at 33-33 on a D.J. Wilkins three-pointer with 17:42 left in the game and would hold ISU scoreless for the first five minutes of the half. “I thought we played more aggressively. We wanted to get our transition game going and be in attack mode,” DeVries said. “I thought our tenacity was better to start the second half. The Bulldogs had multiple opportunities to claim the lead, but Illinois State answered each charge until Drake took its first lead, 52-52, on a basket from McGlynn with 5:21 left. However, a pair of three-pointers from William Tinsley twice re-established the Illinois State lead including with 1:41 left at 61-59. “I thought we had some good momentum going and thought we could have built on that,” DeVries added.”It really comes down to which team can make the most big plays down the stretch.Drake remained within two points until the final 20 seconds when ISU fouled Drake to send the Bulldogs to the line. Unfortunately, the front end of the one-and-one was missed and the Redbirds collected the rebound and proceeded to make enough free throws to close the game on a 9-1 run to defeat the Bulldogs.The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday, Feb. 27, to close out their home season at 7 p.m. against Indiana State. The program will also honor its three seniors prior to the start of the game. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Mediacom MC22/ESPN+ Listen Live Watch Live Indiana State 2/27/2019 – 7 p.m. Next Game: Box Score (PDF) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

QPR v Derby County line-ups: Polter and Sandro subs as both sides make one change

first_imgSebastian Polter is again among the substitutes for QPR at Loftus Road this evening.Polter, who has been nursing a thigh problem, is joined on the bench by Sandro, who drops out of the starting line-up.James Perch returns after a one-match ban and there is again a starting place for Yeni Ngbakoto.Derby, who have won their last six matches, make one change, with Andreas Weimann making his first league start of the season. QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Hall, Lynch; Perch, Cousins, Luongo, Bidwell; Chery; Washington, Ngbakoto. Subs: Ingram, Borysiuk, Gladwin, Polter, Shodipo, Sandro, Wszolek. Derby: Carson, Baird, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Johnson, Butterfield, Hughes, Ince, Weimann, Bent. Subs: Mitchell, Bryson, Shackell, Russell, Camara, Vydra, Hanson.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Home pitches hide Virat Kohli’s weaknesses, says James Anderson

first_imgEngland fast bowler James Anderson took a dig at Virat Kohli, saying that the Indian captain’s technical flaws are not visible because of the helpful Indian tracks which lack pace and movement.Anderson dismissed Kohli four times during India’s Test series in England in 2014 but the batsman has already scored 640 runs in the ongoing  five-Test series at an average of 128. Kohli has been in prolific form in 2016, scoring heavily in all formats of the game. (The world will be at Virat Kohli’s feet in a few years’ time: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)However, England’s most prolific wicket-taker felt Kohli, who has scored three double hundreds in 2016, was not tested enough in home conditions.”I am not sure if Virat Kohli has changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he has got are not in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There is not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England – with a bit more movement,” said England’s highest ever wicket-taker in Test matches. (Virat Kohli joins Bradman, Ponting in elite list after third double hundred in 2016)”When that (pace and movement) is not there, Kohli is very much suited to playing in these conditions. He is a very good player of spin – and if you are not bang on the money and don’t take your chances, he will punish you,” he added.ENGLAND FAILED TO EXECUTE The veteran pacer admitted that they could not execute their plans against Jayant Yadav despite being aware that he is a very capable batsman.advertisement”We plan for every batsman – from 1 to 11. We have played three Tests now against Yadav, so it is no surprise – we knew he can bat very competently. We had plans for him. Sometimes they don’t come off; sometimes you don’t execute your plans well enough, as was the case today. I thought he played exceptionally well,” he said. (Kohli made batting a lot easier, says Jayant Yadav)Anderson said England will notlook to play for a draw on the final day but would rather try to score quickly to set the hosts a targetand keep alive the series.England, down 2-0 in the series, trail India by 49 runs with four second-innings wickets remaining at the close of the fourthday.On a turning Wankhede Stadium pitch, batting fourth will not be easy for the hosts, who made 631 in their first innings. (Virat Kohli gives Wankhede, that Tendulkar experience)England lost three wickets cheaply in their second innings before Joe Root andJonny Bairstow launched a counter-attack with brisk fifties to bringdown the deficit.”We are going to come here tomorrow and try to fight our way back into this game if we can. We are 50 runs behind. If we can bat with the positive intent we showed today, there’s no reason why we can’t get a hundred ahead of them and then try to put some pressure on them with the ball,” Anderson said.last_img read more