Devon Leger: Straight from the Hearth

Devon Leger

Devon Leger

It’s always a pleasure to hear from Devon Leger, founder and operator of the Hearth Music promotion agency. Far from average publicists, the good people at Hearth are devoted to supporting the very best talent in roots, folk, and world music. Devon and his team are passionate about sharing great music, which is reflected by the quality of their products. Each hand-crafted package from Hearth is a labor of love, and a treat for the ear.

Mandorichard and Devon have a great time digging deep into roots. Among other topics, they discuss the Canadian scene, the relevance of CDs, weird colloquial languages, and talented artists of all ages. And, because this is The Music Room, they sample some tunes from Hearth Music’s impressive client roster.

The Interview

Devon Leger

The Music

Artist / Song / Album / Date

La Famile Leger / Reel du P’tit Cap / L’Etoile du Nord / 2014

The Sweet Lowdown / River Winding Down / Chasing the Sun / 2014

La Famile Leger / Reels: Coqueron, Saint Anne, a Belzebuth (From Andre Savoie “Toto”) / L’Etoile du Nord / 2014

The Railsplitters / Room At the Top of the Stairs / The Railsplitters / 2013







April Verch: Fiddler, hoofer, trouper

AprilVerch-BrightLikeGoldApril Verch has been dancing since she was 3, fiddling since she was 6, and releasing recordings since she was a teenager. She has had an amazing career as a performer and recording artist, playing a variety of fiddle styles including different Canadian and American “traditional” styles along with some traditional country music, swing, jazz, and original music.

April and her band always put on a very engaging and entertaining show providing a mixture of inspired music, song and dance. She’s toured Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America, showcasing some of the best traditional North American music while also showing how much fun it is to use that music as the point of departure for innovative new music.

Her concerts are huge fun, her CDs are great, and there are a lot of very good videos of her music and dancing on YouTube. If you get a chance, see her in concert. She plays with verve and style, and her gracious personality shines through when she’s on stage.

As you’ll hear, she and I had a lot of fun chatting about her music, her dad, some of her upcoming projects–but most of all, you’ll get to hear some great fiddling, dancing, and singing.

The Interview

Interview with April Verch (Recorded 11/20/13; original broadcast date: 12/3/13; host: Mandorichard). 29:18, 28.1 MB.

The Music

The following music appeared on this episode of The Music Room:

  • Artist / Song / Album (or note) / Label (or source) / Date / Notes
  • April Verch / Still Trying / That’s How We Run / Slab Town / 2011 / Bobby Hicks, Fiddle
  • April Verch / Five Miles from Town / That’s How We Run / Slab Town / 2011
  • April Verch / No Other Would Do / Bright Like Gold / Slab Town / 2013
  • April Verch / Sandy River Belle / Bright Like Gold / Slab Town / 2013
  • Strung / A Riverboat’s Gone / Band of Gypsies / Slab Town / 2010 / April Verch, Doug Cox, Tony McManus, Cody Walters